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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.

SAARC Foreign Ministers Meet Virtually in a Sign That the Grouping Is Not Dead – Yet
September 25, 2020

SAARC Foreign Ministers Meet Virtually in a Sign That the Grouping Is Not Dead – Yet

By Abhijnan Rej
The meeting also saw India and Pakistan trade barbs.

Jaishankar’s Six Needles: Indian Foreign Policy ‘The India Way’
September 25, 2020

Jaishankar’s Six Needles: Indian Foreign Policy ‘The India Way’

By Krzysztof Iwanek
What does a new book from India’s minister of external affairs tell us of his vision of foreign policy?
Pakistan Opposition’s Plan to Challenge Military Faces Setbacks
September 25, 2020

Pakistan Opposition’s Plan to Challenge Military Faces Setbacks

By Umair Jamal
While publicly taking a harsh stance on the military’s role in Pakistan’s politics, the country’s opposition parties also seek to be in its good books.

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators
September 25, 2020

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators

By Bansari Kamdar
Money, pedigree, sexism and social norms keep Sri Lanka’s largest electorate – the country’s women – out of politics.

Kashmiri Militants Shift Base in a Worrying Sign for Indian Security Forces
September 25, 2020

Kashmiri Militants Shift Base in a Worrying Sign for Indian Security Forces

By Sudha Ramachandran
As militants move base to north Kashmir, they are likely to take advantage of the area’s proximity to Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace
September 25, 2020

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace

By Catherine Putz
As Afghan government and Taliban negotiators sort out the rules and procedures, let alone an agenda, for peace, violence persists in Afghanistan.

Afghan Officials: Taliban Attack Checkpoints, Kill 28 Police
September 25, 2020

Afghan Officials: Taliban Attack Checkpoints, Kill 28 Police

By Associated Press
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it said were carried out after the police in the area refused to surrender.
Could the Islamic State – Khorasan Province Be the Next Chapter of Global Terrorism?
September 24, 2020

Could the Islamic State – Khorasan Province Be the Next Chapter of Global Terrorism?

By Arian Sharifi
Peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban is not a silver bullet for peace in the region. ISKP poses a significant threat.

Is Bangladesh Growing Closer to China at the Expense of Its Relations With India?
September 23, 2020

Is Bangladesh Growing Closer to China at the Expense of Its Relations With India?

By Masum Billah
Bangladeshi experts believe media speculation on deteriorating Bangladesh-India relations is overhyped.

Witnesses: Afghan Government Airstrikes Kill 24 Civilians
September 22, 2020

Witnesses: Afghan Government Airstrikes Kill 24 Civilians

By Associated Press
The Afghan Defense Ministry, however, said the airstrikes killed 30 Taliban fighters.

Was India’s Special Frontier Force Engaged in Bhutan’s Operation All Clear to Flush Out Militants?
September 22, 2020

Was India’s Special Frontier Force Engaged in Bhutan’s Operation All Clear to Flush Out Militants?

By StoriesAsia
A 2019 court judgement against an Assamese militant note presents new evidence.
Pakistan Opposition, Backed by Ex-Premier, to Protest Khan
September 21, 2020

Pakistan Opposition, Backed by Ex-Premier, to Protest Khan

By Associated Press
Nawaz Sharif has re-entered Pakistan’s political fray, calling for Khan’s ouster.

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