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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.

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Thu, Jul 2, 2020

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020

The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

As the Sino-Indian rivalry heats up, watch Bangladesh carefully

Undoubtedly rivalry between India and China will intensify in South Asia in coming months and years ahead. With its position between the two rivals, Bangladesh will be a primary arena to watch the future competition.

New Atlanticist by Ali Riaz

Bangladesh China

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

India’s China app ban heightens need for multilateral discussion on digital privacy and security

Even with other the political and economic factors at play, the decision may be a small sign of some shared ground between India and the United States when it comes to data policy.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

China Digital Policy

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

What I dream of for Afghanistan

I was very young when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan forty years ago. It was the first time that I heard the sounds of helicopters overhead and gunshots in the streets, sounds that were completely alien to me and the city I had grown up in. Since then, not a day has passed where I […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Horia Mosadiq

Afghanistan Human Rights

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

Chhibber in The Economic Times: The time couldn’t be more ripe for Narendra Modi to cement a strategic India-US alliance

In the News

Economy & Business Inclusive Growth

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Assessing Indian digital trade policies: Will they support a $5 trillion economy?

Trade policy has come to the fore as a growing number of countries restrict exports of critical medical supplies to ensure sufficient availability for patients in-country. In this crisis, international collaboration to keep trade flowing has been limited and has not prevented many countries from imposing new trade restrictions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mark Linscott

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

How revelations of Russian bounties in Afghanistan could escalate the US-Russia feud

"The United States and its democratic allies have options," to push back against Moscow, but they must "think through the challenge with care and in context of the larger challenge Putin poses for us," Daniel Fried says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

The shift in the balance of power within the Taliban has the potential to upend Afghan security, India-Pakistan relations, and the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

New Atlanticist by Jared Schwartz and Yelena Biberman

Afghanistan Conflict

Sat, Jun 27, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 23: Demystifying Rural Sindh: Property Rights, Elite Capture, and Feudalism

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Resilience & Society

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

AI, an accelerator of change?

Two digital roundtables with India brought together high-level experts to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and geopolitics of emerging technologies in the South Asian country. While the first focused on AI and health, the second centered on Sino-Indian relations.

Smart Partnerships Series by Julian Mueller-Kaler

Americas China

Events

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Reports Launch: Shaping the post-COVID-19 world together

ONLINE EVENT - What scenarios await us in the post-COVID-19 world? How can the international community, and the United States, find a way forward and act jointly to manage the fallout from the pandemic?

2:30pm ONLINE EVENT