A transatlantic charter on Afghanistan

Supporting peace, security, and sovereignty in Afghanistan

The participants of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues have been working for the past eight months to develop a long-term strategic outlook to promote stability in Afghanistan consistent with Afghan, US, and European interests and values. This group of distinguished European, American, and Afghan diplomats, military officers, scholars, and analysts brought to our deliberations a deep understanding of the context both on the ground and among the allies. We explored a diplomatic-security framework based on the minimal conditions and variables necessary to realize a long-term vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and generated recommendations to support this vision.

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Understanding Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process

Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, Eurasia Center, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Thursday, May 13 at 10:00 AM EST for a conversation about Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process.

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Flagship publication

South Asia: The road ahead in 2021

For South Asia’s almost two billion people, the need for humane, capable governance—domestic, regional, and global—is immediate and imperative. The year 2020 made clear that politics as usual are not good enough; the onus on the political class is to show that it can redeem itself in 2021. Read more on the South Asia Center’s roadmap for the region in 2021.

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SouthAsiaSource blog

Flagship reports and issue briefs

Countries in focus

Strategic dialogues

Youth engagement in the region

A day in the life: South Asia’s youth

This initiative, realized through Instagram, enables individuals across the region to discuss topics of their choice within a people-to-people space that bypasses the “middleman” of the partisan media, to foster positive perceptions of South Asia within both the region and the international community and to spread awareness of each country’s unique lived experiences.

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Wed, May 12, 2021

Riaz in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Geopolitics of the pandemic: The Bangladesh scene

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, May 12, 2021

Webinar: Understanding Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process

The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Eurasia Center, in partnership with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, host a conversation about Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 11, 2021

Experts react: EU and India clash on vaccines, make strides on trade

Leaders from the EU and India met virtually in Portugal, walking away with a renewal of free-trade negotiations, the start of two additional trade agreements, and a new Connectivity Partnership. Here's what our experts are saying about the meeting.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Climate Change & Climate Action Economy & Business

Tue, May 11, 2021

Afghanistan: What now to avoid disaster?

Avoiding complete defeat for US goals after the military withdrawal will require swift, coordinated action from Washington. Five former top US diplomats to Afghanistan reveal how to do it.

New Atlanticist by James Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, May 10, 2021

Chhibber joins Spontaneous Dialogue podcast to discuss India’s need for a Second Green Revolution

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform

Mon, May 10, 2021

Nawaz joins CGTN America to discuss the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Pakistan

Mon, May 10, 2021

Nawaz joins CSSPR to discuss Pakistan-US relations: Navigating the expectations gap

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, May 10, 2021

Riaz in The Daily Star: India’s Covid 19 catastrophe: The cost of complacency

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Mon, May 10, 2021

Shahid in 9DashLine: At 50, Bangladesh perfects an India-China ‘balancing act’

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh China

Mon, May 10, 2021

Fernandes quoted in the NEWS Minute on India’s lockdown of the state of Karnataka

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India


Fri, May 21, 2021

“I’ll Meet You There” with Iram Parveen Bilal and Shuja Nawaz

Online Event A conversation with filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal and Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow Shuja Nawaz on Bilal's Film “I'll Meet You There".

2:00pm Civil Society Migration Pakistan Resilience