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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Event recap: The Rohingya Crisis: Three Years On, with Chatham House and the Atlantic Council

On Thursday, September 17, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center partnered with Chatham House to host a panel discussion on the Rohingya refugee crisis to discuss the evolution of the crisis as well as potential international solutions. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow of Chatham House’s Asia-Pacific Programme, and included: Dr. Rudabeh Shahid, nonresident senior fellow of the South Asia Center; Dr. Claire Smith and Ms. Susannah Williams of the Department of Politics at the University of York; and Dr. Ellen Stensrud, a researcher at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh East Asia

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Salman & Ghori-Ahmad quoted in Quartz India on Indian-Americans in the 2020 Presidential Election

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections India

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Nawaz joins ThinkFest Pakistan to discuss Dr. Maria Rashid’s book, “Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Pakistan

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Event recap: A Critical Relationship: Repairing US-Pakistan Relations After Two Decades of Conflict

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the South Asia Center was in conversation with author and Pakistan Supreme Court Barrister Dawood Ghazanavi discussing relations between the United States and Pakistan in the wake of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha this week. The conversation was moderated by the Director of the South Asia Center Dr. Irfan Nooruddin.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Aligning India’s data governance frameworks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to usher in another half a billion Indians online is a fitting goal for an ambitious, young digital nation. Yet closing India’s digital divides and developing a robust digital economy will require a moonshot effort that leaves little room for error.

Issue Brief by Mark Linscott and Anand Raghuraman

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

The international community must do more to support Afghan and Rohingya refugees amid the COVID-19 pandemic

While the international community remains hyper-focused on addressing the virus and its associated economic slowdown, Afghan and Rohingya refugees continue to be forced into a life of complete uncertainty as they escape violence in their home countries. Concerted action by the international community and host countries towards mitigating the virus’ disproportionate effects on asylum seekers would immensely improve refugee welfare.

New Atlanticist by Rudabeh Shahid and Harris Samad

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Younus in Dawn: Absent innovation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Pakistan

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: South Asia

The next US administration will need to confront a slew of regional challenges, including China’s growing political and economic clout; a resurgence of majoritarian politics; strained India-US relations; the impending Afghanistan peace process; and post-COVID-19 reconstruction.

Five Big Questions by South Asia Center

Conflict Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Women must be meaningfully included in the Afghan peace negotiations

The long-awaited Afghan peace process finally began on September 12, and Afghanistan’s women must have a seat at the table. While crucial issues such as disarmament, power-sharing, the presence of foreign troops, human rights abuses, and territorial disputes will likely take center stage, leaders from around the world have issued a call to uphold the right of Afghan women to be included in the talks.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Women

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Should trade be more strategic?

The current approach by the Trump administration risks weaponizing international trade and ignoring valuable opportunities to both strengthen US commercial interests and further strategic objectives.

New Atlanticist by Mark Linscott

India Trade