South Asian countries faced many challenges this year. An economic crisis in Sri Lanka, shifting political dynamics in Nepal, devastating floods in Pakistan, and spillover effects of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan threatened stability in the region. India’s accidental missile launch into Pakistan’s territory warned of future danger with elevated tensions between the nuclear-armed states, made worse by Chinese incursions across the Line of Actual Control. As India assumes leadership of the G20 grouping this year, economic, security, and geopolitical challenges will be a central focus. This year also marked the 75th anniversary of Partition. While the subcontinent continues to share language, culture, and history, the conflicting political visions and national identities that shaped the region in 1947 persist today. In this SAV series, contributors examine events over the past year and discuss dynamics to watch in the year ahead.
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