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Below are selected interviews and commentary from South Asia Center staff. For all media links, visit South Asia Center In the News.
The National Interest | 10.23.14
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs | 10.19.14
Voice of America | 10.22.14
Defense News | 10.2.14
Atlantic Council Hosts US-Pakistan Conference
On 14-15 October 2014, the South Asia Center hosted the inaugural US-Pakistan Conference, a high level track 2 convening leadership from political, military, business and civil society fields from the United States and Pakistan. It focused on three interlinked themes: security, economy, and governance and created a candid off-the-record dialogue between key non-governmental interlocutors from different backgrounds to recommend solutions to problems and to keep the relationship alive despite the ups and downs of politics
A full report of the conference findings and recommendations will be released to US and Pakistani policymakers. While the conversation was not-for-attribution, a number of participants spoke to the Atlantic Council on-record. View their comments here:
Theconference was part of the South Asia Center’s US Pakistan Program, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The US Pakistan Program was launched late last year with the goal of creating a regular forum on current and emerging issues in Pakistan and between the United States and Pakistan that would survive the ups and downs of the political relationship, with a view to three critical sectors: security, economy, and governance.
Last week, the South Asia Center bid farewell to its Founding Director Shuja Nawaz. The Atlantic Council hosted a farewell lunch with Chairman Jon Huntsman, President and CEO Fred Kempe, and members of the board and staff joining the South Asia Center team in thanking Shuja for his leadership and contribution.
Perspectives from Pakistan’s Changemakers
TheAtlantic Council cordially invites you to attend the event, “Perspectives from Pakistan’s Changemakers,” featuring the South Asia Center’s 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellows.
Youth are considered the asset of a country. With about half of the population under the age of 24, Pakistan possesses an immense resource that can determine the success of the country’s young democracy and future. The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) fellowship supports and empowers the next generation of Pakistan's leaders by creating a sustainable forum of collaboration to strengthen their engagement and impact in their communities. This year's contingent of fifteen dynamic civil society leaders, who were selected through a highly competitive process, embody Pakistan's ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity. They are educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, social activists, social innovators, and community organizers who are working to solve some of Pakistan's most pressing challenges. The fellowship provides the opportunity to collaborate with each other, address misperceptions, and glean best practices from the people and organizations they meet to foster creative ideas and lessons to apply in Pakistan.
DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This project is made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the US Embassy in Islamabad through its partnership with the Meridian International Center. Conference needs during the selection process were sponsored by the Hashoo Group of Pakistan. Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan is an on-the-ground partner.
Deconstructing Democracy: Elections in India
With the world's largest democracy and a population of 1.3 billion, elections in India are among the most complex democratic exercises in the world. Navin Chawla, former election commissioner of India, spoke to the Atlantic Council about maintaining an efficient and universally respected election process and peaceful transitions of power in a country of 814 million registered voters.
India has "a very strange way of conducting elections," said Chawla, describing how the Commission takes complete control of governance throughout the country during the election...read more
Bangladesh in Focus
On October 1, the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosted panel discussions on Bangladesh. Panelists Amb. William Milam, senior scholar, Asia Program, Wilson Center; Amb. Teresita Schaffer, nonresident senior fellow, foreign policy, The India Project, Brookings Institution; and Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Muniruzzaman, president, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies discussed the new political order in the country following elections in early 2013, and implications to economic progress. The second panel focused on Bangladesh's role in building regional security with comments from Dr. Robert Boggs, professor, Near East and South Asia Center; Mr. Shafqat Munir, associate research fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies; and Dr. Stephen Tankel, assistant professor, American University...read more
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