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News and analysis from India and its neighboring countries in South Asia, a region home to one-fourth of the world’s population. Delivered Thursday.

A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.
A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.

Nepal’s Ruling Coalition Has the Edge in Elections

The Nepali Congress party looks set to hang onto power when final results come in next week.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 15.

India Takes Over G-20 Presidency

Leading the bloc gives New Delhi an opportunity to show what it can do on the global stage.

People use boats to cross a flooded area in Dadu, Pakistan, on Oct. 27.
People use boats to cross a flooded area in Dadu, Pakistan, on Oct. 27.

South Asia Unites Around ‘Loss and Damage’ at COP27

Led by Pakistan, climate-vulnerable countries seek aid for adaptation.

Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan take part in a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 3.
Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan take part in a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 3.

Imran Khan Wounded in Attack at Rally

Pakistan’s political crisis may be reaching a breaking point. The reported attempt on the opposition leader’s life could galvanize his supporters.

Activists from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party protest against the decision to disqualify former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan from politics in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 21
Activists from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party protest against the decision to disqualify former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan from politics in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 21

Pakistan’s Political Crisis Deepens

As Imran Khan plans another march on the capital, new developments have put the public on edge.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the newly appointed president of the Indian National Congress party, gestures after addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Oct. 19.
Mallikarjun Kharge, the newly appointed president of the Indian National Congress party, gestures after addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Oct. 19.

India’s Opposition Faces an Uphill Battle

The Indian National Congress party has a new leader, but he will struggle to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.

Can India Keep Balancing Russia and the West?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s escalations in Ukraine have compounded diplomatic challenges for New Delhi.

Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 24.
Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 24.

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Is Still Spiraling

Even as the country receives increased support, its immediate outlook is grim, raising the specter of more mass protests.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar hold a joint press conference following meetings at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 27.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar hold a joint press conference following meetings at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 27.

Washington’s Balancing Act in South Asia

India lambasted a proposed U.S. military sale to Pakistan as both countries’ top diplomats met with U.S. officials this week.

People displaced by flooding take refuge at a makeshift camp in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan, on Sept. 21.
People displaced by flooding take refuge at a makeshift camp in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan, on Sept. 21.

In Flooded Pakistan, It’s Politics as Usual

As Islamabad continues to appeal for international assistance, its political polarization has proved to be an obstacle too.

Attendees of a United Nations General Assembly meeting stand in silence during a tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 15.
Attendees of a United Nations General Assembly meeting stand in silence during a tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 15.

At U.N. General Assembly, South Asia Focuses on the Climate Crisis

Modi will miss the annual summit, but other leaders are expected to address the region’s vulnerability.

A woman gestures near a tent in Jaffarabad, Pakistan, on Sept. 3. Monsoon rains have unleashed powerful floods that have washed away crops and damaged or destroyed homes.
A woman gestures near a tent in Jaffarabad, Pakistan, on Sept. 3. Monsoon rains have unleashed powerful floods that have washed away crops and damaged or destroyed homes.

Pakistan’s Flood Crisis Could Become a Food Crisis

International aid is pouring in, but the local food insecurity would have global consequences.

People take refuge in tents after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan on Sept. 1.
People take refuge in tents after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan on Sept. 1.

How Bad Governance Exacerbated Pakistan’s Flooding

The disaster has affected more than 30 million people and is a warning for other climate-vulnerable states.

Men ride atop an armored vehicle during a celebration of the anniversary of the Taliban's return to power in Kabul on Aug. 15.
Men ride atop an armored vehicle during a celebration of the anniversary of the Taliban's return to power in Kabul on Aug. 15.

1 Year Later, the Taliban Are in Full Control

With no viable opposition, the regime holds a firm grip on power in Afghanistan—but it could soon become shaky.

Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.
Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.

How China-Taiwan Tensions Play Out in India

South Asia has closer ties with Beijing, but the risk of escalation presents a challenge, especially for New Delhi.

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