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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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Can Russia Help Cash-Strapped Pakistan?

Can Russia Help Cash-Strapped Pakistan?

By Syed Basim Raza and Saleem Abbas
As important is diversifying trade partners as deeper cooperation with Russia may incur diplomatic consequences for Pakistan.
Is Maldivian President Muizzu the Target of Sorcery?

Is Maldivian President Muizzu the Target of Sorcery?

By Ahmed Naish
Or are authorities using sorcery allegations as a pretext to arrest a former close aide of Muizzu who allegedly had evidence of his corruption during his days as Malé mayor?

Deportation of Afghan Migrants to Continue, Pakistan Government Says

Deportation of Afghan Migrants to Continue, Pakistan Government Says

By Munir Ahmed
The announcement came a day after Islamabad said it has extended the stay of 1.45 million Afghan refugees residing in the country.

The Manipur Conflict: Internal Discontent, Policy Gaps, and Regional Implications

The Manipur Conflict: Internal Discontent, Policy Gaps, and Regional Implications

By Anuradha Oinam and Stanzin Lhaskyabs
The prolonged conflict, nearing a civil war, is causing a significant and irreversible shift in how the people of Manipur perceive each other and New Delhi. 

Pakistan Says 1.45 Million Afghans Can Stay For Another Year Following UN Refugee Chief’s Visit

Pakistan Says 1.45 Million Afghans Can Stay For Another Year Following UN Refugee Chief’s Visit

By Munir Ahmed
The decision came after a widely criticized anti-migrant crackdown that started last year forced an estimated 600,000 Afghans to return home.
Exam Debate Betrays India’s Next Generation of Leaders

Exam Debate Betrays India’s Next Generation of Leaders

By Deepanshu Mohan
Exam paper leaks cause immense damage to the psychological state of India’s younger generation in pursuit of a better, more progressive future.

Will India-UK Relations Remain Warm Under Labor Rule?

Will India-UK Relations Remain Warm Under Labor Rule?

By Elizabeth Roche
Traditionally, Labor governments have tended to lean toward Pakistan on India-Pakistan issues like Kashmir. Will Prime Minister Starmer follow that trend?
Ensuring Security for Progress: Pakistan’s Commitment to Chinese Safety

Ensuring Security for Progress: Pakistan’s Commitment to Chinese Safety

By Ayesha Sikandar
In the face of continued attacks, Pakistan is making efforts to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals as well as foreign investments.

Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Deal: Economic Relief or Creditor Windfall?

Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Deal: Economic Relief or Creditor Windfall?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The agreement further entangles Sri Lanka in an exploitative global debt system that prioritizes creditor profits over the country's development and people's welfare.

Pakistan Looks to Leverage SCO for Regional Support on Counterterrorism

Pakistan Looks to Leverage SCO for Regional Support on Counterterrorism

By Umair Jamal
The SCO summit provided Pakistan with an opportunity to bring its concerns to a forum that includes its neighbors, key allies, and adversaries, such as China, Russia, and India.

What Draws People to India’s Fake ‘Godmen’?

What Draws People to India’s Fake ‘Godmen’?

By Kavita Chowdhury
‘Godman’ ‘Bhole Baba’ draws Dalits, the poor and illiterate in droves. At his recent congregation in Uttar Pradesh, 121 followers died in a stampede.
Foes CPN-UML and the Nepali Congress Turn Friends to Form New Nepali Government

Foes CPN-UML and the Nepali Congress Turn Friends to Form New Nepali Government

By Sudha Ramachandran
The political promiscuity of its parties, not the electoral system, is responsible for the country’s prolonged instability.

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