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May 23, 2023

A conversation with Hassan Abbas on his new book “The Return of the Taliban”

By Hassan Abbas & Uzair Younus

Uzair Younus talks to Hassan Abbas, distinguished professor at National Defense University, about his new book "The Return of the Taliban."

Afghanistan Conflict


May 22, 2023

India’s geopolitical rise in context: Regional implications

By Sandeep Kumar

India’s gain in geopolitical leverage could escalate tensions in Asia as opposed to promoting stability. The international community should take note.

China India


May 22, 2023

In Pakistan, populist Imran Khan faces the biggest challenge of his political career

By Roohan Ahmed

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s populist former prime minister, is facing the biggest test of his political career as he challenges the very same security establishment that accelerated his journey to power in the 2018 elections.

Corruption Elections


May 18, 2023

A conversation on the transformational potential of decentralized and distributed technologies for Pakistan

By Amir Husain and Uzair Younus

Uzair Younus talks to Amir Husain, founder and chief executive officer of SparkCognition, about current and emerging trends, what countries like Pakistan can do to take advantage of seismic advances in technology, and how individuals can better prepare themselves for the future.

Economy & Business Pakistan


May 10, 2023

Experts react: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrest and implications for Pakistan

By South Asia Center and other experts

On March 9, 2023, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was arrested over corruption charges. We asked experts to react to this decision.

Corruption Elections

Issue Brief

May 8, 2023

Bangladesh draft data protection act 2023: Potential and pitfalls

By Christabel Randolph

The Bangladesh government’s updated draft data protection bill is a welcome revision of its 2022 attempt to address the country’s lack of a comprehensive data protection law, but there is still room for constructive change to heighten regulatory certainty.

Bangladesh Digital Policy

Issue Brief

May 4, 2023

India’s personal data protection act and the politics of digital governance

By Stephen Weymouth

The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill of 2022 aims to balance the interests of Indian consumers seeking enhanced privacy and data security against the business need for unconstrained data flows.

Digital Policy Economy & Business


May 3, 2023

How Pakistani women use technology solutions to overcome barriers to entrepreneurship

By Fatimata Ndiaye, Ishani Srivastava, Estelle Thomas, and Yiran Zha

A field study of women entrepreneurs in urban Pakistan, commissioned by the South Asia Center in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and the American Pakistan Foundation, revealed how technology solutions can support women to jumpstart their entrepreneurial ventures.

Entrepreneurship Pakistan
Pakistan Independence Day 2012


May 3, 2023

A conversation with Fawad Chaudhry, senior member of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf

By Fawad Chaudhry and Wajahat Khan

South Asia Center non-resident senior fellow Wajahat Khan interviewed Pakistan’s former Federal Information Minister for Broadcasting and senior member of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Fawad Chaudhry.

Crisis Management Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

May 2, 2023

India is now the world’s most populous country. Can its economy keep up?

By Irfan Nooruddin

A failure to harness the energies of the world’s largest population will not just be a tremendous missed opportunity. It will also be a millstone weighing down India’s future.

China Economy & Business