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SouthAsiaSource Nov 23, 2021
Experts react: A renewed Pakistan-IMF agreement
By Atlantic Council
On Monday, November 22, 2021 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan reached a staff-level agreement to complete the sixth review under the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility, funding that has been stalled since April due to issues over the required reforms. Considering Pakistan’s historical struggles with currency devaluation, high inflation, dwindling foreign reserves, and more, completion of the review would make available 750 million in IMF special drawing rights, equivalent to $1 billion that would come as welcome relief. Below, South Asia Center experts share their analysis.
Blogs Nov 19, 2021
Experts react: USTR Katherine Tai’s India visit
By Atlantic Council
USTR Katherine Tai is set to visit India on a two-day visit from November 22 for talks with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, particularly to reconvene the Trade Policy Forum dialogues after a four year gap. The US-India trade talks are the Biden administration’s first serious stab at remedying trade tensions between both sides, and if […]
SouthAsiaSource Nov 9, 2021
Issues and mistrust in US-Pakistan relations
By Nazir Ahmad Mir
The August 2021 withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan has yet again exposed the fragility of Pakistan-US relations. Over the growing—and allegedly dubious—role of Pakistan in its commitment to the War on Terror, increasing concerns are being expressed in the United States about the nature of its relations with Islamabad.
SouthAsiaSource Sep 13, 2021
Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall mode
By Farshid Hakimyar
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.
Interview Aug 9, 2021
An interview with Afghanistan human rights defender Horia Mosadiq
By South Asia Center
Afghanistan human rights defender Horia Mosadiq provides an analysis of the current situation for human rights defenders and other civil society actors on the ground.
Interview Aug 5, 2021
Interview with Monera Yousufzada, former Afghan deputy minister of defense
By Fariba Pajooh
Munira Yousefzada, former Afghan deputy minister of defense, joins Fariba Pajooh for an interview about the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and the peace process.
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