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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.

What to Expect From the Virtual EU-India Leaders’ Meeting
May 08, 2021

What to Expect From the Virtual EU-India Leaders’ Meeting

By Stefania Benaglia
There are high expectations for the meeting on May 8, in the context of the EU's Indo-Pacific turn, and New Delhi's increasing outreach to Brussels.

Maldives’ Parliament Speaker Nasheed in Critical Condition After Blast
May 08, 2021

Maldives’ Parliament Speaker Nasheed in Critical Condition After Blast

By Mohamed Sharuhaan
Police said that they were investigating the explosion as an act of terrorism targeting the former president.
US Sends More Warplanes to Protect Pullout from Afghanistan
May 07, 2021

US Sends More Warplanes to Protect Pullout from Afghanistan

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor
Military commanders have said that additional forces will flow in temporarily to help with security and logistics for the drawdown.

What’s Behind Pakistan Outreach to Saudi Arabia?
May 07, 2021

What’s Behind Pakistan Outreach to Saudi Arabia?

By Umair Jamal
Amid a serious regional churn, Islamabad may not be ready to jettison its long-time ally just yet.

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum
May 07, 2021

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Sri Lanka’s Parliament postponed discussion of a bill regarding Colombo Port City, but it is expected to pass.

Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords
May 07, 2021

Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords

By Waleed Mir
Warlords are a volatile group and with uncertainty looming in Afghanistan, these strongmen may look to protect their own interests first.

Internet and Social Media Blackouts Are Hurting Businesses in Pakistan
May 06, 2021

Internet and Social Media Blackouts Are Hurting Businesses in Pakistan

By Shahid Afzal Khan
The internet offers Pakistan a path for sustainable economic growth. Government “security” policies must not get in its way.
Amid US Pullout, Taliban Issue Threat to Afghan Journalists
May 06, 2021

Amid US Pullout, Taliban Issue Threat to Afghan Journalists

By Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar
The Taliban warned journalists to stop giving “one-sided news in support of Afghanistan's intelligence" service or "face the consequences."

Staunch Anti-India Kashmir Politician Dies in Police Custody
May 05, 2021

Staunch Anti-India Kashmir Politician Dies in Police Custody

By Aijaz Hussain
Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai had been in jail for nearly a year under the Public Safety Act.

Pandemic Second Wave Presents a Moment of Reckoning for Modi – and Indian Politics
May 05, 2021

Pandemic Second Wave Presents a Moment of Reckoning for Modi – and Indian Politics

By Asim Ali
While the BJP’s defeat in the West Bengal elections hardly marks a referendum against Modi, rising middle class anger could indeed reverse his fortunes.

Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins
May 04, 2021

Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins

By Catherine Putz
Since the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, Afghan casualties -- both military and civilian -- have soared. That bodes ill for the future.
Virus Second Wave Sweeps Away Modi’s House of Cards
May 04, 2021

Virus Second Wave Sweeps Away Modi’s House of Cards

By Abhimanyu Chandra
For the past seven years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has privileged optics over substance. That strategy has now spectacularly failed.

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