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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.


Fri, Apr 24, 2020

An inside look at Pakistan’s COVID-19 response


Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Surveying opinions from rural India on the COVID-19 lockdown

India is now several week into the government-mandated lockdown intended to control the spread of COVID-19. Led by Non-Resident Senior Fellow Dr Edmond Fernandes, the CHD Group and the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center surveyed Indian citizens in rural Karnataka to capture the impact of the outbreak and lockdown on their access to public health services […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Coronavirus Hindi

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

The unique challenges posed by COVID-19 in Iran and Afghanistan

The following interview was conducted on April 7th, 2020. On the 7th of April 2020, the South Asia Center and the Future of Iran Initiative hosted a virtual panel on Iran and Afghanistan’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, moderated by Nonresident Senior Fellow Fatemeh Aman. The panel consisted of Dr. Fatima Rezaei, Iran Country […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

India’s public health response to COVID-19 with Dr. Edmond Fernandes, MD

The following interview was conducted on March 23, 2020. Let’s just start with the basic facts. To the best of your knowledge as of this evening, March 24, 2020, what is the situation in India right now. What are the total number of infections, what has been the main origin, is there community spread occurring […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Coronavirus India


Wed, Aug 5, 2020

The IMF, the World Bank, and South Asia in the face of COVID-19

Given the region’s deteriorating economic outlook, heavy funding from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) is crucial to prevent a prolonged public health crisis and financial woes. Unfortunately, this has not yet materialized.

New Atlanticist by Capucine Querenet

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse

With complications from the coronavirus pandemic, during which the Sri Lankan election commission has struggled to ensure that voting will be free, fair, and safe for all, the twice-delayed election may favor President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party, allowing it to strike down a significant constitutional amendment and move Sri Lanka further into China’s orbit of influence.

New Atlanticist by Phillip Baumgart

Coronavirus Elections

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Fernandes in The Times of India: Disaster risk reduction & global health: Covid-19 & multilateralism

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

India’s hijras find themselves further marginalized amid the pandemic

While India’s hijras have made considerable strides in civil and political rights in recent years, the pandemic has underscored the fact that their communities remain woefully neglected. Only with equitable legal recognition and government support will the hijra community cease to be disenfranchised.

New Atlanticist by Phillip Baumgart and Shariq Farooqi

Coronavirus Human Rights

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Verma joins the Senator Harry Reid Civic Dialogue Program at UNLV: Restoring U.S. Global Leadership in a Post Covid-19 World

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Riaz in The Daily Star: A Tale of Misplaced Priorities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020

The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

The shift in the balance of power within the Taliban has the potential to upend Afghan security, India-Pakistan relations, and the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

New Atlanticist by Jared Schwartz and Yelena Biberman

Afghanistan Conflict

Sat, Jun 20, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 22: Innovation in Education

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Education

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Akhtar in conversation with Niall Ferguson in an Afkar e Taza Thinkfest event: The Square, the Tower, and the Virus: COVID-19 in history and network science

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Crisis Management