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.




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

In the News

Jan 13, 2022

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad with BPIA and McLarty Associates for a conversation on digital money

By Atlantic Council

Digital Currencies Economy & Business


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

New Atlanticist

Jan 11, 2022

Here’s how to get US-India trade on the right track

By Mark Linscott

Both countries need to be vocal about their goals—but also realistic in their expectations.

India Macroeconomics


Jan 4, 2022

Experts react: India’s Personal Data Protection Bill tabled in Parliament

By Atlantic Council Experts

After two years wait and amid growing friction between the United States and India on thorny digital trade issues, India's Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Personal Data Protection Bill was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, December 16, 2021. South Asia Center experts react to the Bill.

Economy & Business India

In the News

Jan 3, 2022

Amb. Samad in Policy Magazine: Addressing Afghanistan’s Turmoil of Wicked Problems

By Atlantic Council

Indo-Pacific South Asia

In the News

Jan 3, 2022

Graham joined Al Jazeera Inside Story to discuss the implications of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

By Niels Graham

Watch the full panel here.

China East Asia


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 25, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in RadioFreeEurope on the rivalry between regional powers to fill the power vacuum in Afganistan

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

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