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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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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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The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.



Tue, Apr 13, 2021

FAST THINKING: Leaving Afghanistan, twenty years later

America’s longest war is set to finally come to an end, with President Joe Biden expected to announce on Wednesday that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. What’s the state of the nation that the US military will leave behind?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Event recap: “‘A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo’ with N.S. Vinodh and Shuja Nawaz”

On April 8, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a conversation with author N.S. Vinodh on his book, A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo: The Life and Times of Syud Hossain.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

India Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Akhtar joins CSSPR to discuss a report on nuclear responsibilities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Nooruddin joins France24 to discuss COVID-19 vaccination in India

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Singh joins GW IIEP to discuss India’s trade policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business India

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Lakhani joins daftarkhwan fireside to discuss her organization Invest2Innovate and early-stage startups in Pakistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Pakistan

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Ghori-Ahmad joins USIP to discuss Pakistan’s post-pandemic economic outlook

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

The storm shaking US tech in digital India

In India, contentious debates over US technology platforms and their influence have gained strength and considerable political attention. And globally, governments are determined to exert sovereign control over digital domains and online users. The real test is whether US tech companies can carefully adapt their platforms and values to local markets without stretching them beyond all recognition.

New Atlanticist by Anand Raghuraman

Digital Policy India

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

Nasr joins Johns Hopkins SAIS to discuss the future of US-Iran relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Iran

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

Ahmad joins the Middle East Institute to discuss the potential outcomes of an Afghan interim government

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions


Wed, Apr 14, 2021

POSTPONED: A long-term vision for Afghanistan: Sovereignty, security, and development

Online Event The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center presents the exclusive launch of the Transatlantic Charter on Afghanistan as part of the Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan.

8:30am Afghanistan European Union Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Post-pandemic South Asia: How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Bangladesh’s politics, economy, and healthcare

Online Event The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosts a conversation on the future of Bangladesh’s economic, political, and healthcare landscapes in the context of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

8:00am Bangladesh Civil Society Coronavirus Economy & Business