A transatlantic charter on Afghanistan

Supporting peace, security, and sovereignty in Afghanistan

The participants of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues have been working for the past eight months to develop a long-term strategic outlook to promote stability in Afghanistan consistent with Afghan, US, and European interests and values. This group of distinguished European, American, and Afghan diplomats, military officers, scholars, and analysts brought to our deliberations a deep understanding of the context both on the ground and among the allies. We explored a diplomatic-security framework based on the minimal conditions and variables necessary to realize a long-term vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and generated recommendations to support this vision.

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Realities on the ground: Spotlighting Afghan voices

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2021

South Asia will face crucial issues like human security, regional stability, economic prosperity, and the pandemic in the remainder of 2021. How should we understand the region’s prospects as we embark on the second half of the year? Our South Asia experts weigh in.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

SouthAsiaSource blog

Reports and issue briefs

Countries in focus

Strategic dialogues

Youth engagement in the region

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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Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Nawaz joins DW News to discuss the latest development in Afghanistan

Insights & Impact

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Nawaz discussed the latest on Afghanistan with The Hindu News podcast: The Pak hand in Afghanistan

Insights & Impact

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Nooruddin with Brent Goff: “The Day with Brent Goff: Explain the Exit”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan South Asia

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

The implications of the Taliban’s new government for Afghanistan

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, in partnership with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, recorded a panel discussion on Tuesday, September 14 to discuss what the future holds for Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s new government and recent political developments in the country.

SouthAsiaSource by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Human Rights

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Linscott joins U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum to discuss “India’s Technical Barriers to Trade Briefing”

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business India

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall mode

On August 18, Ajmal Ahmadi, the former governor of Afghanistan’s Central Bank, tweeted about the bank’s balance sheet, citing that all DAB assets are safeguarded in the US Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements in the form of US Treasury bills, bonds, gold and cash–a total of $9.6 billion that, just one day before the collapse, the US government had frozen and banned from all financial transactions.

SouthAsiaSource by Farshid Hakimyar

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Sat, Sep 11, 2021

Nawaz’s book “The Battle For Pakistan, published in 2020” was quoted in The Express Tribune

In the News

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Afghanistan’s ex-central bank chief: The Taliban has money to ‘run an insurgency but not a government’

At an Atlantic Council event, Ajmal Ahmady discussed how the Taliban must govern a country short on cash and mired in multiple crises.

New Atlanticist by Dan Peleschuk

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Sakhi joined the Wilson Center for a comprehensive discussion: “Hindsight Up Front: Implications of Afghanistan Withdrawal for China and Russia”

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan China

Thu, Sep 9, 2021

Nooruddin joined CNBC-TV18 to discuss and provide insights on the Taliban introducing their new government

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict