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South Asia is a story of promise and peril where Asia’s conflicting forces of modernity and reaction meet head on. Home to a multitude of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions, The Diplomat's regional correspondents and experts will provide the insight you need to navigate one of the world's most consequential regions.

With the Rajapaksas at the Helm, Press Freedom in Sri Lanka Takes a Hit
December 01, 2020

With the Rajapaksas at the Helm, Press Freedom in Sri Lanka Takes a Hit

By Jeevethan Selvachandran
As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues amassing power, the future for the country's media looks bleak.

NATO Mulls Afghan Dilemma as US Draws Down, Attacks Mount
December 01, 2020

NATO Mulls Afghan Dilemma as US Draws Down, Attacks Mount

By Associated Press
But despite the surge in violence, and deep uncertainty caused by the U.S. drawdown, the peace agreement appears to be an opportunity too good for NATO to miss.
Pakistan’s Opposition Holds Rally in Multan Day After Arrests
December 01, 2020

Pakistan’s Opposition Holds Rally in Multan Day After Arrests

By Associated Press
Hundreds of activists were arrested a day ahead of the opposition rally, which went ahead despite a government ban.

Colombo Hosts India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Maritime Security NSA Trilateral Meeting
November 28, 2020

Colombo Hosts India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Maritime Security NSA Trilateral Meeting

By Abhijnan Rej
Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s history with the island nation and the Rajapaksa brothers is worth keeping in mind.

Unfazed Indian Farmers Continue Protest Against New Laws
November 27, 2020

Unfazed Indian Farmers Continue Protest Against New Laws

By Associated Press
In September, India passed new laws that some farmers term unfair and against their interests.

Infighting in Pakistan’s Right-Wing TLP Following Death of Leader
November 27, 2020

Infighting in Pakistan’s Right-Wing TLP Following Death of Leader

By Umair Jamal
Pir Afzal Qadri, a prominent figure in the Tehreek-e-Labbaik, has challenged Khadim Rizvi’s son anointment as party leader.

Political Infighting in Nepal Reaches Alarming Levels Alongside High-Level Foreign Visits
November 27, 2020

Political Infighting in Nepal Reaches Alarming Levels Alongside High-Level Foreign Visits

By Sudha Ramachandran
While the Oli-Dahal fight has reached a critical point, Oli’s government continues to engage India and China as both jostle for influence in the Himalayan nation.
EU, Other Donors Step up With Funds to Help Afghanistan
November 25, 2020

EU, Other Donors Step up With Funds to Help Afghanistan

By Associated Press
The final tally could amount to over $12 billion over four years, a drop from the $15 billion pledged back in 2016.

India’s Protectionism Might Hinder Its Economic Growth — and Affect Global Partnerships
November 24, 2020

India’s Protectionism Might Hinder Its Economic Growth — and Affect Global Partnerships

By Aparna Pande
India’s growth and global heft crucially depends on its economic openness and willingness to provide a level playing field to foreign companies.

Indian Foreign Secretary Heads to Nepal as Relations Show Signs of Thaw
November 24, 2020

Indian Foreign Secretary Heads to Nepal as Relations Show Signs of Thaw

By Abhijnan Rej
India-Nepal relations have nosedived since May when India inaugurated a new road that, according to Nepal, passes through its territory.

Banning Fireworks on Diwali: A Window Into Money and Politics in India
November 21, 2020

Banning Fireworks on Diwali: A Window Into Money and Politics in India

By Prashant Waikar
What looks like an eminently sensible decision, given the extremely polluting effects of fireworks, has become a politically contentious issue.
Radical Leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi is Dead – But His Ideology Will Live On in Pakistan
November 20, 2020

Radical Leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi is Dead – But His Ideology Will Live On in Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Leader of a right-wing party with pull, Rizvi’s death will not diminish extremist politics in Pakistan.

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