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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.

India Should Articulate a Clearer Commitment to Tibetans
August 03, 2021

India Should Articulate a Clearer Commitment to Tibetans

By Mohamed Zeeshan
New Delhi’s frequent flip-flops on political engagement with the Tibetans will not help it cultivate Tibet as a bargaining chip against China.

How Pakistan Failed Its Women
August 03, 2021

How Pakistan Failed Its Women

By Nushmiya Sukhera
Gender-based violence in Pakistan – including the latest horrific murder in Islamabad – is a product of the government’s failure to act.
Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortages
August 02, 2021

Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortages

By Victoria Milko and Aniruddha Ghosal
"The virus doesn't distinguish between a national and a refugee.”

Trial by Pandemic: Uttar Pradesh Polls Big Test For BJP
August 02, 2021

Trial by Pandemic: Uttar Pradesh Polls Big Test For BJP

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The 2022 elections in UP may indicate whether the BJP’s popularity has been dented in any way by the pandemic.

Brutal Killing Spotlights Violence Against Women in Pakistan
August 02, 2021

Brutal Killing Spotlights Violence Against Women in Pakistan

By Kathy Gannon
Rights activists say that gender-based assaults are on the rise as Pakistan barrels toward greater religious extremism.

‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US
July 30, 2021

‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Lee
Subsequent flights are due to bring more of the roughly 700 applicants who are farthest along in the process of getting visas.

Pakistan’s Social Media Is Overflowing With Hate Speech Against Ahmadis
July 30, 2021

Pakistan’s Social Media Is Overflowing With Hate Speech Against Ahmadis

By Tehreem Azeem
The minority community has always faced persecution in the real world. Online, it’s become even more common.
Afghanistan 2021 Is Not Afghanistan 1996. That Offers Hope for Peace.
July 30, 2021

Afghanistan 2021 Is Not Afghanistan 1996. That Offers Hope for Peace.

By Mirwais Wakil and Anthony Pahnke
The reality in Afghanistan and the region provides a lot for peacemakers to work with -- if we can look past gloomy predictions.

The Gendered Impact of Uttar Pradesh’s Population Control Bill
July 30, 2021

The Gendered Impact of Uttar Pradesh’s Population Control Bill

By Bansari Kamdar
Improving women’s access to family planning and education would be a better way to control population growth.

Blinken’s India Visit Goes Off Smoothly
July 30, 2021

Blinken’s India Visit Goes Off Smoothly

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite concerns that the Biden administration’s focus on human rights and democracy would entail sharp criticism of New Delhi, Blinken’s visit highlighted the many areas of bilateral synergy.

Oversight After the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
July 29, 2021

Oversight After the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
In its latest quarterly report, SIGAR says the withdrawal complicates its mission, but does not diminish the necessity of oversight as U.S. funds continue to flow.
Elections in Pakistan’s Kashmir Highlight Domination by Mainland Parties
July 29, 2021

Elections in Pakistan’s Kashmir Highlight Domination by Mainland Parties

By Umair Jamal
The election campaign saw little discussion of Pakistan’s territorial claims over Indian-administered Kashmir.

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