Featured commentary

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

Join the South Asia Center mailing list

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.



  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Webinars

SouthAsiaSource

Apr 14, 2020

Surveying opinions from rural India on the COVID-19 lockdown

By South Asia Center

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 […]

Coronavirus Hindi

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Apr 9, 2020

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

By South Asia Center

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 […]

Afghanistan Coronavirus

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Mar 24, 2020

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

By South Asia Center

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 […]

Coronavirus India

Content

In the News

May 10, 2021

Fernandes quoted in the NEWS Minute on India’s lockdown of the state of Karnataka

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

In the News

May 7, 2021

Nooruddin quoted in Star Tribune on India’s COVID-19 crisis

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Crisis Management

SouthAsiaSource

Apr 29, 2021

The Biden administration must incorporate India’s provincial elections in West Bengal and Assam into its South Asia foreign policy

By Rudabeh Shahid and Kaveri Sarkar

Away from India's awful COVID-19 scenes playing out are elections Washington should not ignore. The ongoing state elections in India’s east, specifically the states of West Bengal and Assam, are characterized by dynamics central to today’s India and their results will have long-lasting implications for national politics. The fanning of toxic identity politics, compromising of democratic institutions, the worrisome rise of COVID-19 cases, and the effect on foreign relations are aspects of these elections that deserve Washington’s serious attention.

Bangladesh Coronavirus

In the News

Apr 28, 2021

Chaudhary joins the American Pakistan Foundation to discuss Dr. Ali Khan’s book “The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers”

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Education

In the News

Apr 28, 2021

Varshney joins Watson Institute to discuss COVID-19 crisis in India

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

In the News

Apr 28, 2021

Fernandes quoted in The New Indian Express on potential of private medical colleges to help COVID-19 patients in India

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

In the News

Apr 28, 2021

Fernandes quoted in The News Minute on Karnataka’s lockdown

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

In the News

Apr 12, 2021

Nooruddin joins France24 to discuss COVID-19 vaccination in India

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

In the News

Apr 8, 2021

Ghori-Ahmad joins USIP to discuss Pakistan’s post-pandemic economic outlook

By Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

SouthAsiaSource

Mar 4, 2021

COVID-19 is exacerbating air quality issues to the detriment of India’s most vulnerable

By Shashank Jejurikar

The brief period of clean air during India's lockdown offered a glimpse of what can be gained by building a cleaner, more sustainable Indian economy. To explore how that can materialize, this piece will first examine the opposing ecological and economic impacts of India’s lockdown, and then pose policy recommendations that balance sustainability and economic growth.

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus