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South Asia is of great geopolitical significance. Home to nearly a quarter of humanity and comprising states such as Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, it is marked by enduring regional antagonisms and hosts three nuclear powers.

For years, our understanding of South Asia’s long history of international relations and connections remained patchy, hampering scholarly debate along with our capacity to envision the region’s future. This is changing. New questions are being asked, archives previously unavailable are opening up, and scholars are exchanging across disciplinary boundaries—revealing multi-faceted interactions between South Asia and the rest of the world.

NIHSA is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars who focus on the histories of South Asia in and outside of its geographic borders, all committed to sharing these insights with the wider public.

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