South Asia Center

South Asia Center

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. With the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics at the center of SAC’s vision, we work to find multilateral solutions to South Asia’s most vital challenges.

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  • Inside Afghanistan's gender apartheid

    Listen as women reveal the impact of the Taliban's oppressive decrees.

    Since retaking Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban has issued dozens of repressive decrees designed to systematically oppress the women and girls of the country. In this video, you can hear directly from Afghans on the pr...

  • Pakistan’s political economy after elections

    PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL ECONOMY AFTER ELECTIONS - Explore the dynamic political economy of Pakistan after the February 8 elections with the Atlantic Council South Asia Center’s Pakistan Initiative. Gain insights from a panel of distinguished experts, moderated by Uzair Younus, as they delve into the...

  • A conversation with Amb. Verveer and Amb. Rahmni

    A CONVERSATION WITH AMB. VERVEER AND AMB. RAHMNI ON AFGHAN WOMEN AS THE WAY FORWARD - To launch her report, Amb Roya Rahmani sits down with Amb Melanne Verveer to discuss Afghan women as the way forward and how the international community should engage.

    ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 06/28/2023

  • Imran Khan on failed peace with India, Pakistan’s plight, and his own fate

    Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sat down with Wajahat S. Kahn, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Pakistan Initiative, for an interview on June 18, 2023.

    In the Atlantic Council interview, Khan, who was ousted from power in April 2022, revealed new details about...

  • A Governance Agenda for a Digital-first Future

    The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and GeoEconomics Center, in partnership with the Mastercard Policy Center for the Digital Economy hosted a roundtable discussion on the governance agenda for a digital-first future.

    The roundtable explored the emerging World Bank governance agenda agains...

  • Ayesha Jalal on Pakistan Day and the path forward for the country

    A CONVERSATION WITH AYESHA JALAL: PAKISTAN DAY AND THE PATH FORWARD FOR THE COUNTRY - The Atlantic Council’s Pakistan Initiative, in collaboration with the APPAC Foundation, hosted a conversation with Dr. Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, on Pakistan Day and ...

  • Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

    A CONVERSATION WITH FOREIGN MINISTER OF PAKISTAN BILAWAL BHUTTO ZARDARI - Amid an ongoing climate catastrophe, the appointment of a new army chief, and a persisting economic crisis, Pakistan has witnessed a multitude of challenges and developments. In this AC Front Page event, Foreign Minister H....

  • Miftah Ismail, the Honorable Finance Minister of Pakistan

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE HONORABLE FINANCE MINISTER OF PAKISTAN, MIFTAH ISMAIL - There has been a flurry of political activity in Pakistan in April 2022 culminating in the vote of no-confidence that ousted Imran Khan from power and brought in a new government and cabinet. During this period, the c...

  • Should overseas Pakistanis have a vote in Pakistan?

    SHOULD OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS HAVE A VOTE IN PAKISTAN? - On May 26, 2022, Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a bill to abolish election reforms passed by the government of former prime minister Imran Khan that gave overseas Pakistanis the right to vote through the use of electronic voting machines ...