Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Through diplomacy, advocacy, assistance, and learning from the past we advance the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. We execute our Mission by cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and fair working environment that supports and empowers “our people,” from all backgrounds, identity, and thought.
Our common goal is an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors, respectful of the human rights of all its citizens, and capable of ensuring terrorists can never again use Afghan soil to threaten the security of America and our allies.Read more