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The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.


Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Experts react: 2021 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tajikistan

On September 17, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) held a heads-of-state summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in a hybrid virtual and in-person setting. Consisting of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and most recently Iran, the SCO meeting primarily discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan and its ramifications for member states as well as the international community more broadly.

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Afghanistan Central Asia

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Experts react: The September 2021 White House QUAD meeting

US President Joe Biden is set to host a first in-person Quad meeting on September 24, 2021, with Australia, India, and Japan present. South Asia Center experts react to the meeting and offer insight into what to expect. 

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Australia Indo-Pacific

Tue, Sep 21, 2021

A reinvigorated Quad is becoming a key element of the new US administration’s Asia policy—just not in the way you expected.

A reinvigorated Quad is becoming a key element of the new US administration’s Asia policy. Its members—Australia, India, Japan, and the US—convened virtually in March at the leader level. Amid multiple global crises, they wisely opted to focus on concrete ways to deliver for their people and the region. The grouping sought to prove that democracy still works, as President Biden likes to say. The Quad Leaders’ communique set the bar high: cooperation on “the defining challenges of our time.”

SouthAsiaSource by Atman Trivedi

Australia Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

The implications of the Taliban’s new government for Afghanistan

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, in partnership with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, recorded a panel discussion on Tuesday, September 14 to discuss what the future holds for Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s new government and recent political developments in the country.

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Afghanistan Human Rights

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall mode

On August 18, Ajmal Ahmadi, the former governor of Afghanistan’s Central Bank, tweeted about the bank’s balance sheet, citing that all DAB assets are safeguarded in the US Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements in the form of US Treasury bills, bonds, gold and cash–a total of $9.6 billion that, just one day before the collapse, the US government had frozen and banned from all financial transactions.

SouthAsiaSource by Farshid Hakimyar

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Event recap: “What is the key to national prosperity?”

On August 18, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss the themes of the book, Prosperity for all Nations, by Raza Hasan.

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Pakistan South Asia

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Pakistan and the Taliban 2.0: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Taliban’s 11-day Blitzkrieg has left the entire world stunned. As the new government takes shape in Afghanistan, there are some good, some bad, and some ugly realities confronting the region, primarily Pakistan.

SouthAsiaSource by Rabia Akhtar

Afghanistan Pakistan

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

The US-Pakistan relationship in a new Afghanistan

Now that the American venture into Afghanistan is coming to be seen by some as a serious strategic failure, there is a strong temptation for US policymakers to find something, or someone, to blame.

SouthAsiaSource by Hashim Pasha

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Aug 30, 2021

A moral consideration of the Taliban’s legitimacy

After the collapse of Ashraf Ghani's government and the return of Taliban, the country faces multiple challenges including humanitarian crisis and Taliban legitimacy. The international community should use aid as a leverage to pressure Taliban to form an inclusive government and address humanitarian issues.

SouthAsiaSource by Nilofar Sakhi

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Event recap: “On the frontline: Protecting Afghanistan’s human rights defenders”

On August 5th, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, held a discussion with some of Afghanistan’s leading human rights defenders (HRDs) and experts to explore what lies ahead for the activists who put their lives on the line to fight impunity, militancy, and violence.

Event Recap by Areeba Atique

Afghanistan Human Rights