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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.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

South Asia’s economic outlook in the era of COVID-19

Experts from the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center analyze the current efforts of these governments and the potential economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on South Asia:

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus hits Pakistan’s already-strained economy, and its most vulnerable

During every major economic crisis in Pakistan—and there have been several of them—the wheels of the informal economy have chugged along. Today, the informal sector stands to lose the most, particularly the tens of millions of workers who rely on this cash-based sector to provide them with the bare-minimum income required to meet their daily needs.

New Atlanticist by Uzair Younus

Coronavirus Inclusive Growth

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Defusing Bangladesh’s COVID-19 time bomb

Bangladesh has a health crisis in the making. The lack of preparation in the United States and Europe that has spawned the ongoing crisis there still exceeds the preparedness of developing countries such as Bangladesh, which will have to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with limited financial resources and a legacy of poor healthcare infrastructure, especially for the urban poor.

New Atlanticist by Irfan Nooruddin and Rudabeh Shahid

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 11: Economy and Coronavirus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business
AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Women’s activism in Pakistan: Limits on freedom of choice, speech, and visibility in the public sphere

The crux of this contentious debate does not just hang on freedom of choice. It demands a broader conversation about societal acceptance of women’s visibility in the public sphere and role in politics more broadly. Until Pakistani women are seen as full citizens of the state, and not just national subjects, such seemingly apolitical visual expression will continue to provoke much needed rights-based deliberation.

New Atlanticist by Zainab Alam

Pakistan Women

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Riaz quoted in Scroll.in on Bangladesh’s decision to free ex-PM Khaleda Zia amidst Covid-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Ending the “Endless War” trope

The trope about ending endless wars is really a way of arguing that the US foreign policy establishment has failed, that the supposed doctrine of interventionism is ineffective and counterproductive, and that the United States should retrench, withdraw, and do less in the world. It is the latest talking point in a long-running debate between advocates of restraint and advocates of engagement. The debate is not whether we want wars to end or not, but about what strategy is best suited to end them on the best terms.

New Atlanticist by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Winning the peace in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s abortive mission to craft a stable coalition government in Kabul capable of holding peace talks with the Taliban raises fresh concerns about the absence of a clear US strategy for exiting its endless war in Afghanistan

New Atlanticist by Shuja Nawaz

Afghanistan Conflict