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Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the American Pakistan Foundation on Monday, October 5 at 4 PM EST for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author and playwright Ayad Akhtar and Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow Shuja Nawaz on Akhtar’s new book, Homeland Elegies. Described by The Washington Post as “a phenomenal coalescence of memoir, fiction, history, and cultural analysis,” Akhtar’s latest novel discusses belonging and identity in a crumbling nation through the journey of an immigrant father and his son in a post-Trump America.
His work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. Akhtar is the winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In an ever-changing world, the concept of American identity is continuously in flux and with it, increasing tensions between different facets of American society. Join Nawaz in conversation with the novelist about how Akhtar weaves narratives of post-9/11 identity and Muslim-American life into his works, including his latest novel Homeland Elegies.
This is the first in a series of book talks sponsored by the South Asia Center and the American Pakistan Foundation with distinguished, award-winning authors. Upcoming talks include new works by Owen Bennett-Jones and Declan Walsh.
Author, Homeland Elegies
Pulitzer Prize Novelist & Playwright
In conversation with
Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center
Please note that this is a virtual event. Instructions for Zoom access will be emailed upon registration.
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.
The American Pakistan Foundation (APF) empowers the Pakistani American community and builds bridges between the United States and Pakistan.
New Atlanticist Aug 18, 2020
Pakistan races to avoid financial watchdog blacklist
By Safiya Ghori-Ahmad
The Pakistani Senate is racing to approve multiple bills to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing—and fulfill a twenty-seven-point plan from global watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF). With thirteen remaining conditions and an eye on the mid-October deadline, Pakistan is hoping to avoid a demotion from the FATF’s grey list to the blacklist, joining countries such as Iran and North Korea.
Report Aug 13, 2020
Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan: Implications for regional peace and stability
By Fatima Salman
India and Pakistan recognize the utility of the press in contemporary conflicts, and seek to deploy it as an offensive weapon in a larger information war. Both countries have utilized digital, print, and broadcast media to shape international perceptions and public opinion domestically.
Event Recap Aug 11, 2020
Event recap: Navigating Pakistan’s national security challenges
By Atlantic Council
On August 10, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted the Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr. Moeed Yusuf for a moderated Q&A on Pakistan’s national security challenges. Dr. Sahar Khan, an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute, moderated the Q/A which featured several notable experts on South Asia including Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, Sajit Gandhi, Mark Brunner, Dr. Paul Staniland, and Dr. Chris Clary.