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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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India Arrests Senior Kashmiri Leader Farooq Abdullah Under Controversial Law
September 17, 2019

India Arrests Senior Kashmiri Leader Farooq Abdullah Under Controversial Law

By Sheikh Saaliq
Abdullah is the first pro-India Kashmiri politician to be detained under the Public Safety Act.
Kashmir’s Shia Students Speak Out Against the Loss of State Autonomy
September 17, 2019

Kashmir’s Shia Students Speak Out Against the Loss of State Autonomy

By Tapasya
Kashmir’s Shias feel a particular sense of vulnerability as minorities.

Why Imran Khan's 'Kashmir Hour' Fell Flat
September 13, 2019

Why Imran Khan's 'Kashmir Hour' Fell Flat

By Daud Khattak
Why did the Pakistani prime minister's efforts appear to falter?

4 New Data Protection Trends in India Jeopardize Innovation
September 12, 2019

4 New Data Protection Trends in India Jeopardize Innovation

By Nikhil Sud
A draft data protection bill may put a straightjacket on innovation in India.

With India’s Economy Facing a Slowdown, What Tools Does the Modi Government Have?
September 12, 2019

With India’s Economy Facing a Slowdown, What Tools Does the Modi Government Have?

By Aman Thakker
India’s economy is running into headwinds.
Trump's US-Taliban Move Pushes Afghans Toward Fragile Vote
September 10, 2019

Trump's US-Taliban Move Pushes Afghans Toward Fragile Vote

By Cara Anna
The September 28 election couldn’t happen at a more difficult time.

What the Apparent Collapse of Afghan Peace Talks Means for Pakistan
September 10, 2019

What the Apparent Collapse of Afghan Peace Talks Means for Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
How will Islamabad adapt to Trump’s latest sudden move?
India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Suffers Last-Minute Communications Loss
September 08, 2019

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Suffers Last-Minute Communications Loss

By Ankit Panda
The Vikram lander may have been lost.

Trump Announces Cancellation of Secret Camp David Summit With Taliban After Kabul Attack
September 08, 2019

Trump Announces Cancellation of Secret Camp David Summit With Taliban After Kabul Attack

By Ankit Panda
The surprise announcement came on Saturday night.

August 2019: What I Saw in Kashmir
September 06, 2019

August 2019: What I Saw in Kashmir

By Tapasya
Kashmir cries out in anger and anguish as India’s crackdown remains in place.

Fully Invested: India Remains the China-led AIIB’s Biggest Borrower
September 06, 2019

Fully Invested: India Remains the China-led AIIB’s Biggest Borrower

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The case of AIIB shows that India wants to keep its economic engagement with China separate from their political tussles.
Toward a US-India Reset: Pivoting Trade and Strategy Together
September 06, 2019

Toward a US-India Reset: Pivoting Trade and Strategy Together

By Hemal Shah
India must work to convert its trade challenges into opportunities.

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