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    আত্মজিজ্ঞাসা জরুরি                   

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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 India Myth

Rajan Menon

The National Interest | 10.23.14


Eyeing the Generals

Shuja Nawaz

The Cairo Review of Global Affairs | 10.19.14


Lessons of North Korea for Iran Nuclear Talks

Barbara Slavin

Voice of America | 10.22.14

Pakistan Welcomes Afghan-US Bilateral Security Pact; Analysts Uncertain

Claude Rakisits

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
In the past few years, the US-Pakistan relationship has suffered from major fluctuations. Diplomatic efforts on both sides helped mend rifts from 2012 onwards and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington in October 2013 appeared to signal a fresh start in the relationship. But there was a feeling on both sides that the relationship had now stalled. In this context, the conference created a unique opportunity under the South Asia Center’s US Pakistan Program for officials and leaders in various fields to have a candid discussion, take stock of the bilateral relationship, and seek out fresh ideas for greater cooperation and exchange. Participants examined the challenges and opportunities within Pakistan and identified discrete areas of potential cooperation going forward in the three key sectors.
Current US government officials briefed conference participants during the lunch and dinner sessions, to offer direct government interaction and ideas exchange. Overseas Private Investment Corporation President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield spoke on the role of business and trade in the bilateral relationship. US Agency for International Development Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Donald “Larry” Sampler briefed participants on US engagement and development work in Pakistan. Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman discussed the relationship on a joint panel, marking the first public remarks by US SRAP Feldman. Watch here:



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.

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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.

Shuja launched the South Asia Center, the first regional center at the Atlantic Council, in 2009. Shortly after, the Center released its first publication, a report on Pakistan co-sponsored by then Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee room (pictured). From there, Shuja led the Center to what it is today: the go-to-source of analysis on South Asia with nine active projects and regular events and publications.

Shuja will remain engaged as a distinguished senior fellow and the search for his successor is well underway to ensure a smooth transition of our work. Please join us in thanking him for his dedication to waging peace in South Asia and wishing him all the best.


Perspectives from Pakistan’s Changemakers

A discussion with the 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellows

Moderated by Huma Haque, Associate Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council

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.

We invite the DC community to meet the 2014 fellows, hear about their experiences addressing Pakistan’s challenges, and discuss outstanding issues facing their communities and country.


DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
TIME: 4:00pm – 5:15pm, Reception to Follow
LOCATION: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005


Read bios of all fifteen fellows here


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.
The Election Commission in India possesses enormous power to act autonomously and conduct elections through the country's constitution. The country requires 8,000 polling stations and 8 million people to execute a secure process.


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 more

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 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 more


Full event summary | Audio


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