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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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Taliban Say US Bombing Insurgents at Home Contrary to Deal
April 16, 2020

Taliban Say US Bombing Insurgents at Home Contrary to Deal

By Associated Press
The U.S. military has refused to address the Taliban's specific complaint but has said that it is abiding by the agreement.
China to the Rescue in Sri Lanka
April 15, 2020

China to the Rescue in Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Beijing first stepped forward to assist Colombo, a move with geopolitical ramifications.

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Are India’s Newest Union Territories. What Does That Mean in Practice?
April 15, 2020

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Are India’s Newest Union Territories. What Does That Mean in Practice?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
In August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir lost its autonomous status. How much power has it retained?

Amid COVID-19, a Governance Crisis Looms in Pakistan
April 15, 2020

Amid COVID-19, a Governance Crisis Looms in Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan faces a likely ruling class reshuffle in due time—once the COVID–19 crisis clears.

COVID–19 Imperils Nepal’s High Economic Ambitions
April 15, 2020

COVID–19 Imperils Nepal’s High Economic Ambitions

By StoriesAsia
Nepal was rebuilding its economy since 2016 and aimed to achieve a target growth of 9.6 percent. That won't happen anymore.
COVID-19 Boosts India’s Growing Surveillance State
April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Boosts India’s Growing Surveillance State

By Aadil Brar
India has been developing a surveillance mechanism for years. The COVID-19 crisis has given the government the chance to test it out.

Pakistan Seeks Extradition of IS Leader From Afghanistan
April 11, 2020

Pakistan Seeks Extradition of IS Leader From Afghanistan

By Associated Press
Aslam Farooqi is a Pakistani national wanted in connection with attacks claimed by IS in Pakistan.
Afghanistan Frees 100 Taliban, But Group Hasn’t Verified
April 09, 2020

Afghanistan Frees 100 Taliban, But Group Hasn’t Verified

By Associated Press
The prisoner release is a critical first step to intra-Afghan negotiations aimed at bringing an end to decades of war in Afghanistan.

Indian Tea Plantation Workers Look to the World Bank to Prevent a Coronavirus Disaster
April 08, 2020

Indian Tea Plantation Workers Look to the World Bank to Prevent a Coronavirus Disaster

By Anirudha Nagar
Thousands of workers vulnerable to COVID-19 on Indian tea plantations expect urgent investment from a new World Bank funding package.

Bangladesh Arrests Fugitive Killer of Independence Leader 
April 07, 2020

Bangladesh Arrests Fugitive Killer of Independence Leader 

By Associated Press
Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was arrested in Dhaka. It’s not clear when or how he returned to Bangladesh.

Nepal Extends Ongoing Lockdown to Combat COVID–19
April 07, 2020

Nepal Extends Ongoing Lockdown to Combat COVID–19

By Brabim Karki
Nepal’s poor stand to be hard hit by the freeze on economic activity.
Can India Organize Post-COVID–19 Global Action?
April 07, 2020

Can India Organize Post-COVID–19 Global Action?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Does India have a post-pandemic template for global leadership in the 21st century?

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