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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, Jun 3, 2020

Chhibber in The Economic Times: Dear PM, India needs sahyog more than atmanirbharta

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, May 29, 2020

Afghanistan needs a settlement

Sitting at a new crossroads, Afghanistan is once again tilting between an opportunity to take the path to peace and a political settlement—hard as it may seem—or to bounce back on the path of more violence and conflict with no end in sight.

New Atlanticist by Omar Samad

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, May 27, 2020

Riaz as a panelist at the UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies: Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19: Bangladesh During a Global Pandemic

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Tue, May 19, 2020

Lakhani as a moderator for the Sankalp Dialogues: How can Pakistani Entrepreneurs Navigate through Covid-19?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Entrepreneurship

Mon, May 18, 2020

India’s new COVID MSME package: Critical assistance or symbolic gesture?

The plan's centerpiece, the loan guarantee program, which transfers the full liability of loan losses of eligible borrowers to the exchequer, however, appears ill-conceived at a time when the government is scrambling to contain the fiscal deficit. Structuring the program to cover the credit and performance risks of MSME loan portfolios of financial institutions through risk participation or risk sharing would have been a wiser choice for the government.

New Atlanticist by Ketki Bhagwati

Coronavirus India

Fri, May 15, 2020

Kashmiris in the Age of Detention: What Changes for the Kashmiris Pre and Post-Pandemic?

On May 5th, 2020, the South Asia Center's Nonresident Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore, organized a webinar to discuss the affects of COVID-19 pandemic on Kashmiris.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Conflict Coronavirus

Thu, May 14, 2020

Can India make an opportunity out of crisis?

India is between a rock and a hard place. The lockdowns have not reduced the increase in coronavirus spread and its economy has cratered. Modi's new stimulus package is intended to save lives and livelihoods and reset the economy. But, if it will be enough will depend on what it contains and more importantly on how it is implemented.

New Atlanticist by Ajay Chhibber

Coronavirus Inclusive Growth

Wed, May 13, 2020

Chaudhary joins the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS to discuss Women’s Leadership in a Global Crisis

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Resilience

Wed, May 13, 2020

Amid COVID-19, Bangladesh turns its back on Rohingya

Confronted with the need for increased coordination between aid agencies and government entities, Bangladesh has instead chosen to alienate the Rohingya community even further. Food is running out, water is running low, and essential programming to prevent gender-based violence in the camps has ground to a halt.

New Atlanticist by Imrul Islam

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Tue, May 12, 2020

Riaz quoted in Nikkei Asian Review on COVID-19 and poverty in Bangladesh

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus