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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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What Explains the Timing of Pakistan’s Anti-India Dossier?
November 17, 2020

What Explains the Timing of Pakistan’s Anti-India Dossier?

By Umair Jamal
Islamabad has come forward with evidence about India’s role in spreading terrorism in Pakistan. That might be a politically smart move.
The Biden Administration Needs to Junk Trump’s Deal With the Taliban
November 13, 2020

The Biden Administration Needs to Junk Trump’s Deal With the Taliban

By Carlo J.V. Caro
A Taliban controlled by Pakistan is a threat to regional and global security.

India’s Ruling Party Narrowly Wins in Bihar
November 12, 2020

India’s Ruling Party Narrowly Wins in Bihar

By Krzysztof Iwanek
What do the Bihar elections tell us about the direction of Indian national politics?

Where Are the Women in Indian Diplomacy?
November 12, 2020

Where Are the Women in Indian Diplomacy?

By Khushi Singh Rathore
Have women broken the glass ceiling in Indian diplomacy? The answer is a resounding no.

A Biden-Harris Administration Spells Steady Continuity in US-India Relations
November 11, 2020

A Biden-Harris Administration Spells Steady Continuity in US-India Relations

By Akriti Vasudeva
The new administration is likely to be distracted by domestic circumstances; this could pave the way for a greater Indian agenda-setting role in the Indo-Pacific.
India’s Innovation-Driven Nordic-Baltic Engagement
November 11, 2020

India’s Innovation-Driven Nordic-Baltic Engagement

By Astha Chadha
India has pragmatic reasons to engage with Nordic and Baltic states as it pushes for a self-reliant yet outward looking economy.

Taliban Angle for Commitment to Deal From Incoming US Administration
November 11, 2020

Taliban Angle for Commitment to Deal From Incoming US Administration

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban urged the incoming Biden administration to stick to the Trump administration’s deal and its withdrawal plan.
Opposition in Maldives Continues Its ‘India Out’ Campaign as Both Countries Deepen Defense Ties
November 10, 2020

Opposition in Maldives Continues Its ‘India Out’ Campaign as Both Countries Deepen Defense Ties

By Sudha Ramachandran
Expanding economic cooperation is an important part of the deepening India-Maldives bond. Yet it is the military component of the relationship that is the target of the Maldivian opposition so far.

Checkbook in Hand, India Continues its Maldives Outreach
November 10, 2020

Checkbook in Hand, India Continues its Maldives Outreach

By Abhijnan Rej
The Indian foreign secretary’s visit to the Maldives is to follow up on India’s deepening commitments in the island nation.

From Trump to Biden: Will Anything Change for Pakistan in Washington?
November 09, 2020

From Trump to Biden: Will Anything Change for Pakistan in Washington?

By Umair Jamal
Brace for more of the same when it comes to Pakistan-US relations under Joe Biden.

Indian Oil Company Found Drilling in Eco-sensitive Zone Without Mandatory Clearances
November 09, 2020

Indian Oil Company Found Drilling in Eco-sensitive Zone Without Mandatory Clearances

By StoriesAsia
A fire at the Baghjan natural gas well in Assam once again brings to fore the recklessness of India’s state-owned companies.
India and the Philippines Must Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Management
November 07, 2020

India and the Philippines Must Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Management

By Abhijnan Rej
Greater cooperation and dialogue around softer issues will pave way for greater strategic cooperation.

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