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.



Thu, Sep 23, 2021

What the Arab Gulf is thinking after the Afghanistan withdrawal

Three Gulf heavyweights are calculating what they stand to gain—or lose—in their relationship with the United States.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Nasr joins the Aspen Institute: “The US and The Middle East: 20 Years After 9/11”

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

The US can’t fix Afghanistan, but it can still fix NATO

Now is not the time for Europe to raise its defense spending or for NATO to extend its reach beyond Europe—especially into the Indo-Pacific region. Rather, it's time to get back to the core focus of NATO.

Blog Post by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

With the US out of Afghanistan, Iran jumps on the opportunity of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Even if Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is stalled, the US exit from Afghanistan changes the regional landscape.

IranSource by Jonathan Fulton

Afghanistan China

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Experts react: 2021 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tajikistan

On September 17, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) held a heads-of-state summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in a hybrid virtual and in-person setting. Consisting of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and most recently Iran, the SCO meeting primarily discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan and its ramifications for member states as well as the international community more broadly.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Central Asia

Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Sakhi joined Tufts University Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies to discuss Afghanistan: The End of a Forever War.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Sep 20, 2021

India is key to US climate ambitions, and the Quad can help

India's massive demand for energy is projected to grow rapidly over the next several decades, and its current coal reliance will be difficult to break. But doing so is vital, both to global decarbonization and US geopolitical interests. The Quad can help provide the requisite security, investment, and support to help India undertake this challenge.

EnergySource by Reed Blakemore, David W. Yellen

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Will a Taliban victory advance TAPI?

The Taliban's ascent in Afghanistan has shaken up the prospects for a pipeline from Turkmenistan to India. Financial and reputational risks abound, and though a few possibilities remain, they possess serious limitations, calling the pipeline's future into question.

EnergySource by Steve Mann

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Nawaz joins DW News to discuss the latest development in Afghanistan

Insights & Impact

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Global Sanctions Dashboard: Summer Edition

The Global Sanctions Dashboard aims to inform economic statecraft policies by analyzing sanctions globally and identifying trends across lists in partnership with Castellum.AI.

EconoGraphics by Julia Friedlander, Michael Albanese and Castellum.AI

Afghanistan Belarus


Mon, Sep 27, 2021

After Afghanistan: Why Central Asia is more important than ever

Online Event There is an opportunity for the United States to re-engage with Central Asia on key issues. With a resurgent Taliban in power to the south, an increasingly assertive China to the east, and a revanchist Russia to the north, the region is more important than ever.

10:30am Afghanistan Central Asia Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Oct 6, 2021

Pakistan faces economic challenges: A conversation with Princeton economist Professor Atif Mian and Shuja Nawaz

Online Event The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosts a conversation on Pakistan’s economy and prospects for growth in the short- and long-term with Princeton Professor Atif Mian.

10:00am Economy & Business Macroeconomics Pakistan South Asia