As one of the fastest growing and dynamic regions, South Asia accounts for nearly one quarter of the world population and an increasingly greater share of the global economy. Yet owing to internal conflicts, territorial disputes and a history of deeply-rooted mistrust, the various regional stakeholders continue to struggle in collectively anticipating shared challenges and tapping into the myriad opportunities for growth and development.
The EastWest Institute’s South Asia program—cochaired by Ambassador Cameron Munter, former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, and Mr. Ikram Sehgal, Chairman of the Pathfinder Group—aims to advance knowledge and understanding of the region’s underlying issues in order to generate sustained support towards greater intra-regional cooperation. To this end, the program brings together the most prominent and influential voices in South Asia to:
- Establish multi-stakeholder platforms for shared economic, financial and geopolitical interests by bringing together media influencers, thought leaders, and business experts from within the U.S. and South Asia
- Pinpoint emerging shared security threats of overlapping interest and charting paths forward along avenues of cooperation, including joint action on issues stemming from water and food insecurity, and climate change
- Cultivate channels of cultural diplomacy and people-to-people exchange as a tool for anticipating and preventing the escalation of conflicts and promoting stronger regional ties
- Reinfuse rationality and keen diplomatic insight into the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship, encouraging the reaffirmation of continued partnership on regional and global challenges
- Examine interregional connectivity and China’s growing regional presence, including the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and overall opportunities for integration, connectivity and stability