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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.

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Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying
June 14, 2021

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reports of the collapse of India’s democracy are often alarmist and misinformed.
India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President
June 14, 2021

India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President

By Sudha Ramachandran
India expects the coming year at the UNGA to be tension-free.

10 Killed in Attack on Demining Camp in Afghanistan
June 10, 2021

10 Killed in Attack on Demining Camp in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
“What took place last night was genuinely horrific: Ten men, murdered in their beds.”

Don’t Expect Pakistan to Host US Military Bases
June 10, 2021

Don’t Expect Pakistan to Host US Military Bases

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery
As Washington looks for options post-Afghanistan withdrawal, Islamabad isn’t going to roll out the red carpet.

US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain
June 09, 2021

US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain

By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
Officials acknowledge that the withdrawal so far has largely involved removing or otherwise disposing of mountains of equipment. 
Maldives Foreign Minister Elected as UN Assembly President
June 09, 2021

Maldives Foreign Minister Elected as UN Assembly President

By Edith M. Lederer
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives pledged a focus on pandemic relief and climate change during his yearlong term as UNGA president.

‘Twitter Storm’ Demands Greater Focus on India’s Northeast
June 08, 2021

‘Twitter Storm’ Demands Greater Focus on India’s Northeast

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
Indians took to Twitter to demand the Northeast be covered in a dedicated chapter in state-commissioned textbooks.
India to Provide Free Vaccines to All in Major Policy Shift
June 08, 2021

India to Provide Free Vaccines to All in Major Policy Shift

By Sheikh Saaliq
Under the earlier policy, the federal government gave free shots only to people above 45 years of age and front-line workers.

Glacial Lake Floods Are Costing Pakistan
June 07, 2021

Glacial Lake Floods Are Costing Pakistan

By Shahid Afzal Khan
In addition to the direct damage done to locals, the flooding also spells disaster for Pakistan's long-term water security.

After Container Ship Fire, Sri Lanka Faces Environmental Catastrophe
June 07, 2021

After Container Ship Fire, Sri Lanka Faces Environmental Catastrophe

By Sudha Ramachandran
Hazardous chemicals, plastic micro-pellets, and now an oil spill -- the sinking X-Press Pearl has done incalculable damage to Sri Lanka's coast and waters.

Pakistan Targets a Resurgent TTP as Uncertainty Looms in Afghanistan
June 05, 2021

Pakistan Targets a Resurgent TTP as Uncertainty Looms in Afghanistan

By Umair Jamal
The withdrawal of U.S. troops raises questions about Pakistan’s ability to target TTP militants in Afghanistan.
China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms
June 04, 2021

China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms

By Associated Press
China has long resented the presence of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, but is equally wary of instability in the region.

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