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.



Wed, Aug 5, 2020

The IMF, the World Bank, and South Asia in the face of COVID-19

Given the region’s deteriorating economic outlook, heavy funding from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) is crucial to prevent a prolonged public health crisis and financial woes. Unfortunately, this has not yet materialized.

New Atlanticist by Capucine Querenet

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse

With complications from the coronavirus pandemic, during which the Sri Lankan election commission has struggled to ensure that voting will be free, fair, and safe for all, the twice-delayed election may favor President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party, allowing it to strike down a significant constitutional amendment and move Sri Lanka further into China’s orbit of influence.

New Atlanticist by Phillip Baumgart

Coronavirus Elections

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 28: A Conversation with Junaid Iqbal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Pakistan

Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Nawaz joins the podcast “Pakistonomy” to discuss “The Battle for Pakistan” as current affairs in Pakistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 27: A Conversation with Shuja Nawaz

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Event recap: “The role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process”

On July 20, 2020 the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a panel discussion on the role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process. Marika Theros, a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center, moderated the discussion which was paneled by Shaharzad Akbar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Sergio Jamarillo Caro, Former High Commissioner for Peace for Colombia; and Hadi Marifat, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 26: Fueling Pakistan’s startup ecosystem

In the News by Atlantic Council

Entrepreneurship Pakistan

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Sherman interviewed on Cornell Law School’s “A Law in Common” podcast on the US-India tech relationship

In the News

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

India’s hijras find themselves further marginalized amid the pandemic

While India’s hijras have made considerable strides in civil and political rights in recent years, the pandemic has underscored the fact that their communities remain woefully neglected. Only with equitable legal recognition and government support will the hijra community cease to be disenfranchised.

New Atlanticist by Phillip Baumgart and Shariq Farooqi

Coronavirus Human Rights

Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Ian Brzezinski quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Russian bounties on US troops

In the News

Afghanistan Conflict


Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Navigating Pakistan’s national security challenges

ONLINE EVENT - The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosts Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning, to discuss Pakistan’s shifting national security objectives and how the country plans to navigate regional challenges. Monday, August 10 at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 p.m. PKT