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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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Hindu Temple Triumphs in Babri Masjid Mosque Case
November 10, 2019

Hindu Temple Triumphs in Babri Masjid Mosque Case

By Associated Press
India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple in one of India’s most contentious religious disputes.
What Can We Learn from the US State Department’s Terrorism Report on Pakistan?
November 09, 2019

What Can We Learn from the US State Department’s Terrorism Report on Pakistan?

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan took some serious criticism irrespective of the country’s efforts.

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Upping the ‘Look West’ Game
November 09, 2019

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Upping the ‘Look West’ Game

By Shreya Upadhyay
India’s Look West policy received a fillip with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act
November 08, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act

By Mohammed Shihab
The winner of the Nov. 16 poll will have to balance competing great powers as well as safeguard security and sovereignty at home.

Why Are Nigerians Illicitly Landing In India’s Northeast From Bangladesh?
November 08, 2019

Why Are Nigerians Illicitly Landing In India’s Northeast From Bangladesh?

By StoriesAsia
Is the Bangladesh-India border a passage into India for Nigerians?
Rejecting RCEP: India’s Great Geoeconomic Misstep
November 07, 2019

Rejecting RCEP: India’s Great Geoeconomic Misstep

By Abhijnan Rej
Rejecting the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a colossal mistake for New Delhi.

Pakistan’s Massive March Calls out Military Overreach
November 06, 2019

Pakistan’s Massive March Calls out Military Overreach

By Daud Khattak
The Azadi March has brought the religious right and secular left together on a one-point agenda of civilian supremacy.
India Had Good Reason to Pull out of RCEP
November 05, 2019

India Had Good Reason to Pull out of RCEP

By Niranjan Marjani
The mega-trade deal could have undermined India’s strategic interests in Southeast Asia.

Learning From US Efforts to Reintegrate Former Combatants in Afghanistan
November 05, 2019

Learning From US Efforts to Reintegrate Former Combatants in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
Afghan reintegration programs have largely failed, but success will be necessary if any potential peace deal is to have lasting impact.

Pakistani Islamists Stage Sit-in in Islamabad, Demand Prime Minister’s Resignation
November 02, 2019

Pakistani Islamists Stage Sit-in in Islamabad, Demand Prime Minister’s Resignation

By Associated Press
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party led the march, painting PM Khan as a inept military puppet.

What to Expect from the India-China High-Level Trade Dialogue
November 01, 2019

What to Expect from the India-China High-Level Trade Dialogue

By Priyanka Pandit
The Sino-Indian trade deficit is both an economic and a political problem.
US Envoy in Kabul Negotiating Hostage Release, Sources Say
November 01, 2019

US Envoy in Kabul Negotiating Hostage Release, Sources Say

By Associated Press
Officials hope a prisoner exchange can resuscitate the peace talks.

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