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New Atlanticist

Jun 7, 2024

Modi should make India’s energy transition his third-term legacy

By Kapil Sharma

There are three opportunities that the Modi government could take right away to further support and strengthen its clean energy agenda.

Climate Change & Climate Action Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jun 4, 2024

Experts react: Modi loses ground in an electoral surprise. What will his third term look like now?

By Atlantic Council experts

Our experts outline how Modi may govern in a third term as prime minister now that his party is set to lose its majority in parliament.

Elections India

New Atlanticist

May 29, 2024

What India and the world could expect from a Modi 3.0

By Gopal Nadadur

If victorious in this year’s elections, Modi will likely prioritize economic reforms, infrastructure, and growing India’s global profile.

Economy & Business Elections
The family members of Um al-Banin, who was killed in a suicide attack in a tutoring center in Dasht-e-Barchi district in the west of Kabul, pray at her grave in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Memo to...

May 16, 2024

Memo to the UN secretary-general: Establish a UN conflict prevention mechanism for the Afghanistan region

By Laurie Nathan and Nilofar Sakhi

The risk of conflict between Afghanistan and its neighbors has been rising since the Taliban returned to power in 2021, and is now at a critical point. The UN has tools that have lowered the risk of major conflict in other tense neighborhoods. It's time to deploy them for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Central Asia

New Atlanticist

May 2, 2024

Is the Bangladesh success story unraveling?

By Ali Riaz

As the Bangladesh’s system of governance has become more autocratic, social development has received less attention from the government.

Bangladesh Fiscal and Structural Reform

Inflection Points Today

May 2, 2024

Tracking Global India’s growing influence

By Frederick Kempe

Being everyone’s friend is going to be more difficult as India’s global influence grows.

Economy & Business Elections

Inside the Taliban's gender apartheid

Apr 30, 2024

Don’t look away: The Taliban’s mistreatment of women has global ramifications

By Samira Abrar

The Taliban’s impunity for its violations of international human rights law poses grave risks to women’s rights worldwide.

Afghanistan Human Rights

New Atlanticist

Apr 18, 2024

What should digital public infrastructure look like? The G7 and G20 offer contrasting visions.

By Anand Raghuraman

The two organizations hold different views of how digital public infrastructure should shape the way markets function.

Brazil Digital Policy

Inside the Taliban's gender apartheid

Mar 21, 2024

Afghan women’s rights are not a lost cause. Here’s what the international community can do.

By Parwana Paikan

The United Nations must prioritize Afghan women's rights in its policy agenda and avoid forms of engagement that could embolden the Taliban.

Afghanistan Human Rights

Experts react

Mar 18, 2024

Experts react: Pakistan just carried out airstrikes on Afghanistan. What’s next?

By Atlantic Council experts

How will Pakistan’s strikes inside Afghanistan affect the already tense relations between Islamabad and Kabul? Our experts share their insights.

Afghanistan Conflict