Pakistan’s IMF Dilemma

by Abrahim Shah The recently crowned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government once again finds itself facing the realities of being in power. Following a controversial election and accusations of rigging by opposition parties, the incumbent government must now contend with an… Continue Reading  

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

by James M. Dorsey Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter… Continue Reading  

Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road On The Spot

by James M. Dorsey Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related… Continue Reading  

Beneath America’s Turbulent Relationship with Its Most Hated Ally

by Abrahim Shah Relations between the United States and its erstwhile ally Pakistan can best be characterized as turbulent. Ever since Pakistan decided to entrench itself in the American camp during the Cold War, Pakistan and America have gone back… Continue Reading  

The Contested Center of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

by Alia Ahmed By a strange quirk of history, a small, quiet fishing town lies at the heart of one of the most ambitious development projects for regional integration in Asia: the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Gwadar, located in Pakistan’s… Continue Reading