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Pakistan’s incoming administration faces a slew of economic challenges including a looming balance of payments crisis, the possibility of a new IMF bailout, and concerns over the financial viability of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). How are these issues likely to develop over the coming months, and what are their strategic implications within the wider region?
On October 2, the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program hosted a panel discussion addressing Pakistan’s economic outlook and its potential to both shape and strain regional political and security dynamics. Our panelists, Shamila Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Arif Rafiq, President, Vizier Consulting, Yun Sun, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center, and Uzair Younus, Director, South Asia Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group, offered comments. Sameer Lalwani, Director of the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, convened our meeting, and Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, moderated the discussion.