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Oct 3, 2022

Pakistan sees growing culture of innovation amid tech startup boom

By Hamna Tariq and Uzair Younus

A tightening global macro environment coupled with increasing domestic political instability is a cause of concern for the sector, especially the domestic startup economy.

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship


Sep 27, 2022

Afghanistan under the Taliban: Regional recalibrations, challenges, and ways forward

By Hameed Hakimi

Despite the spectacular and unprecedented events following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the global spotlight steadily shifted away from the country.

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Issue Brief

Sep 9, 2022

Supporting Afghan refugees: A case for cultural sensitivity and humility in resettlement practices

By Halima Ahmadi-Montecalvo, Amanda Terry, Belquis Ahmadi

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Taliban retaking control of Afghanistan, the authors of this publication seek to raise awareness of the whole person needs of settled refugees in the United States by highlighting experiences of a number of newly resettled Afghan refugees.

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy


Jun 20, 2022

The case for a US-India digital handshake

By Atlantic Council US-India Digital Economy Task Force

This report advocates for a US-India “digital handshake” to overcome substantive and institutional barriers in US-India digital economic cooperation.

Digital Currencies Digital Policy
Mass of Afghan people standing in a crowd

Issue Brief

Jun 9, 2022

Lessons from Afghanistan for Western state-building in a multipolar world

By Abdul Waheed Ahmad and Dr. Gabriella Lloyd

The emergent multipolar world has created new challenges for Western liberal democratic diplomats and leaders. Among these challenges is how to continue to support developing allies in a political landscape where these allies are facing growing, existential threats from powerful, authoritarian anti-liberal states. 

Afghanistan Economy & Business

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Nov 30, 2022

A triple threat is putting the multilateral trading system at risk. What can the WTO do about it?

By Mark Linscott

New industrial policies, regional trade agreements, and economic decoupling are increasingly in vogue.

China Economy & Business
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Nov 23, 2022

India’s new data bill is a mixed bag for privacy

By Justin Sherman

India’s parliament has released its Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, offering a mixed bag for privacy.

Digital Policy Economy & Business


Nov 17, 2022

Fireside chat with Distinguished Fellow Shuja Nawaz and Ghias Khan, President and CEO of the Engro Corporation

By Shuja Nawaz & Ghias Khan

A fireside chat with Shuja Nawaz and Ghias Khan as part of the Atlantic Council's 2022 Conference on the Future of the US-Pakistan Relationship.

Economy & Business Pakistan


Nov 17, 2022

Reflections on the 2022 Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan and regional security

By Nilofar Sakhi

The countries involved in the 2022 Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan have yet to address, let alone resolve, fundamental issues related to regional security and a political settlement for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding


Nov 16, 2022

Experts react: Appointment of a new army chief in Pakistan

By South Asia Center experts

With Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa set to retire on November 29, 2022, the appointment of a new army chief prompts a new set of challenges. South Asia Center experts provide their analyses of the situation.

Democratic Transitions Pakistan


Nov 7, 2022

What Pakistan can learn from Chinese growth

By Ali Hasanain

As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor enters its second phase, each side needs to review how they can improve the program’s effectiveness for mutual benefit.

China Economy & Business


Nov 3, 2022

Keynote address of Masood Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, at the 2022 Conference on the Future of the US-Pakistan Relationship

By Masood Khan

Masood Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, joined the Atlantic Council's 2022 conference on the future of the US-Pakistan relationship to give the keynote address.

Economy & Business Pakistan


Oct 25, 2022

State capacity and support for the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

By Federico Masera & Hasin Yousaf

Violent, criminal, and terrorist organizations’ functioning and success often rely on the support of the population in which they operate. Some scholars have hypothesized that to gain and maintain this vital support, violent organizations engage in the provision of goods and services.

Extremism Pakistan


Oct 24, 2022

US National Security Strategy: Takeaways for Pakistan

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery

To ignore Washington's new National Security Strategy just because it does not mention Pakistan would be incredibly shortsighted for Islamabad, primarily because whatever the United States plans to do—directly and indirectly—will affect it.

National Security Pakistan


Oct 20, 2022

The lionesses of Kabul & Tehran in Khorasan

By Davood Moradian

Afghan and Iranian women continue to be denied their basic human rights, and this shared struggle is built on an overlapping Iranian-Afghan history and civilizational space known as the Iranian plateau.

Afghanistan Human Rights