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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.

Pakistan’s Former PM Nawaz Sharif Is Acquitted on Graft Charges

Pakistan’s Former PM Nawaz Sharif Is Acquitted on Graft Charges

By Munir Ahmed
The ruling brings the PML-N leader one step closer to running in next year’s elections.

Pakistan’s BRICS Aspiration

Pakistan’s BRICS Aspiration

By Mashal Zahid
India’s potential veto is a problem, but the bigger hurdle could be Pakistan’s internal dysfunction.
Why is Bangladesh Even Bothering to Hold Elections?

Why is Bangladesh Even Bothering to Hold Elections?

By Mubashar Hasan
Autocratic states elsewhere in the world offer useful insights to understand Bangladesh’s upcoming election.

Women’s Rights in the Balance as India Weighs Criminalizing Marital Rape

Women’s Rights in the Balance as India Weighs Criminalizing Marital Rape

By Saumya Uma
India's Supreme Court is poised to deliver a landmark judgement that may make marital rape a crime, a fiercely debated subject with roots in colonial law.

In Nepal’s Capital, Protesters Call for Return to Monarchy, Hindu State

In Nepal’s Capital, Protesters Call for Return to Monarchy, Hindu State

By Prakash Neupane
The violent clashes that followed drew attention to long-standing discontent with Nepal's current governance system.

Bhutan Takes Another Step Forward on Democratic Path

Bhutan Takes Another Step Forward on Democratic Path

By Mimrah Abdul Ghafoor
Voting in the first phase of elections to the National Assembly – the fourth since the Himalayan kingdom democratized in 2008 – will take place on November 30.

Western Powers and India Spar Over New Delhi’s Alleged Assassinations Abroad

Western Powers and India Spar Over New Delhi’s Alleged Assassinations Abroad

By Angshuman Choudhury
Lacking the clout of Israel or China makes it all the more difficult for India to get away with pre-emptive assassinations of individuals it views as threats to its security.
Domino Effect: Can 2023 State Elections Upset the Modi Machine in 2024?

Domino Effect: Can 2023 State Elections Upset the Modi Machine in 2024?

By Nikhil Sehra
India's state elections don’t usually foretell national polls, but this time around, many will be looking for signs of a winning strategy.

Momentum in the India-Australia Relationship on Display With 2+2 Strategic Dialogue

Momentum in the India-Australia Relationship on Display With 2+2 Strategic Dialogue

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Canberra and New Delhi look at each other as vital partners playing critical roles in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. 

A China-US Thaw Would Be Both Good and Bad for India

A China-US Thaw Would Be Both Good and Bad for India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Despite sundry differences with India, so long as the United States needs to contain China, it will feel compelled to overlook problems in its ties with Delhi.

Bangladeshis Look to the US for Restoration of Democracy

Bangladeshis Look to the US for Restoration of Democracy

By Faiz Ahmad Taiyeb
Are the US pressure tactics aimed at strengthening democracy or securing concessions from the present regime in Bangladesh?
Leaked Pakistani Documents Point to Indian Assassination Program

Leaked Pakistani Documents Point to Indian Assassination Program

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan is trying to capitalize on the negative publicity that India has garnered over its alleged assassination of Kashmir and Khalistan activists living in Pakistan.

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