The Dysfunctional US-Pakistan Alliance

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by Umer Karim and Giorgio Cafiero President Donald Trump began this year accusing Pakistan of lying to the United States. He stated that Washington had foolishly given the South Asian country $33 billion in aid while Pakistan’s government allegedly provides… Continue Reading  

China leverages Belt and Road investment to shape Pakistan’s political environment

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by James M. Dorsey A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key pillar of the People’s Republic’s Belt and Road Initiative,… Continue Reading  

Pakistan: Loud and Ineffectual Fundamentalism

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by Alia Ahmed The religious protesters who blocked the Faizabad Interchange—connecting the twin cities of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, and the garrison town of Rawalpindi—last month had important things to discuss. For instance, could one have really drunk the urine… Continue Reading  

Commercial terms call into question China’s win-win Belt and Road initiative

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by James M. Dorsey In a rare challenging of Chinese commercial terms that underlie the country’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan and Nepal have withdrawn from two dam-building deals. The withdrawal coincides with mounting questions in Pakistan, a crown… Continue Reading  

A Pakistani-US Collision in the Making

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By James M. Dorsey A recent government surrender to militant demands for stricter adherence to Islam mediated by the military coupled with the release from house arrest of a militant leader designated by the United Nations and the United States… Continue Reading