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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.

SouthAsiaSource by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Central Asia

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Akhtar with the Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad: “Afghanistan: What Next?”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan 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

Dr. Rabia Akhtar is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center. She is also the Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore. Dr. Akhtar is Director, School of Integrated Social Sciences at University of Lahore. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr. Akhtar received her Masters in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and her Masters in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She has written extensively on South Asian nuclear security and deterrence dynamics. She is the author of the book titled ‘The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’. Dr. Akhtar is also the Editor of Pakistan Politico, Pakistan’s first strategic and foreign affairs magazine. Dr. Akhtar is a member of Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.