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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.

Supply Chain Disruption: A Key Trigger for India’s Plea for Climate Change Action 

Supply Chain Disruption: A Key Trigger for India’s Plea for Climate Change Action 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The serious impact of climate change on India’s economic aspiration has begun to figure on the government’s agenda or at least in its public pronouncements.

Bangladesh’s Tough Tightrope Walk Between India and China

Bangladesh’s Tough Tightrope Walk Between India and China

By Saqlain Rizve
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has completed bilateral visits to India and China. The one to Beijing disappointed Dhaka.
Will Nepal’s New Government Usher in a New Electoral System?

Will Nepal’s New Government Usher in a New Electoral System?

By Pratistha Rijal
The current coalition, while fragile, has enough seats to undertake constitutional amendment, and potentially do away with Nepal’s mixed electoral system.

Pakistani Government Seeking Ban on Imran Khan’s Party

Pakistani Government Seeking Ban on Imran Khan’s Party

By Umair Jamal
The decision appears to be a response from the Sharif government and military to the judiciary’s recent rulings supportive of Khan.

Violent Clashes Over Government Jobs Quota System Leave Scores Injured in Bangladesh

Violent Clashes Over Government Jobs Quota System Leave Scores Injured in Bangladesh

By Julhas Alam
The quota system sets aside 30 percent of government jobs for family members of those who fought in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

The Carbon Footprints of Indian Business Tycoon’s Head-Turning Wedding Display

The Carbon Footprints of Indian Business Tycoon’s Head-Turning Wedding Display

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The marathon celebration over Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant’s wedding could go down in history as one of the most expensive – in both cash and carbon.

Pakistan’s Government Accuses Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan of Treason

Pakistan’s Government Accuses Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan of Treason

By Munir Ahmed
Khan's party said the government's moves are a desperate response to recent court verdicts throwing out previous convictions against him.
Why Is the Bangladesh Government Unable to Quell Ongoing Students Protests?

Why Is the Bangladesh Government Unable to Quell Ongoing Students Protests?

By Mubashar Hasan and Arild Engelsen Ruud
Despite dominating the state, the Awami League government is unable to establish control over society even after 15 years in power.

Nepal’s Khadga Prasad Oli Takes Oath as Prime Minister for 4th Time

Nepal’s Khadga Prasad Oli Takes Oath as Prime Minister for 4th Time

By Binaj Gurubacharya
He will have to win a vote of confidence within a month to continue in office.

Districts in the Western Indian Himalayan Region Are More Prone to Climate Change Risks, Says New Study

Districts in the Western Indian Himalayan Region Are More Prone to Climate Change Risks, Says New Study

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
According to the IIT-M report, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is the most hazard-prone district of the IHR followed by the East Sikkim in the Northeast.

Can Russia Help Cash-Strapped Pakistan?

Can Russia Help Cash-Strapped Pakistan?

By Syed Basim Raza and Saleem Abbas
As important is diversifying trade partners as deeper cooperation with Russia may incur diplomatic consequences for Pakistan.
Is Maldivian President Muizzu the Target of Sorcery?

Is Maldivian President Muizzu the Target of Sorcery?

By Ahmed Naish
Or are authorities using sorcery allegations as a pretext to arrest a former close aide of Muizzu who allegedly had evidence of his corruption during his days as Malé mayor?

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