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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.



Issue Brief

Mar 21, 2022

Trading in US-India data flows: Prospects for cooperation in US-India data policy

By Justin Sherman

This issue brief details opportunities for cooperation and sources of contestation in US-India data policy. It then recommends that the United States and Indian governments convene bilateral dialogues focused narrowly on achieving tangible, near-term objectives on data policy.

Digital Policy Economy & Business


Mar 17, 2022

Tempting the fates

By Shuja Nawaz

On March 9, 2022, India accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan’s eastern city of Mian Channu. The situation came within a hair’s width of plunging the nuclear-armed neighbors into a full-scale war. 

India Missile Defense
Indian migrants detained at US-Mexico border

Engagement Reframed

Mar 8, 2022

Engagement Reframed #4: Securing America’s demographic and economic future

By Mathew Burrows

What is the opportunity? Throughout US history, many American entrepreneurial heroes have been immigrants or the children of immigrants—from Alexander Graham Bell and Andrew Carnegie, both born in Scotland, to Intel’s Andy Grove and Google’s Sergey Brin, originally from Hungary and Russia, respectively. Indian immigrants comprise only about 1 percent of the US population but […]

Americas Entrepreneurship


Mar 7, 2022

India must transform its micro, small, and medium enterprises

By Adnan Ahmad Ansari

For global companies, India’s push for micro, small, and medium enterprises is an untapped business opportunity that could have a far-reaching impact.

Economy & Business Inclusive Growth

In the News

Mar 6, 2022

Nooruddin quoted in The Wall Street Journal: Russian invasion of Ukraine strains US’s strategic ties with India

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business India


Feb 14, 2022

E-commerce is the latest target in India’s push for an open digital economy

By Adnan Ahmad Ansari

India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, last week informed parliament that his government was in the process of finalizing a beta version of an Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). To understand why the government is pushing for the ONDC, it is important to understand three underlying factors that are shaping India’s burgeoning digital economy.

Economy & Business India


Feb 8, 2022

Modi faces a critical test in India’s most populous state

By Adnan Ahmad Ansari

2022 will witness one of the most critical Indian elections in recent memory–for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and for India’s democracy.

Elections India

In the News

Feb 4, 2022

CBDC Tracker cited in Business Standard on India’s CBDC development

Read the full article here.

Digital Currencies Economy & Business


Feb 1, 2022

India takes a major step towards regulating crypto

By Adnan Ahmad Ansari

Through the budget, the Indian government has thrown a lifeline to the crypto and Web 3 ecosystem. The ecosystem now needs to build on this opening further as the government prepares to introduce legislation in parliament to regulate crypto assets.

Digital Currencies Digital Policy

Engagement Reframed

Feb 1, 2022

Engagement Reframed #1: Vaccinate the world

By Mathew Burrows, Evan Cooper

The United States can do more to increase vaccination rates around the world, and in doing so help to build a more resilient global health system in which it is a leader.

Africa China