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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 Does the Kartarpur Corridor Really Mean for India-Pakistan Relations?
November 20, 2019

What Does the Kartarpur Corridor Really Mean for India-Pakistan Relations?

By Vinay Kaura
Hidden motives and lingering tensions mean the corridor's impact on the overall relationship will be limited.

The Kartarpur Corridor and India-Pakistan Economic Linkages
November 16, 2019

The Kartarpur Corridor and India-Pakistan Economic Linkages

By Tridivesh Singh Maini
Can the Kartarpur Corridor lead to the greater connectivity between the two South Asian neighbors?
Pakistan’s Sit-In Protests Come to an End, But Key Issues Remain Unresolved
November 15, 2019

Pakistan’s Sit-In Protests Come to an End, But Key Issues Remain Unresolved

By Daud Khattak
The protest might be over, but the central civilian-military tussle persists.

In Afghanistan’s Capital, Air Pollution May Be Even Deadlier Than War
November 14, 2019

In Afghanistan’s Capital, Air Pollution May Be Even Deadlier Than War

By Associated Press
Kabul is now one of the world’s most polluted cities.

We Still Don’t Know Who Won Afghanistan’s Presidential Election
November 13, 2019

We Still Don’t Know Who Won Afghanistan’s Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
More than 40 days after the pivotal presidential election, we’re still unsure how many votes were cast -- not to mention who the victor is.

India’s Updated Political Map Sparks Controversy in Nepal
November 11, 2019

India’s Updated Political Map Sparks Controversy in Nepal

By StoriesAsia
A new Indian political map has revived concerns in Kathmandu about Kalapani.

The Russo-Indian AK-203 Venture: A Case Study in Defense Pragmatism?
November 11, 2019

The Russo-Indian AK-203 Venture: A Case Study in Defense Pragmatism?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
What does India’s decision to enter into a massive rifle production joint venture with Russia say about its priorities?
Hindu Temple Triumphs in Babri Masjid Mosque Case
November 10, 2019

Hindu Temple Triumphs in Babri Masjid Mosque Case

By Associated Press
India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple in one of India’s most contentious religious disputes.

What Can We Learn from the US State Department’s Terrorism Report on Pakistan?
November 09, 2019

What Can We Learn from the US State Department’s Terrorism Report on Pakistan?

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan took some serious criticism irrespective of the country’s efforts.

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Upping the ‘Look West’ Game
November 09, 2019

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Upping the ‘Look West’ Game

By Shreya Upadhyay
India’s Look West policy received a fillip with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act
November 08, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act

By Mohammed Shihab
The winner of the Nov. 16 poll will have to balance competing great powers as well as safeguard security and sovereignty at home.
Why Are Nigerians Illicitly Landing In India’s Northeast From Bangladesh?
November 08, 2019

Why Are Nigerians Illicitly Landing In India’s Northeast From Bangladesh?

By StoriesAsia
Is the Bangladesh-India border a passage into India for Nigerians?

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