Mon, Aug 21, 2017

ISIS in South Asia: options and ways to respond

On August 21st 2017, the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion on the inroads made by The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) into South Asia. The panel discussed how ISIS operates as a group, how it impacts the states that make up South Asia internally, and how […]

Event Recap by Aditya Ramachandran


Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Why Afghanistan’s parliamentary election matters

Holding the election is “an important measure of progress that underscores how far Afghanistan’s nascent democracy has come,” said Javid Ahmad, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center.

New Atlanticist by Roshni Majumdar

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 19, 2018

Ahmad in WSJ: The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan

Read the full article here.

In the News by Javid Ahmad


Javid Ahmad is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and a nonresident fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, where he focuses on pressing security, violent extremism, socioeconomic and peace-related issues in South Asia, mainly Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ahmad has worked with U.S. defense contractors, providing analysis and assessments to U.S. government clients on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region. He has also served as a senior adviser to the Afghan government, focusing on counter-terrorism, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

Previously, he worked on South Asia for the Pentagon’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also worked as a program coordinator for Asia for the German Marshall Fund in Washington, a Washington-based think tank, and the NATO headquarters in Brussels. He has also worked on governance issues for organizations in Kabul. Ahmad’s writing has appeared, inter alia, in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Hill, and CNN. He has a BA in international relations from Beloit College and an MA in security studies from Yale University.