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Jan 20, 2022

Pakistan’s new National Security Policy: A step in the right direction

By Rabia Akhtar

It is heartening that the NSP has created a discourse in Pakistan where common citizens are questioning the government about their rightful place in the national security policy. Implementation of the NSP will take a whole-of-government approach, and sectoral reforms will be critical if the policy objectives set in the NSP are to be achieved. 

National Security Pakistan

New Atlanticist

Jan 20, 2022

Pakistan’s ‘Praetorian’ state is a troubling model for a Taliban-led Afghanistan

By Ben Acheson

If the Taliban emulates Pakistan’s Praetorian model, it will further erode all work done to grow a healthy Afghan civil society and develop civilian institutions.

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

In the News

Jan 18, 2022

Nasr writes for World Economic Forum, “How to scale public-private partnerships for global progress”

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business

In the News

Jan 18, 2022

Younus writes for Profit by Pakistan Today, “Do not ban crypto”

By Atlantic Council

Digital Currencies Economy & Business


Jan 15, 2022

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan: An emerging right-wing threat to Pakistan’s democracy

By Roohan Ahmed

Videos circulating on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms showed a violent mob dragging a half-dead man on the streets of Sialkot, Pakistan on December 1, 2021. As the TLP’s influence grows and its ideology spreads, the de-radicalization of Pakistani society looks like an even more distant dream.

Extremism Pakistan

In the News

Jan 13, 2022

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad with BPIA and McLarty Associates for a conversation on digital money

By Atlantic Council

Digital Currencies Economy & Business


Jan 12, 2022

The Afghan Taliban aren’t likely to give up the TTP. Here’s why.

By Fahd Humayun

This week, a commander of the anti-Pakistan terrorist outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Afghanistan’s new ruling dispensation under the Afghan Taliban is unlikely to have had a hand in the hit, despite Islamabad’s insistence that the new regime take action against the outlawed terrorist group.

Afghanistan Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Jan 11, 2022

Here’s how to get US-India trade on the right track

By Mark Linscott

Both countries need to be vocal about their goals—but also realistic in their expectations.

India Macroeconomics


Jan 4, 2022

Experts react: India’s Personal Data Protection Bill tabled in Parliament

By Atlantic Council Experts

After two years wait and amid growing friction between the United States and India on thorny digital trade issues, India's Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Personal Data Protection Bill was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, December 16, 2021. South Asia Center experts react to the Bill.

Economy & Business India

In the News

Jan 3, 2022

Amb. Samad in Policy Magazine: Addressing Afghanistan’s Turmoil of Wicked Problems

By Atlantic Council

Indo-Pacific South Asia