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Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Can Pakistan handle the double crisis of COVID-19 and a struggling economy?

While critics argue that the 2020-2021 budget released by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration will result in a greater deficit and allocates excessive funding to the defense sector, supporters have defended the budget and praised its introduction of the rationalization of custom duties as well as the advance ruling system, which would ease trade and minimize costs associated with cross border trade—a domain that Pakistan has historically struggled to contend in.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Economy & Business Pakistan

Thu, May 7, 2020

Ghori-Ahmad joins the podcast All Encompassing to discuss Harvard University Professor Joseph Nye’s book, “Do morals matter? Presidents and foreign policy from FDR to Trump.”

In the News by Atlantic Council

International Norms Political Reform

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

South Asia’s economic outlook in the era of COVID-19

Experts from the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center analyze the current efforts of these governments and the potential economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on South Asia:

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center. She is also Director and member of South Asia and McLarty Inbound practices and helps coordinate the firm’s business development and global client management efforts. Ms. Ghori-Ahmad previously served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, covering South and Central Asia. She also served in the State Department, as an advisor on Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. She began her State Department career in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, where she managed portfolios in South Asia and traveled extensively throughout the region promoting good governance, transparency, and the rule of law.

Prior to joining McLarty Associates, Ms. Ghori-Ahmad led global business development at an international law firm in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where her work took her to Southeast Asia and beyond.

Ms. Ghori-Ahmad is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a JD and MA from the University of Arkansas and speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu and intermediate Arabic.