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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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Uzair Baloch, the Pakistan People’s Party, and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
July 11, 2020

Uzair Baloch, the Pakistan People’s Party, and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

By Umair Jamal
How a gangster from Karachi may become central to one of Pakistan’s defining constitutional amendments.
History of Tibet-Ladakh Relations and Their Modern Implications
July 11, 2020

History of Tibet-Ladakh Relations and Their Modern Implications

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
History casts a long shadow in the Himalayas.

Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy Post-Article 370
July 09, 2020

Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy Post-Article 370

By Majid Alam
Imran Khan seemed content to sideline the Kashmir issue until India’s power move forced his hand.

US General Skeptical That Bounties Led to Troops’ Deaths
July 09, 2020

US General Skeptical That Bounties Led to Troops’ Deaths

By Associated Press
"I found it very worrisome. I didn't find that there was a causative link there," Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command said.

Pakistani Carrier Fires 28 Pilots Over Fake Licenses Scandal
July 09, 2020

Pakistani Carrier Fires 28 Pilots Over Fake Licenses Scandal

By Associated Press
The firings follow an internal investigation that found widespread cheating by pilots on exams.
Bangladesh and the China-India Conflict
July 08, 2020

Bangladesh and the China-India Conflict

By Mozammil Ahmad
If Dhaka plays its cards right, the country could grasp an opportunity as both China and India up their efforts to gain influence.

Can Imran Khan Stay in Power?
July 08, 2020

Can Imran Khan Stay in Power?

By Daud Khattak
The “minus one” narrative is gaining traction, but it would be difficult to replace Khan as prime minister.
What Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Resignation Means for Separatism in Kashmir
July 07, 2020

What Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Resignation Means for Separatism in Kashmir

By Tarun Nair
While symbolizing the beginning of the end of radical separatism, the development presents an opportunity for New Delhi to restart its local engagement.

Balochistan Protests Against Fake Domicile and Local Certificates
July 07, 2020

Balochistan Protests Against Fake Domicile and Local Certificates

By Mariyam Suleman and Rahim Khetran
A longstanding form of corruption has sparked a mass social media campaign.

Critics of US-Taliban Deal Say Militants Can’t Be Trusted
July 06, 2020

Critics of US-Taliban Deal Say Militants Can’t Be Trusted

By Associated Press
Information about Russian bounties for dead Americans was included in a brief before the U.S.-Taliban deal was signed. 

US, Russia Share a Complex and Bloody History in Afghanistan
July 03, 2020

US, Russia Share a Complex and Bloody History in Afghanistan

By Associated Press
The two powers share decades of experience in the country.
The Hope and Struggles of Bhutan’s Women Vegetable Vendors
July 02, 2020

The Hope and Struggles of Bhutan’s Women Vegetable Vendors

By Roderick Wijunamai and Kinley Yangchen
In recent years, self-reported profits were already on a downward trend at the Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu. Then came COVID-19.

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