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The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.



All Events

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Event recap: “What is the key to national prosperity?”

On August 18, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss the themes of the book, Prosperity for all Nations, by Raza Hasan.

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Pakistan South Asia

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Event recap: “On the frontline: Protecting Afghanistan’s human rights defenders”

On August 5th, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, held a discussion with some of Afghanistan’s leading human rights defenders (HRDs) and experts to explore what lies ahead for the activists who put their lives on the line to fight impunity, militancy, and violence.

Event Recap by Areeba Atique

Afghanistan Human Rights

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

After the G-7: The strategic implications of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Online Event The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, South Asia Center, and the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East programs convene for a conversation following-up to the G7 Leaders meeting about efforts to evacuate US citizens as well as at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan amid a deteriorating security and humanitarian situation.

10:00am Afghanistan Conflict Crisis Management Human Rights

Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Event recap: “Report Launch: Reimagining the US-India trade relationship”

On July 7, 2021, the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosted Ambassador Robert Holleyman, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, and Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates to launch the newly released report, Reimagining the US-India trade relationship, curated by Atlantic Council's South Asia Center's non-resident senior fellows Ridhika Batra, Mark Linscott, Harsha Vardhana Singh, and non-resident fellow Anand Raghuraman.

Event Recap by Ayra Khan

Economy & Business India

Wed, Jul 14, 2021

Event recap: “REVIVING India’s informal workforce and entrepreneurs”

Overall, the pandemic transformed how we look at the needs of micro-entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, and those within the informal sector. It amplified the need to address the inequality within communities while also pushing various sectors, including commercial and non-profit, to push the boundaries on what recovery means. COVID-19 gave businesses opportunities to stand up for the most vulnerable. In doing so, the REVIVE alliance has helped set the stage for a new, resilient normal.

Event Recap by Ayra Khan

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Event recap: The importance of inclusivity in the Afghan peace process

An event recap for the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and Afghanistan’s Mechanism for Inclusive Peace (AMIP)'s discussion on the importance of inclusivity in the Afghan peace process.

Event Recap by Fahim Ahmad

Afghanistan Civil Society

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Event recap: A gay Muslim’s journey to acceptance

On June 11, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the American Pakistan Foundation co-hosted author Mohsin Zaidi for a conversation on his new book, A Dutiful Boy: A memoir of a gay Muslim’s journey to acceptance, and the underlying issues it addresses relating to race, gender identity, social class, religious discrimination and more. […]

Event Recap by Areeba Atique

Human Rights Migration

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Report launch: US perspectives on reimagining the US-India trade relationship

Online Event The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosts a conversation on US-India trade and a path forward to mark the launch of the Center's latest report, Reimagining the US-India trade relationship.

9:00am Economy & Business India South Asia Trade

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Event recap: “Kabul and a peace process divided”

On June 1, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted former Afghan Minister of the Economy and current Special Representative & Senior Advisor at the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Dr M. Mustafa Mastoor and South Asia Center non-resident senior fellows Ambassador Omar Samad and Dr Nilofar Sakhi for a substantive conversation on developments in Kabul related to the ongoing peace process.

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Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

Event recap: “I’ll Meet You There” with Iram Parveen Bilal and Shuja Nawaz

On May 21, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal for a conversation on her new film, I’ll Meet You There, and the underlying issues it addresses relating to immigrants, identity, race and surveillance, and more.

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Civil Society Human Rights