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Jun 20, 2022

The case for a US-India digital handshake

By Atlantic Council US-India Digital Economy Task Force

This report advocates for a US-India “digital handshake” to overcome substantive and institutional barriers in US-India digital economic cooperation.

Digital Currencies Digital Policy
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Issue Brief

Jun 9, 2022

Lessons from Afghanistan for Western state-building in a multipolar world

By Abdul Waheed Ahmad and Dr. Gabriella Lloyd

The emergent multipolar world has created new challenges for Western liberal democratic diplomats and leaders. Among these challenges is how to continue to support developing allies in a political landscape where these allies are facing growing, existential threats from powerful, authoritarian anti-liberal states. 

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Past events

Engaging Afghan women and civil society in US policymaking

The launch of the US-Afghan consultative mechanism

Join USIP, the Atlantic Council, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Sisterhood is Global Institute and the U.S Department of State for the launch of the U.S.-Afghan Consultative Mechanism (USACM). U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will provide opening remarks, followed by a discussion moderated by U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights Rina Amiri and representatives of the USACM platform. 

An interview with Dr. Lotay Tshering, Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan

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Pakistan India trucks


Aug 12, 2022

Pakistan at 75: Learning from history to chart a better future

By Uzair Younus and Ilhan Niaz

As it celebrates seventy-five years of independence, Pakistan today “requires a change in political thinking across the political class,” says historian and author Dr. Ilhan Niaz.

Conflict Migration

New Atlanticist

Aug 12, 2022

Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Massoud: There is ‘no other option’ but to fight on against the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

“Unfortunately,” Massoud told the Atlantic Council, Taliban leaders “have not changed. They are even more radical than before.”

Afghanistan Conflict

Event Recap

Aug 10, 2022

Event recap: Should overseas Pakistanis have a vote in Pakistan?

By Vrinda Batra

On August 4, 2022, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center along with the Muslim American Leadership Alliance hosted an in-person conversation on the history, politicization, and future of overseas voting in Pakistan.

Civil Society Elections


Aug 8, 2022

Collaboration, not competition, is key to alleviating the global chip shortage

By Ridhika Batra

If the international community seeks to diversify chip manufacturing and create safety nets for future crises, then collaboration—as opposed to competition—seems a logical and prudent first step.

China Economy & Business

In the News

Aug 5, 2022

Khan quoted in Bloomberg: South Asia debt woes evoke fears of another 1997-style crisis

By Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Economy & Business

AC Selects

Aug 5, 2022

AC Selects: China’s elite politics and overseas voting in Pakistan

Events from week of August 5, 2022 Last week, the Global China Hub hosted Victor Shih, Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego to explore whether Xi Jinping can replicate Mao Zedong’s successful strategy to maintain power. Meanwhile, the South Asia Center and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance convened its experts to discuss […]

China Conflict


Aug 5, 2022

Bangladesh’s economic crisis: How did we get here?

By Ali Riaz

Bangladesh's economic and financial crisis was paved by the policies of the Hasina government and an unaccountable system of governance of the past decade. 

Bangladesh Economy & Business

In the News

Aug 4, 2022

Riaz quoted in The Daily Star: Dhaka too may feel the heat

By Atlantic Council

Bangladesh China

In the News

Aug 4, 2022

Ahmad published in The Hill: After al-Zawahiri, what’s next for America’s Taliban policy?

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy


Aug 3, 2022

Experts react: Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, killed by US drone strike in Afghanistan

By South Asia Center experts

South Asia Center experts provide their analyses of the US drone strike in Kabul that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Afghanistan Middle East