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Despite regional rivalries and political instability, South Asia has considerable momentum and great promise for becoming a hub of growth and prosperity. Indeed, a prosperous and secure South Asia is vital to the future of Asia as a whole. Through policy dialogues and solution-oriented recommendations papers, public events, and expert commentary, ASPI furthers understanding of the region in the rest of the world. ASPI has conducted several projects to assess the region’s challenges and to develop recommendations on policies to help South Asia’s countries pave a path toward stability and development. ASPI has also engaged in work to help improve relations between the United States and countries in the region.

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Reports

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ASPI report on how to strengthen regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific to manage peace and security in increasingly turbulent times.
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In this ASPI paper, Marshall Bouton argues that the Trump administration should move rapidly to secure closer cooperation with India.
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This ASPI report examines the benefits of and obstacles to India's membership of APEC and outlines steps that would help build support for India's inclusion in the forum.
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An Asia Society Policy Institute issue brief makes the case for India joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
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This report offers new ideas on how to integrate competing U.S. interests in South Asia, encourage stronger interagency collaboration across the East Asia-South Asia divide, and expand expertise on South Asia in the U.S. government.
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Report: Improving Pakistan's police force
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Asia Society’s Pakistan 2020 Study Group provides recommendations to address Pakistan's political, social, and economic challenges over the coming decade.
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An Asia Society task force recommends a practical strategy for how G-20 states can do more to foster economic growth and counter economic nationalism, based on the ideas of experts across Asia.
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Asia Society and the International Rice Research Institute jointly developed a plan of action to address food insecurity and poverty in Asia, based on input from policy and scientific authorities.

Video

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A panel discussion on power in the region marked the launch of the Asia Power Index.
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Ashraf Ghani and Fareed Zakaria discuss the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.
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Khawaja Muhammad Asif responds to criticism from President Trump and others that Pakistan is complicit in its neighbor's troubles.
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The Pakistani foreign minister discusses a range of subjects with Steve Coll at Asia Society.
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The CNN correspondent explains how low-cost smartphones have changed India's political, economic, and social environment.
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Kevin Rudd explains why India joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation would be a win-win for all parties.

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