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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.

The Chinese Threat to Lower Brahmaputra Riparians India and Bangladesh 
February 19, 2022

The Chinese Threat to Lower Brahmaputra Riparians India and Bangladesh 

By Jaideep Saikia
The plan to divert the waters of Brahmaputra would affect over 140 million people who are dependent on the river.

Nepal’s MCC Debate Reflects Flaws in Its Decision-Making
February 18, 2022

Nepal’s MCC Debate Reflects Flaws in Its Decision-Making

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The debate over the aid project is not about its contents but about American intentions, the integrity of Nepali leaders, and domestic cost-benefit analysis.
Fear Runs Through Afghanistan’s ‘Hazardous’ Media Landscape
February 18, 2022

Fear Runs Through Afghanistan’s ‘Hazardous’ Media Landscape

By Kathy Gannon
Dread and uncertainty mount with every new report of a fellow journalist having been detained, interrogated or beaten by Taliban fighters.

Rapid COVID-19 Home Tests Surge in India, Experts Flag Risks
February 17, 2022

Rapid COVID-19 Home Tests Surge in India, Experts Flag Risks

By Aniruddha Ghosal and Shonali Ganguly
Although rules require people to share results with authorities, many aren’t doing so.

Parties Vie for Votes With Promises of Jobs in Punjab Assembly Elections
February 17, 2022

Parties Vie for Votes With Promises of Jobs in Punjab Assembly Elections

By Tarushi Aswani
This is an old promise that parties and politicians repeat every election. Will voters be impressed?

Sri Lanka’s Archbishop Speaks Out Against Activist’s Arrest
February 16, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Archbishop Speaks Out Against Activist’s Arrest

By Krishan Francis
The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called the arrest of Shehan Malaka Gamage an "indecent and thuggish act" that resembled "an abduction.”

Afghanistan Under the Taliban: Tense Present, Bleak Future
February 15, 2022

Afghanistan Under the Taliban: Tense Present, Bleak Future

By Kathy Gannon
Six months after the Taliban returned to power, Afghans are safer, poorer, and less hopeful.
Afghanistan-Iran Disquiet Over the Helmand River
February 15, 2022

Afghanistan-Iran Disquiet Over the Helmand River

By Sudha Ramachandran
Afghanistan's damming of the Helmand River has drawn ire in neighboring Iran, the lower riparian country.

Land Rights, Environment Top Election Agenda in India’s Goa
February 15, 2022

Land Rights, Environment Top Election Agenda in India’s Goa

By Vineeta Deepak
Goa's turbulent politics is a microcosm of India's chaotic political landscape, where a diverse mix of religious and caste identities shape the elections. 

Biden Order on Frozen Funds an Atrocity, Says Former Afghan President Karzai
February 14, 2022

Biden Order on Frozen Funds an Atrocity, Says Former Afghan President Karzai

By Kathy Gannon
The U.S president said that $3.5 billion in Afghan assets would be set aside to potentially go to 9/11 victims, pending the outcome of court cases.

India Keeps Floating Away From Its Quad Partners
February 14, 2022

India Keeps Floating Away From Its Quad Partners

By Mohamed Zeeshan
On several critical geopolitical issues, including Myanmar, Ukraine, and North Korea, New Delhi’s position is different from that of the other Quad countries.
Biden Aims to Split Frozen Funds for Afghan Relief, 9/11 Victims
February 12, 2022

Biden Aims to Split Frozen Funds for Afghan Relief, 9/11 Victims

By Aamer Madhani and Kathy Gannon
9/11 victims have ongoing legal claims on the $7 billion in Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. banking system; courts will have to decide if the executive order issued by Biden can be facilitated.

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