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Wed, Aug 18, 2021

FAST THINKING: What does the fall of Kabul mean for India and Pakistan?

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council South Asia Center Director Irfan Nooruddin sits down with Harris Samad to talk about the history at play, whether the two countries will be able to align in their approach with the new regime, and if the Taliban’s success will embolden other extremist groups in the region.

Fast Thinking by Irfan Nooruddin, Harris A. Samad

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Aug 9, 2021

An interview with Afghanistan human rights defender Horia Mosadiq

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 by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Human Rights

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2021

South Asia will face crucial issues like human security, regional stability, economic prosperity, and the pandemic in the remainder of 2021. How should we understand the region's prospects as we embark on the second half of the year? Our South Asia experts weigh in.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Harris Samad is the assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. His interests and work focus primarily on the regional geopolitics of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations; illicit finance and smuggling in Afghanistan and the ongoing Afghan peace process; civil-military relations in Pakistan; and the role of structural inequalities in conflict in South Asia and the Middle East.

Previously, Harris worked as a conflict resolution fellow at Georgetown University, where he focused on the effects of development assistance on economic and human security outcomes between strategically and non-strategically related allies. He also worked previously at the Embassy of Iraq in Washington, DC as well as with NGO Legacy International.

Harris has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University as well as a B.A. in Political Science, History, and Global Studies in Conflict and Conflict Resolution from the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks intermediate Arabic.