A transatlantic charter of Afghanistan

Supporting peace, security, and sovereignty in Afghanistan

The participants of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues have been working for the past eight months to develop a long-term strategic outlook to promote stability in Afghanistan consistent with Afghan, US, and European interests and values. This group of distinguished European, American, and Afghan diplomats, military officers, scholars, and analysts brought to our deliberations a deep understanding of the context both on the ground and among the allies. We explored a diplomatic-security framework based on the minimal conditions and variables necessary to realize a long-term vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and generated recommendations to support this vision.

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All In-Depth Research and Reports

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Beyond Pakistan’s 2021-22 budget: The economy and growth

Recently appointed to his position, Shaukat Tarin has positioned the budget as being growth oriented in focus, with significant increases to subsidies, public-sector development, and salaries of government employees.

Issue Brief by Uzair Younus

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform
india, trade relations

Tue, Jul 6, 2021

Reimagining the US-India trade relationship

The United States and India have long striven to maintain and deepen bilateral ties, weathering Cold War tensions and antagonisms over India’s nuclear tests to reinvigorate linkages and strengthen cooperation.

Report by Ridhika Batra, Mark Linscott, Anand Raghuraman, Harsha Vardhana Singh

Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The hard work ahead in improving US-India agricultural trade

Between the United States and India, challenges on trade, specifically agricultural trade, persist. This analysis concludes that both countries should pursue a multi-pronged approach to expanding bilateral agricultural trade.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mark Linscott and Scott Sindelar

India South Asia

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Aligning India’s data governance frameworks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to usher in another half a billion Indians online is a fitting goal for an ambitious, young digital nation. Yet closing India’s digital divides and developing a robust digital economy will require a moonshot effort that leaves little room for error.

Issue Brief by Mark Linscott and Anand Raghuraman

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Transforming Indian agriculture: A policy framework to guide US-India partnership

Agriculture has formed the backbone of India’s economy for many decades and remains crucial to providing food security for the country’s growing population. It constitutes a major pillar of India’s economic growth and a significant contributor to its growing exports sector.

Issue Brief by D. Narain

Economy & Business India

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan: Implications for regional peace and stability

India and Pakistan recognize the utility of the press in contemporary conflicts, and seek to deploy it as an offensive weapon in a larger information war. Both countries have utilized digital, print, and broadcast media to shape international perceptions and public opinion domestically.

Report by Fatima Salman

India Media
Illicit Networks-Zaranj

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

Authored in-house and advised upon by senior fellows Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Ambassador Omar Samad, Marika Theros, Javid Ahmad, and Fatemeh Aman, this report explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity. It concludes by outlining several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Harris Samad and Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Arms Control

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Assessing Indian digital trade policies: Will they support a $5 trillion economy?

Trade policy has come to the fore as a growing number of countries restrict exports of critical medical supplies to ensure sufficient availability for patients in-country. In this crisis, international collaboration to keep trade flowing has been limited and has not prevented many countries from imposing new trade restrictions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mark Linscott

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Withdrawal deadlines in war: Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Withdrawal timetables do not achieve the political benefits that policymakers desire, but they do incur the risks policymakers rightly fear.

Report by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict

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

Bangladesh Human Rights