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  • Regional Perspectives on US Strategy in Afghanistan

    On June 7, 2017, the South Asia Center hosted a discussion on the regional perspectives of the United States strategy in Afghanistan. Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, India’s Former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, and the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Dr. Ashley J. Tellis discussed the role of regional players and the United States in stabilizing the security environment in Afghanistan.

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  • Ties That Bind: US-Iran Engagement and the Peace Corps Legacy

    On Monday, September 26, 2016, the South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative hosted a panel discussion moderated by the Future of Iran Initiative's Acting Director Barbara Slavin featuring John Limbert,Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, US Naval Academy, Farzaneh Milani,Professor and Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures,University of Virginia, Thomas M. Ricks, Director, International Studies and Overseas Programs​,Villanova University,and Trita Parsi,President,National Iranian American Council. Over the course of the discussion, the panelists addressed the legacy of the Peace Corps in Iran pre-1979 revolution and its role in the broader conversation on US-Iran engagement following the historic nuclear accord. The discussion was initiated by Thomas Huf,Senior Program...
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  • Aggressive Saudi Policies Toward Iran Unlikely to Succeed

    Iranian-Saudi hostilities peaked during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war when Saudi Arabia poured billions of dollars into financing Saddam Hussein with the aim of toppling the Iranian government, which had promoted the export of its revolution.

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  • Nobel Peace Prize: For Less Than Noble Reasons

    This Year's Award to a Pakistani and an Indian Reminds Us That the Peace Prize Often Serves a Broad Agenda


    It’s been a couple of weeks since the Norwegian choices for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 were announced. The little excitement this elicited in India and Pakistan has mostly died down. With good reason too.


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  • Transcript: Abdullah Vows to ‘Reset’ Afghanistan’s Relations with US and International Community

    ABDULLAH VOWS TO 'RESET' AFGHANISTAN'S RELATIONS WITH U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

    REMARKS BY

    DR. ABDULLAH ABDULLAH,
    AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

    MODERATORS:

    SHUJA NAWAZ,
    DIRECTOR, SOUTH ASIA CENTER,
    ATLANTIC COUNCIL

    VIKRAM SINGH, VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL POLICY,
    CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS

    WASHINGTON, D.C.
    THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

    TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED BY
    DC TRANSCRIPTION – WWW.DCTMR.COM

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  • Abdullah Vows to ‘Reset’ Afghanistan’s Relations with US and International Community

    Following Years of US Tensions with Hamid Karzai, Afghan Presidential Front-Runner Calls for Broadened Cooperation


    The front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, called for the next Afghan government to act on a "fresh opportunity for Afghanistan to reset its relations with the international community and... especially with the United States."


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  • Karachi Airport Attack Shows Vulnerabilities in Pakistan's Anti-Terror Strategy

    Government's New Policy Focuses on Response to Attacks, Should Stress Prevention


    Militants launched a well-coordinated, commando-style attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport Sunday night, killing at least 18 people and seizing part of Pakistan's busiest air-travel hub for more than five hours. Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, provides an early analysis:  

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  • What to Expect From Indian Prime Minister Modi’s First Months in Office

    What should we expect from an Indian prime minister taking office with an assured majority in parliament for the first time in three decades? Suresh Prabhu is an ally of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, and is being discussed in New Delhi for a position either in Modi's cabinet or on the national planning commission, according to the Mumbai-based Economic Times. Prabhu served as industry minister, then as environment minister under the previous government of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. He also serves as a member of the Atlantic Council’s India-Pakistan track-two dialogue on cooperation over water-sharing issues.

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  • As Modi Confronts His Economic Task, His Ally Should be Pakistan

    Amid the aftershocks of the political earthquake that has vaulted Narendra Modi into the strongest political position of any prime minster in decades, he faces two huge challenges.  He must remake  massive political, economic and bureaucratic machines that are resistant to change. With that as pre-requisite, he also must prepare the ground for an economic revival that will reward businesses and provide jobs for the 15 million Indians who enter the national labor market each year. How he lifts India’s sagging growth rate and provides for his main support base, the millions of youth that voted him into office, will help shape politics at home and in the neighborhood.

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