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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 28, 2022

Pakistan: The next great infrastructure connector

By Ali Jehangir Siddiqui

Pakistan sits at the crossroads of the abundant resources of Central Asia and the Middle East, and the lucrative markets of China and India. It therefore has the potential to play a significant connecting role, one that enables broader regional interdependency while boosting domestic economic prospects.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Mar 24, 2022

As no-confidence vote looms, Pakistan’s democracy faces key stress test

By Fahd Humayun

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faces a no-confidence motion in the country’s National Assembly (the lower house of its Parliament).

Elections Pakistan

In the News

Mar 22, 2022

Uzair in Profit by Pakistan Today: The no-confidence vote inspires little confidence

By Atlantic Council



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


Mar 16, 2022

Exploring non-traditional export markets: Pakistan and the Central Asian Republics

By Hasan Abbas

Huge potential exists for Pakistan to increase its exports to the Central Asia region.

Central Asia Economy & Business


Mar 15, 2022

A terror redux in Pakistan?

By Neha Ansari

The recent surge in terror attacks may be a harbinger for another wave of militancy in Pakistan, which it will have to fight alone.

Pakistan South Asia

In the News

Mar 14, 2022

Younus in Urdu News on Imran Khan

By Atlantic Council



Feb 28, 2022

Experts react: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan cuts fuel and electricity prices

By Atlantic Council Experts

On February 28, 2022, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that his government would cut petrol and diesel prices by Rs. 10 per liter and electricity prices by Rs. 5 per unit. Here's how Atlantic Council and other experts are reacting to the prime minister's decision and its implications for Pakistan's political economy.

Economy & Business Pakistan


Feb 22, 2022

Alienating the West is not in Pakistan’s interests

By Syed Abdul Ahad Waseem

Islamabad's foreign policy should focus on maximizing its power–both hard and soft–and that means maintaining good ties with Western countries. It is possible to achieve this without risking relations with the East.

China Pakistan

In the News

Feb 16, 2022

Nooruddin and Munter quoted in Daily Times: QAU to organize int’l conference on Wednesday to discuss Pak-US current relations

By Atlantic Council