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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.

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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

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

What I dream of for Afghanistan

I was very young when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan forty years ago. It was the first time that I heard the sounds of helicopters overhead and gunshots in the streets, sounds that were completely alien to me and the city I had grown up in. Since then, not a day has passed where I […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Horia Mosadiq

Afghanistan Human Rights

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

How revelations of Russian bounties in Afghanistan could escalate the US-Russia feud

"The United States and its democratic allies have options," to push back against Moscow, but they must "think through the challenge with care and in context of the larger challenge Putin poses for us," Daniel Fried says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Afghanistan Conflict

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

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Event Recap: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah discusses peace talks in Afghanistan with USIP

On June 24, 2020, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an online conversation with former Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. His recent appointment as Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman resolves a longstanding dispute over the 2019 presidential election results and paves the way for the upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, which […]

Event Recaps by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Will Ghani’s plan for peace in Afghanistan work?

“What has been done so far is good enough, but what matters now is to address the underlying challenges the process faces ahead," Javid Ahmad says. "This includes the continuing concerns regarding the lack of a meaningful intra-Taliban consensus to negotiate peace, one likely to upset the upcoming process should the Taliban make unreasonable demands to please their hardliners."

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Transcript: Afghanistan’s vision for peace: A conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Watch and learn more about the event Read our coverage of the event Event transcript FREDERICK KEMPE: Good morning from Washington and good evening to our many viewers in Kabul, where I’m delighted that Radio Television Afghanistan, RTA, is carrying this important event live. And greetings as well to our viewers elsewhere around the world […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

President Ghani assesses the prospects for peace in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stressed on June 11 that a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban has helped create space for potential peace negotiations, but cautioned that the road to a true peace will be long and difficult.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Ahmad in The Hill: The Taliban’s emerging tactical terror alliances

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Security & Defense

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