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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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With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos
September 30, 2019

With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos

By Associated Press
For Afghans, Saturday's vote mirrored the deeply flawed 2014 presidential polls.
Why Imran Khan Acknowledged Pakistan’s Role in Training Jihadists
September 28, 2019

Why Imran Khan Acknowledged Pakistan’s Role in Training Jihadists

By Umair Jamal
Why is Prime Minister Imran Khan talking about Pakistan’s links with jihadist groups?

Indian Software Giant Wipro in Hot Water Over Controversial NRC Implementation
September 28, 2019

Indian Software Giant Wipro in Hot Water Over Controversial NRC Implementation

By StoriesAsia
The Indian software giant finds itself facing legal action.

Afghans Go to Polls Saturday Amid Surge in Violence
September 27, 2019

Afghans Go to Polls Saturday Amid Surge in Violence

By Associated Press
Is Afghanistan ready for its upcoming elections?

In Pakistan’s Thar Desert, Opposition to New Coal Projects Grows
September 26, 2019

In Pakistan’s Thar Desert, Opposition to New Coal Projects Grows

By Rabiya Jaffery
“Pakistan’s future cannot be coal.”
US Investment Diplomacy and India’s Preferential Trade Status
September 25, 2019

US Investment Diplomacy and India’s Preferential Trade Status

By Srividya Jandhyala
Putting the U.S. termination of India’s preferential trade status in perspective 

Pakistan’s Approach to Navigating Saudi-Iran Tensions: Solidarity With Riyadh
September 24, 2019

Pakistan’s Approach to Navigating Saudi-Iran Tensions: Solidarity With Riyadh

By Umair Jamal
How to make sense of Pakistan’s new approach of solidarity towards Saudi Arabia.
The Rise of Indie Music in India
September 24, 2019

The Rise of Indie Music in India

By StoriesAsia
Independent Indian artists are sweeping the music industry.

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers
September 23, 2019

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The abandonment of the Islamist narrative has long been an existential question for Pakistan.

Fixing Afghanistan’s Security of Tenure Crisis
September 20, 2019

Fixing Afghanistan’s Security of Tenure Crisis

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil and Noorullah Farajid
85 percent of urban properties in Afghanistan’s largest cities are vulnerable, their tenants lacking security of tenure.

The Deafening Silence of Pakistani Jihadists and Radicals on China's Uyghurs
September 20, 2019

The Deafening Silence of Pakistani Jihadists and Radicals on China's Uyghurs

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The position of radical groups on Xinjiang shows which ones are closer to the establishment.
Citizenship, Identity and Nepal’s Contested 2015 Constitution
September 19, 2019

Citizenship, Identity and Nepal’s Contested 2015 Constitution

By Nirnaya Bhatta and Maximillian Morch
The 2015 Constitution failed to address the demands of Madhesi and indigenous populations.

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