The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.



New Atlanticist

Jan 18, 2024

Experts react: What’s really going on with Pakistan and Iran exchanging attacks?

By Atlantic Council experts

Pakistan just conducted airstrikes in southeastern Iran, two days after Iran used missiles and drones to strike western Pakistan. Atlantic Council experts explain what’s going on.

Conflict Iran

New Atlanticist

Nov 3, 2023

Pakistan’s long journey toward sustainable growth requires timely, free, and fair elections

By Uzair Younus

Elections should be followed by a transparent, consensus-driven process that devolves power to the grassroots level through functional local governments.

Economy & Business Pakistan

In the News

Oct 7, 2023

Bakir in The Nation: Speakers stress Pakistan to adopt regional approach, actively participate in multilateral forums

By Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Middle East

New Atlanticist

Sep 22, 2023

Why Pakistan must side with Ukraine over Russia

By Uzair Younus

Islamabad should look at the evolving global situation pragmatically and recognize that a strong Ukraine that defeats Russia is in its Pakistan’s interest.

Conflict Pakistan
A man rides a boat past toll plaza amid flood water on main Indus highway, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Sehwan, Pakistan.

Issue Brief

Sep 15, 2023

Empowering Pakistan’s youth to address climate change risks

By Omaer Naeem

Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts like flooding and heatwaves. Empowering Pakistani youth in climate adaptation is critical as they will face intensified effects. This brief advocates for greater involvement of youth through grassroots organization, policy advocacy, innovative solutions, and strengthening international cooperation on climate action.

Civil Society Pakistan

New Atlanticist

Aug 28, 2023

Pakistan has a capital problem. Infrastructure investment can be a solution.

By Ammar Habib Khan

Islamabad must utilize unconventional tools to mobilize local private capital and reallocate it toward infrastructure development.

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

New Atlanticist

Jul 26, 2023

Pakistan needs to press pause on its data overhaul

By Uzair Younus

Islamabad appears poised to push through onerous data regulations that will put the country's tech industry under strain—and raise concerns for consumers.

Cybersecurity Digital Policy


Jul 7, 2023

South Asia’s climate challenges are transnational. Its climate solutions must be, too.

By Ahsan Butt

The fundamental reality is that, for South Asia, cooperation on climate change is not a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Jun 20, 2023

Read Imran Khan’s full Atlantic Council interview on failed peace with India, Pakistan’s plight, and his own fate

By Atlantic Council

In an Atlantic Council conversation, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan shared details about a potential peace plan with India and discussed the future economic and political prospects for Pakistan.

Economy & Business Elections

New Atlanticist

Jun 20, 2023

Imran Khan on the failed India-Pakistan thaw and why he’s ‘prepared for everything’—even death

By Wajahat Khan

The former Pakistani prime minister spoke with the Atlantic Council about unsuccessful plans to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and much more.

Corruption Economy & Business