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.



Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Dignity and fair negotiations is what we Afghans want

When the United States and its allies entered Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, it did not merely sign up to bring human rights to the Afghan people or to fight a local insurgent group. Indeed, the intervention was driven just as much by the US-led global war on terror, a fight in which we, the people of Afghanistan, have bled and sacrificed thousands of military and civilian lives alongside our US and NATO partners.

SouthAsiaSource by Ejaz Ahmad Malikzada

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford debate US withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia’s intentions behind a military buildup on the Ukrainian border

On April 16, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Biden’s plan to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by September 11, the significance of Russia military buildup on the border […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Central Asia

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Khuda hafez Afghanistan and maybe Pakistan!

20 years after invading Afghanistan to punish the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden, President Joe Biden is saying goodbye to Afghanistan. Regardless of the main reason why President Biden is extracting the US military and hence NATO from Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan may end up being sacrificed and left to the depredations of the Taliban and Islamic State.

SouthAsiaSource by Shuja Nawaz

Afghanistan Pakistan

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Nawaz quoted in Nikkei Asia on President Biden’s orders of military withdrawal from the Afghan war

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

“Expediting” the peace process degrades the conceptual integrity of peace

The United States must realize that securing a peace as just as the Afghan war has been unjust will require time. Degrading the conceptual integrity of peace has meant a dilution of the moral force behind the peace process.

SouthAsiaSource by Muska Dastageer

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

FAST THINKING: Leaving Afghanistan, twenty years later

America’s longest war is set to finally come to an end, with President Joe Biden expected to announce on Wednesday that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. What’s the state of the nation that the US military will leave behind?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Event recap: “‘A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo’ with N.S. Vinodh and Shuja Nawaz”

On April 8, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a conversation with author N.S. Vinodh on his book, A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo: The Life and Times of Syud Hossain.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

India Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Akhtar joins CSSPR to discuss a report on nuclear responsibilities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Nooruddin joins France24 to discuss COVID-19 vaccination in India

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus India

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Singh joins GW IIEP to discuss India’s trade policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business India


Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Post-pandemic South Asia: How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Bangladesh’s politics, economy, and healthcare

Online Event The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosts a conversation on the future of Bangladesh’s economic, political, and healthcare landscapes in the context of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

8:00am Bangladesh Civil Society Coronavirus Economy & Business