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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.

India’s New Farm Laws: Reform, Resistance, and the Road to Reconciliation
December 25, 2020

India’s New Farm Laws: Reform, Resistance, and the Road to Reconciliation

By Kriti Upadhyaya
The new agricultural reforms are a necessity for Indian farmers; the Modi government, however, must do more to ally their fears.

Bhutan: India First, But Not India Alone?
December 25, 2020

Bhutan: India First, But Not India Alone?

By Prin Shasiharan
While slowly diversifying its basket of economic and diplomatic relationships, Bhutan continues to remain a steadfast Indian ally.
Suspicious Death of Baloch Activist in Toronto Raises Uncomfortable Questions for Pakistan
December 22, 2020

Suspicious Death of Baloch Activist in Toronto Raises Uncomfortable Questions for Pakistan

By Abhijnan Rej
Karima Mehrab was outspoken in her criticism of Pakistan’s powerful military.

Bangladesh’s Dangerous Islamist Appeasement – And What It Portends
December 22, 2020

Bangladesh’s Dangerous Islamist Appeasement – And What It Portends

By Manas Nag
Left unchecked and periodically molly-coddled, Bangladesh’s Islamist parties could spell havoc for its democracy.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia: BFF No More
December 22, 2020

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia: BFF No More

By Umair Jamal
Bullied by Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is turning toward Iran, Malaysia, and Turkey instead.

India’s Fight Against ‘Copying’ Candidates 
December 21, 2020

India’s Fight Against ‘Copying’ Candidates?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
In Indian politics a candidate may get his name, his symbol or party symbol copied by his rivals.?

Nepal President Dissolves Parliament in a Move Many Term ‘Unconstitutional’
December 21, 2020

Nepal President Dissolves Parliament in a Move Many Term ‘Unconstitutional’

By Abhijnan Rej
Nepal will hold fresh elections in April and May next year.
How India Aims to Make the Best of Bangladesh’s Independence Anniversary
December 19, 2020

How India Aims to Make the Best of Bangladesh’s Independence Anniversary

By Abhijnan Rej
Bangladesh will celebrate its 50th anniversary as an independent country next year. The Modi government has good reasons to celebrate alongside in its run-up.

‘Indian Chronicles’ – a New War of Narratives Between India and Pakistan?
December 18, 2020

‘Indian Chronicles’ – a New War of Narratives Between India and Pakistan?

By Hassan Aslam Shad
A new report highlighting India’s disinformation campaign against Pakistan could help rebuild Pakistan’s international image. However, that is a tall order.

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Meets With Taliban on Peace Talks
December 17, 2020

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Meets With Taliban on Peace Talks

By Associated Press
Army Gen. Mark A. Milley met with Taliban negotiators in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday and then flew to Kabul.

On Religion and Tolerance, the Modi Government Must Walk the Talk
December 17, 2020

On Religion and Tolerance, the Modi Government Must Walk the Talk

By Arkoprabho Hazra
A recent speech by an Indian diplomat at the UN unintentionally highlights growing discrepancy between India’s global pronouncements and actions at home.
Taliban Team in Pakistan as Calls Grow for Afghan Ceasefire
December 17, 2020

Taliban Team in Pakistan as Calls Grow for Afghan Ceasefire

By Associated Press
Violence remains high in Afghanistan as negotiators take a break. Talks are expected to resume in early January.

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