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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.

With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace
August 11, 2020

With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace

By Ahmad Mohibi
At long last, the Afghan government and the Taliban are ready to start their long-delayed peace talks.

Why Did Pakistan Lay Claim to the Indian Territory of Junagadh? 
August 10, 2020

Why Did Pakistan Lay Claim to the Indian Territory of Junagadh? 

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The Junagadh issue had once been used to raise points in the Kashmir dispute. But this is no longer of significance.
China’s Stake in Bangladesh Is Overplayed
August 08, 2020

China’s Stake in Bangladesh Is Overplayed

By Adam Pitman
The China-India conflict has inspired more paternalism against Bangladesh’s rapidly developing economy.

India-Myanmar Border on High Alert After Ambush by Separatist Rebels
August 07, 2020

India-Myanmar Border on High Alert After Ambush by Separatist Rebels

By StoriesAsia
The ambush came amid a reshuffling of the Naga separatist movement in Myanmar.

India Under Strain Across South Asia  
August 07, 2020

India Under Strain Across South Asia  

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India’s regional relations are almost all in states of distress. That’s a big problem for New Delhi.

After a Year as a Union Territory, Dashed Hopes in Ladakh
August 06, 2020

After a Year as a Union Territory, Dashed Hopes in Ladakh

By Anwar Ali Tsarpa
Even those who demanded UT status have been disappointed by the reality: less representation, more bureaucracy, and still no jobs.

Afghan Council to Decide Whether Kabul Releases 400 Taliban
August 06, 2020

Afghan Council to Decide Whether Kabul Releases 400 Taliban

By Associated Press
The release of the 400 prisoners is seen as the final hurdle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.
Modi Lays Foundation of Hindu Temple at Razed Mosque Site
August 06, 2020

Modi Lays Foundation of Hindu Temple at Razed Mosque Site

By Associated Press
India’s prime minister attended the ground-breaking for a controversial temple built on the site of the demolished 16th century Babri mosque.

Why the Nepal Communist Party Must Not Split
August 05, 2020

Why the Nepal Communist Party Must Not Split

By Pradip Adhikari
A split in the NCP would be bad for the factions involved as well as the country writ large.

Rajapaksa Brothers Expect Strong Support in Sri Lanka Polls
August 04, 2020

Rajapaksa Brothers Expect Strong Support in Sri Lanka Polls

By Associated Press
There are at least four Rajapaksa family members contesting seats in the Parliament election scheduled for Wednesday.

Kashmir and the Forgotten History of India’s Princely States
August 04, 2020

Kashmir and the Forgotten History of India’s Princely States

By Sarath Pillai
As far as the princely states are concerned, the history of independent India is full of inviolable safeguards being broken.
Ram Temple and the Triumph of Sangh Parivar
August 04, 2020

Ram Temple and the Triumph of Sangh Parivar

By Avishek Jha
The groundbreaking on the controversial temple is a testament to the Hindu nationalist movement’s total dominance of society and politics in India.

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