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.



Illicit Networks-Zaranj

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

Authored in-house and advised upon by senior fellows Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Ambassador Omar Samad, Marika Theros, Javid Ahmad, and Fatemeh Aman, this report explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity. It concludes by outlining several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Harris Samad and Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Arms Control

Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Nawaz joins The News on Sunday to discuss his book “The Battle for Pakistan” as well as civil-military relations in Pakistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Resilience & Society

Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Riaz in The Daily Star: A Tale of Misplaced Priorities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Roberts on India Today

Dexter Tiff Roberts, an award-winning journalist and Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Asia Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council, speaks to India Today about China-India relations, shifting global supply chains in China amid the US-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications for the Indian economy. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

China East Asia

Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 25: How Technology is Ushering in the Age of Freedom

In the News by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Technology & Innovation

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Robert Manning interviewed on TRT about India-China border dispute

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Conflict

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Cunningham joins the CBS podcast “Intelligence Matters” to discuss Russia, Afghanistan, and Prospects for Peace

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
A paramedic uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a police officer alongside a road during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

India and South Asia: potential humanitarian disaster

A disorganized—and perhaps tardy—COVID-19 lockdown could mean food shortages and high mortality rates for India, while Pakistan's military, religious and civil leaders offer contradictory directives that could overwhelm the country's weak public health system.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Mathew J. Burrows, Peter Engelke

Coronavirus South Asia

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Emerging technologies: new challenges to global stability

The world may be fast approaching the perfect storm, with the intersection of two major global trends. At a moment of historic transition, when the post-WWII and post-Cold War international order is eroding amid competing visions of world order and renewed geopolitical rivalries, the world is also in the early stages of an unprecedented technological transformation

In-Depth Research & Reports by Robert A. Manning

China Cybersecurity

Mon, Jul 6, 2020

Linscott in the Hindu: Reforming India’s digital policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Digital Policy India


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