• Kampani in International Security: Battling over Pakistan’s Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

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  • US-India Relationship: Playing Defense

    Deeper defense cooperation seen as key to boosting a trade relationship that has ‘plateaued’

    As the United States and India set out to realize their goal of elevating annual bilateral trade to $500 billion over the next decade, deeper defense cooperation will be key to energizing a trade relationship that has “plateaued,” two senior US Senators said at the Atlantic Council on April 25.

    “One of the areas where I think there is great, great opportunity to increase this trade is in the defense realm,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). Noting that India is the second-largest buyer of US defense equipment, he added: “We need to increase that.”

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who along with Warner co-chairs the Senate India Caucus, said the “defense industry can, and should, be a major piece” of the effort to expand the trade relationship for both economic and security reasons.

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  • Ullman in the Daily Times: Radicalisation Ain’t Just for Muslims

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  • US Foreign Policy Needs to be ‘Balanced’ Between ‘Great Exertions’ and ‘Retreat’

    Interview with Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Nations

    Zalmay Khalilzad served as the US Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration. A member of the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors, Khalilzad has recently authored an insightful and widely praised memoir—The Envoy. In a wide-ranging interview with the New Atlanticist’s Ashish Kumar Sen, he discussed the lessons learned from the US experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, prospects for peace with the Taliban, and US diplomacy in a post-Iran nuclear deal Middle East, among other issues. Here are excerpts from our interview.

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  • Nawaz Joins Background Briefing to Discuss the Pakistan Terrorist Attack in Lahore Park

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  • Khan in the Australian Financial Review: Trade Can Save India and Pakistan From Historic Tension

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  • Harnessing Pakistan’s Potential

    Pakistan’s government and policymakers must do more to harness the potential of young entrepreneurs, writes Syed Azhar Shah, a fellow in the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan program of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

    “Already, we see a growing ecosystem of Pakistani entrepreneurs developing startups with the potential to become larger, successful entities. If this potential is channeled properly, particularly given Pakistan’s substantial youth population, the tech revolution could be a turning point for Pakistan to transform into a developed and prosperous country,” Shah writes.

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  • Data Diplomacy in South Asia: Water, Natural Hazards, and Regionalism

    On February 24, the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosted a conversation with Saleem H. Ali, University of Queensland's Chair in Sustainable Resource Development, entitled "Data Diplomacy in South Asia: Water, Natural Hazards, and Regionalism."

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  • Call for Applications – Emerging Leaders of Pakistan

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    The emerging Leaders of Pakistan is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for 2016 Fellowship Program! We are seeking 15 young, dynamic women and men from across Pakistan to join a cohort of fellows from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program seeks to empower the next generation of Pakistan's leaders. The program identifies, cultivates, and supports young people in Pakistan who have the potential of becoming future leaders by providing resources to strengthen their engagement within civil society.

    The Fellowship begins with a three week visit to the United States and continues with post-visit activities in Pakistan. It seeks to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration, strengthen relations between Americans and Pakistanis, and empower the Fellows with skills and ideas through leadership training sessions and meetings.

    Learn more about the Fellowship Program here, and read bios of past fellows here.

    The deadline for submission is March 18, 2016. The application and instructions can be found here:

    We are looking for individuals who are:
    • Between 18 and 30 years of age
    • A citizen of Pakistan, currently residing in Pakistan
    • Willing and able to travel to the United States
    • Able to communicate in English (written and oral)
    • No previous travel to North America or Europe
    • Working to promote inclusion and counter violent extremist narratives

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    This project is funded by the US Embassy Islamabad's Community Engagement Program and executed by the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan is our on-the-ground partner in Pakistan and meeting space during the selection process and follow-up activities is generously provided by the Hashoo Group.

    If you are interested in discussing partnership opportunities, please contact Nazia Khan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • Nawaz Quoted by Rediff on US Relations with India and Pakistan

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