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South Asia: The road ahead in 2020

South Asia’s economies are powered by an energetic young population eager to embrace global 21st century economic opportunities and conscious of their growing centrality to global geopolitical calculations. Whether the governments of South Asia’s countries are capable of delivering on this promise is another question. This flagship publication explores the serious policy and governance challenges each country faces that must be addressed in 2020.

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In-depth analysis of topics including trade, economic development, democratic institutions, media diplomacy, and regional security.

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Harris A. Samad (Project Assistant, Afghanistan Portfolio)

Zaara M. Wakeel (Intern) (Political climate in South Asia)

Shuchismita Hassan (Intern)

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Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 11: Economy and Coronavirus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Women’s activism in Pakistan: Limits on freedom of choice, speech, and visibility in the public sphere

The crux of this contentious debate does not just hang on freedom of choice. It demands a broader conversation about societal acceptance of women’s visibility in the public sphere and role in politics more broadly. Until Pakistani women are seen as full citizens of the state, and not just national subjects, such seemingly apolitical visual expression will continue to provoke much needed rights-based deliberation.

New Atlanticist by Zainab Alam

Pakistan Women

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Riaz quoted in Scroll.in on Bangladesh’s decision to free ex-PM Khaleda Zia amidst Covid-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Winning the peace in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s abortive mission to craft a stable coalition government in Kabul capable of holding peace talks with the Taliban raises fresh concerns about the absence of a clear US strategy for exiting its endless war in Afghanistan

New Atlanticist by Shuja Nawaz

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Aman in Responsible Statecraft: Without international aid, the coronavirus crisis in Iran will spread throughout South Asia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Riaz in The Daily Star: Covid-19: The era of perpetual emergency and the emerging new normal?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Ideas for US-India cooperation on trade in the health sector in the time of COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis is precisely the kind of situation that can test the potential for building out the US-India relationship and contributing to a larger global response. Let a new initiative in the US-India partnership begin—one that can contribute to a global response to COVID-19.

New Atlanticist by Mark Linscott

Coronavirus India

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

India’s public health response to COVID-19 with Dr. Edmond Fernandes, MD

The following interview was conducted on March 23, 2020. Let’s just start with the basic facts. To the best of your knowledge as of this evening, March 24, 2020, what is the situation in India right now. What are the total number of infections, what has been the main origin, is there community spread occurring […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Coronavirus India

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Younus in Dawn: As economy grinds to a halt, businesses need a stimulus package but they should prepare to give back

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business