Reports and issue briefs

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.




In the News

Jan 20, 2022

Younus in Profit by Pakistan Today: Riding disruption

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Indo-Pacific


Jan 20, 2022

Pakistan’s new National Security Policy: A step in the right direction

By Rabia Akhtar

It is heartening that the NSP has created a discourse in Pakistan where common citizens are questioning the government about their rightful place in the national security policy. Implementation of the NSP will take a whole-of-government approach, and sectoral reforms will be critical if the policy objectives set in the NSP are to be achieved. 

National Security Pakistan

New Atlanticist

Jan 20, 2022

Pakistan’s ‘Praetorian’ state is a troubling model for a Taliban-led Afghanistan

By Ben Acheson

If the Taliban emulates Pakistan’s Praetorian model, it will further erode all work done to grow a healthy Afghan civil society and develop civilian institutions.

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

In the News

Jan 18, 2022

Younus writes for Profit by Pakistan Today, “Do not ban crypto”

By Atlantic Council

Digital Currencies Economy & Business


Jan 15, 2022

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan: An emerging right-wing threat to Pakistan’s democracy

By Roohan Ahmed

Videos circulating on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms showed a violent mob dragging a half-dead man on the streets of Sialkot, Pakistan on December 1, 2021. As the TLP’s influence grows and its ideology spreads, the de-radicalization of Pakistani society looks like an even more distant dream.

Extremism Pakistan


Jan 12, 2022

The Afghan Taliban aren’t likely to give up the TTP. Here’s why.

By Fahd Humayun

This week, a commander of the anti-Pakistan terrorist outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Afghanistan’s new ruling dispensation under the Afghan Taliban is unlikely to have had a hand in the hit, despite Islamabad’s insistence that the new regime take action against the outlawed terrorist group.

Afghanistan Indo-Pacific


Dec 28, 2021

How not to privatize: K-Electric and circular debt in Pakistan

By Ammar Khan

K-Electric could have been the jewel in the crown of Pakistan’s privatization program. Unfortunately, it became a case study in how not to destroy investor confidence and value in Pakistan.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

Dec 21, 2021

NRSF Javid Ahmad in The Hill: Pakistan is opening a dangerous Pandora’s box with the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

Indo-Pacific Pakistan

Event Recap

Dec 20, 2021

Event recap: “The transformative potential of crypto and blockchain for Pakistan”

By Fahim Ahmad

The Atlantic Council South Asia Center's Pakistan initiative, convened a panel discussion on December 13 to discuss the potential of digital currency in Pakistan and how it will benefit the socio-economic situation in the country.

Digital Currencies Digital Policy


Dec 16, 2021

The world must pay attention to Pakistan’s air pollution crisis

By Dawar Butt

In 2021, Lahore was dubbed “the second megacity with the worst air quality” – only second to New Delhi. But air quality is a country-wide, perennial problem in Pakistan, which as a whole has also been ranked as the second worst country in the world in terms of air quality.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment