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Pakistan’s new national security priorities reflect new strategic considerations both domestically and internationally. 2020 will be a pivotal year for Afghanistan-Pakistan relations as the United States seeks to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Indo-Pak tensions have remained high since the cross-border skirmishes of March 2019. With China extending its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) vertically through the country, increased US-China and Sino-Indian tensions are more relevant to Pakistan than before. How does Pakistan intend to navigate the new geopolitics of South Asia, while fostering democratic stability and economic prosperity at home?
As Pakistan grapples with changing national security challenges, how have its security objectives evolved to bolster stability within its own borders as well as in the region?
The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center invites you to join us on Monday, August 10 at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 p.m. PKT to discuss Pakistan’s shifting national security objectives and how the country plans to navigate upcoming regional challenges. Dr. Sahar Khan will moderate a Q&A with Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf
Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan
National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning
Executive Vice President
Dr. Sahar Khan (moderating)
Please note that this is a virtual event. Instructions for Zoom access will be emailed upon registration.
The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.
Feature Jul 2, 2020
South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020
By South Asia Center
The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.
New Atlanticist Jun 25, 2020
Can Pakistan handle the double crisis of COVID-19 and a struggling economy?
By South Asia Center
While critics argue that the 2020-2021 budget released by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration will result in a greater deficit and allocates excessive funding to the defense sector, supporters have defended the budget and praised its introduction of the rationalization of custom duties as well as the advance ruling system, which would ease trade and minimize costs associated with cross border trade—a domain that Pakistan has historically struggled to contend in.
New Atlanticist May 6, 2020
The US can do more to compensate for Pakistan’s sacrifices during the War on Terror: The plight of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
By Dawood Ghazanavi
Proper attention to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s case can be a step in the right direction in recovering the relationship Pakistan’s public has with its own government and the United States.