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Fatemeh Aman

Nonresident Senior Fellow

South Asia Center

James B. Cunningham

Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center

South Asia Center

Javid Ahmad

Nonresident Fellow, South Asia Center

South Asia Center

Mark Linscott

Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center

South Asia Center


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visiting an oil refinery in Bandar Abbas (Photo: baorco.ir)

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Iran’s crude oil exports: what minimum is enough to stay afloat?

With the US aiming to bring Iran’s petroleum exports to a complete stop through imposed sanctions, and Iran’s dependence on petroleum revenues, the Iranian government will do its utmost to secure the minimum required oil exports. But, what is that minimum? In order to perhaps find an answer, one needs to understand current Iranian macroeconomics.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Economy & Business Iran

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Linscott joins BBC World News to discuss US-India trade tensions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Trade United States and Canada

Mon, Jul 1, 2019

Georgetown’s Nooruddin to direct Atlantic Council South Asia Center

WASHINGTON DC—The Atlantic Council this week named Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University professor and director of the school’s India Initiative, as the new head of its South Asia Center. “In Irfan, we are adding to our leadership team a proven institution-builder and an impressive, widely published intellect to the Council,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

Nuclear Futures in South Asia (Private Workshop)

On May 26, the South Asia Center hosted a private workshop with delegations from India and Pakistan in Istanbul, turkey. This event featured an introduction by Bharath Gopalaswamy, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center, which was followed by a moderated discussion. Also in attendance were Ambassador Rakesh Sood, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, and […]

Insights & Impact by Bridget Corna

India Missile Defense

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

The future of Afghanistan: ongoing negotiations and the role of regional partners

On Monday April 22, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a panel discussion on the Afghanistan peace negotiations. The panel was moderated by the South Asia Center’s Nonresident Senior Fellow Fatemeh Aman and focused on the role of regional powers helping to secure stability and peace. Daud Khattak, Senior Editor of Radio Mashaal, outlined […]

Event Recap by Sahir Amlani

Afghanistan India

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Financial Inclusion to Financial Sustainability – Empowering women in South Asia and Across the World

On April 11th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program and South Asia Center partnered with the Grameen Foundation India and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development to host a panel discussion titled Financial Inclusion to Financial Sustainability – Empowering women in South Asia and Across the World as part of the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum Spring 2019.

Event Recap by Global Business & Economics

Economy & Business South Asia

Sun, Mar 10, 2019

Nawaz quoted in NPR on deadly attack in Kashmir region

Listen to the full discussion here.

In the News by Shuja Nawaz

India Pakistan

Tue, Jan 15, 2019

Atlantic Council South Asia Center ten year anniversary reception

On Wednesday, January 9th, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a reception commemorating the Ten-Year anniversary of the Center. The occasion was marked by a ceremony honoring Shuja Nawaz, founding director of the South Asia Center and current Distinguished Fellow.  Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director of the South Asia Center, began the ceremony with welcoming remarks. […]

Event Recap by Sahir Amlani

Tue, Jan 15, 2019

Reforming US’ high-skilled guestworker program

The H-1B visa program is one of more than twenty US guest worker programs, but it has arguably been in the spotlight more than any other. While the H1-B was originally intended to attract foreign workers to satisfy unmet demand for skilled labor, the current system undercuts opportunities for US workers and enables the exploitation […]

Report by Ron Hira and Bharath Gopalaswamy

Economy & Business India

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Review of President Trump’s South Asia strategy

Over one year after the announcement of the Trump administration’s strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia, significant opportunity remains to improve efforts to achieve peace. In the Atlantic Council South Asia Center’s new report, Review of President Trump’s South Asia Strategy: The Way Ahead, One Year In, authors Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic […]

Report by Bharath Gopalaswamy, Amb James B. Cunningham, et al

Afghanistan Security & Defense