The latest on US-India Trade Initiative
The Atlantic Council’s US-India trade initiative seeks to facilitate lasting, meaningful economic engagement between both countries and complement efforts by the US Government to strengthen the broader US-India relationship and vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
SouthAsiaSource Jan 4, 2022
Experts react: India’s Personal Data Protection Bill tabled in Parliament
By Atlantic Council Experts
After two years wait and amid growing friction between the United States and India on thorny digital trade issues, India’s Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Personal Data Protection Bill was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, December 16, 2021. South Asia Center experts react to the Bill.
Countries in focus
Spotlighting voices on Afghanistan
New Atlanticist Jan 20, 2022
Pakistan’s ‘Praetorian’ state is a troubling model for a Taliban-led Afghanistan
By Ben Acheson
If the Taliban emulates Pakistan’s Praetorian model, it will further erode all work done to grow a healthy Afghan civil society and develop civilian institutions.
SouthAsiaSource Dec 14, 2021
Will Afghanistan become another Somalia, Yugoslavia, or Medellin?
By Javid Ahmad
With no regional consensus on the way forward, the mixed dangers of Afghanistan morphing into another Somalia, or breaking into a loose confederacy of statelets like the former Yugoslavia, or becoming the next drug-replete Medellin is not a distant possibility.
New Atlanticist Dec 13, 2021
Afghanistan is about to collapse. Here’s what the US must do about it.
By John F. Campbell, Ryan Crocker, James Cunningham, James Dobbins, Hugo Llorens, P. Michael McKinley, John Nicholson, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, David Petraeus, and Earl Anthony Wayne
Eleven former US ambassadors and commanders issue an urgent warning to Washington and its allies.
SouthAsiaSource Jan 20, 2022
Pakistan’s new National Security Policy: A step in the right direction
By Rabia Akhtar
It is heartening that the NSP has created a discourse in Pakistan where common citizens are questioning the government about their rightful place in the national security policy. Implementation of the NSP will take a whole-of-government approach, and sectoral reforms will be critical if the policy objectives set in the NSP are to be achieved.
SouthAsiaSource Jan 15, 2022
Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan: An emerging right-wing threat to Pakistan’s democracy
By Roohan Ahmed
Videos circulating on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms showed a violent mob dragging a half-dead man on the streets of Sialkot, Pakistan on December 1, 2021. As the TLP’s influence grows and its ideology spreads, the de-radicalization of Pakistani society looks like an even more distant dream.
SouthAsiaSource Jan 12, 2022
The Afghan Taliban aren’t likely to give up the TTP. Here’s why.
By Fahd Humayun
This week, a commander of the anti-Pakistan terrorist outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Afghanistan’s new ruling dispensation under the Afghan Taliban is unlikely to have had a hand in the hit, despite Islamabad’s insistence that the new regime take action against the outlawed terrorist group.
Reports and issue briefs
Issue Brief Oct 18, 2021
Recasting Pakistan’s water scarcity challenge
By Fazilda Nabeel
Pakistan’s water situation is at a crossroads. The country has been increasingly cited by international organizations for being on the brink of water scarcity because of its declining per capita water availability. At the same time, the architecture of water resource governance in the country is undergoing a major overhaul.
Issue Brief Aug 4, 2021
Beyond Pakistan’s 2021-22 budget: The economy and growth
By Uzair Younus
Recently appointed to his position, Shaukat Tarin has positioned the budget as being growth oriented in focus, with significant increases to subsidies, public-sector development, and salaries of government employees.
Report Jul 6, 2021
Reimagining the US-India trade relationship
By Ridhika Batra, Mark Linscott, Anand Raghuraman, Harsha Vardhana Singh
The United States and India have long striven to maintain and deepen bilateral ties, weathering Cold War tensions and antagonisms over India’s nuclear tests to reinvigorate linkages and strengthen cooperation.
Capucine Querenet (Project Assistant)
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