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Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Assessing the treatment of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Bangladesh must honor its responsibility to care for Rohingya refugees, and that the international community must do more to hold the government accountable while providing additional financial and logistical support to enable it to do so.

Issue Brief by Rudabeh Shahid

Human Rights Migration

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Trade at a crossroads: A vision for the US-India trade relationship

Both countries should prioritize efforts to manage current tensions, reach an early agreement and build on successes to initiate a series of cooperative projects in areas such as intellectual property rights, digital trade and regulatory coherence, mirroring previous successes on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Report by Mark Linscott, Trevor Cloen, and Nidhi Upadhyaya

India Trade

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

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

Outside-the-Box Sino-Indian and Indo-Russian cooperation on Afghanistan

Recent Sino-Indian and Indo-Russian informal agreements to undertake joint projects in Afghanistan mark a geographical paradigm shift in the strategic ambitions of the region’s largest stakeholders.

Issue Brief by Omar Samad and Bharath Gopalaswamy

Afghanistan China

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

India’s quest for fighter jets: Make in India vs. Make America Great Again

Working in tandem with India to improve its capacity to play a stronger role in the region and uphold the existing liberal order, would be a critical stride for US grand strategy.

Report by Bharath Gopalaswamy

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Unlocking US-India trade

The Trump administration’s vision of an Indo-Pacific where democracy and open seas can flourish, needs sharpening. India can aid in the optimization of this objective by using bilateral and sectoral lenses to find where the they can best cooperate in order to offset bellicose incursions in the region from aggressive foreign powers. An agreement that […]

Issue Brief by Hon. Paula Stern

India Trade

Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Asia in the “Second Nuclear Age”

It is now a truism among foreign and defense policy practitioners that the post Cold War nuclear buildup in the India Pacific region constitutes the drawn of the “second nuclear age.” From the 1990s onward, China’s decision to stir out of its strategic languor and modernize its nuclear arsenal, along with the resolve of India […]

Report by Gaurav Kampani and Bharath Gopalaswamy

Nuclear Deterrence Nuclear Nonproliferation

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Transforming India from a balancing to leading power

“It is vital for American interests in Asia to have India as an economic and strategic ally,” writes Bharath Gopalaswamy and former Minister Manish Tewari in “Transforming India from a Balancing to Leading Power,” a new brief from the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. In the brief, the authors present policy recommendations for US policy […]

Issue Brief by Manish Tewari and Bharath Gopalaswamy

China India
The 18th SAARC Summit

Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Cooperation in South Asia: The case for redefining alliances

Political mistrust in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is high and this, in turn, has historically led to shortsighted economic policies and disjointed coordination. As India asserts itself as a global economic player, its leadership, specifically in SAARC, may lead to the political successes necessary to ensure broader connectivity and cooperation in […]


Politics & Diplomacy South Asia