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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.

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 
September 24, 2021

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 

By Mehdi J. Hakimi
When they first captured Kabul back in 1996, the Taliban promised amnesty. It wasn’t a genuine offer then, and it isn’t now either. 

Top Pakistan Diplomat Details Taliban Plan
September 23, 2021

Top Pakistan Diplomat Details Taliban Plan

By Edith M. Lederer
"Yes, there are no women yet," Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi said of the Taliban government. "But let us let the situation evolve."
Under Taliban, Thriving Afghan Music Scene Heads to Silence
September 23, 2021

Under Taliban, Thriving Afghan Music Scene Heads to Silence

By Bernat Armangue
Afghanistan has a strong musical tradition and a thriving pop music scene -- now cowed into silence by the Taliban’s rise.

Blame Game Won’t Help Pakistan’s Cricketing Cause
September 23, 2021

Blame Game Won’t Help Pakistan’s Cricketing Cause

By Umair Jamal
No Pakistani official has admitted to concerns emerging from the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan and the region.

Does the Afghan Debacle Signal Declining US Influence?
September 22, 2021

Does the Afghan Debacle Signal Declining US Influence?

By Niha Dagia
Experts say to maintain influence Washington “will need at a minimum to recognize the Taliban government.”

Taliban Name Deputy Ministers, Double Down on All-Male Team
September 21, 2021

Taliban Name Deputy Ministers, Double Down on All-Male Team

By Kathy Gannon
The Taliban seek international support as they grapple with the daunting challenges of governing a nation shredded by four decades of conflict. But they aren’t in a rush to give women power.

A Glimpse at What Went Wrong with the Afghan SIV Process
September 21, 2021

A Glimpse at What Went Wrong with the Afghan SIV Process

By Catherine Putz
Two June 2020 State OIG reports illustrate some of the long-known, ever-unresolved issues stymieing the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa process.
The BJP is Playing the Communal Card Again
September 21, 2021

The BJP is Playing the Communal Card Again

By Tarushi Aswani
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that Muslims are cornering most of the state-subsidized food-grain rations.

India’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan
September 20, 2021

India’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

By Mohamed Zeeshan
New Delhi will need to institutionalize scenario planning in foreign policy making if it is keen to shape global events.

New Zealand Abandons Cricket Tour of Pakistan Over Security Concerns
September 18, 2021

New Zealand Abandons Cricket Tour of Pakistan Over Security Concerns

By Rizwan Ali
New Zealand Cricket called off its first match in Pakistan in 18 years, even though Pakistan’s government insisted that “no security threat of any kind exists.”

Party Politicking Backfires on Nepal’s PM Deuba
September 17, 2021

Party Politicking Backfires on Nepal’s PM Deuba

By Arun Budhathoki
An ordinance that the Nepali prime minister introduced recently to ease the splitting of parties is proving counterproductive.
With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo
September 16, 2021

With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo

By Isabel Debre
Without access to its own or foreign funds, the interim government in Kabul can't even pay the import taxes needed to bring containers of badly needed food from a port in Pakistan.

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