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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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Chinese Envoy in Maldives Pushes Back on ‘Debt Trap,’ Free Trade Agreement Concerns
December 17, 2019

Chinese Envoy in Maldives Pushes Back on ‘Debt Trap,’ Free Trade Agreement Concerns

By Ankit Panda
The Chinese envoy rejected the characterization of a 2017 free trade agreement between Male and Beijing by the incumbent speaker of the house and former president.
Abdullah Agrees to Allow Afghan Presidential Election Ballot Recount
December 14, 2019

Abdullah Agrees to Allow Afghan Presidential Election Ballot Recount

By Catherine Putz
Neither Ghani nor Abdullah are keen to repeat the 2014 election experience.

Violence in India’s Northeast Forces Delay of Japanese Prime Minister Visit
December 14, 2019

Violence in India’s Northeast Forces Delay of Japanese Prime Minister Visit

By Associated Press
Japanese PM Abe postponed a planned summit with Modi in Assam and Manipur, where protests are raging.

Invoking Greater Realism in Indian Foreign Policy
December 13, 2019

Invoking Greater Realism in Indian Foreign Policy

By Monish Tourangbam
The change and disruptions in Indian foreign policy conceptualization and practice have at best been cosmetic.

Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country
December 13, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country

By Bahauddin Foizee
Religious nationalism influenced Sri Lanka's election results -- and that influence is not going away anytime soon.
Indian Police Kill 2 Protesters Defying Curfew in Assam
December 13, 2019

Indian Police Kill 2 Protesters Defying Curfew in Assam

By Associated Press
Protesters in Assam denounced a new bill allowing migrants fleeing religious persecution to become citizens.

What Does the Maharashtra Crisis Mean for India’s Ruling Party?
December 12, 2019

What Does the Maharashtra Crisis Mean for India’s Ruling Party?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Is the Bharatiya Janata Party not as invulnerable as once thought?
New Strategy to Tackle Floods and Erosion in India’s Disaster Prone Northeast
December 11, 2019

New Strategy to Tackle Floods and Erosion in India’s Disaster Prone Northeast

By StoriesAsia
New measures can work to prevent disaster in this region.

Can Pakistan Comply With the FATF’s Demands on Convicting the Members of Banned Groups?
December 10, 2019

Can Pakistan Comply With the FATF’s Demands on Convicting the Members of Banned Groups?

By Umair Jamal
The FATF wants Pakistan to convict members of banned outfits. Can Pakistan comply?

Deadly Fire Highlights India’s Thousands of Illegal Factories
December 10, 2019

Deadly Fire Highlights India’s Thousands of Illegal Factories

By Associated Press
At least 43 people were killed in the fire, drawing attention to unsafe conditions in the illegal workshops.

How India and Japan Zoomed in on Northeast India
December 09, 2019

How India and Japan Zoomed in on Northeast India

By Rupakjyoti Borah
India's Northeast brings Japan's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy and India's "Act East" strategies together.
Time to Practice Climate Change Diplomacy in India’s Neighborhood
December 07, 2019

Time to Practice Climate Change Diplomacy in India’s Neighborhood

By Niranjan Marjani
Neighborhood first should be the focus of India’s climate change diplomacy.

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