The Pakistan-China Relationship: Aspirations, Challenges, and Impacts for Southern Asia

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A discussion on the state of Pakistan-China relations with Hussain Nadim, senior Pakistan expert at United States Institute for Peace, and Yun Sun, Senior Associate with the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, and Michael Krepon, Co-founder of Stimson. Sameer Lalwani, Deputy Director of the South Asia program, moderated the panel. The conversation focused on the strategic objectives and core drivers of the relationship, expectations in the near to medium term, and how other players such as the United States, Russia, Japan, and India are likely to react.  

WHAT: A panel discussion on Pakistan-China relations featuring Hussain Nadim, Yun Sun, Michael Krepon, and Sameer Lalwani.


Hussain Nadim, Senior Pakistan Expert, United States Institute for Peace
Hussain Nadim is the founding director of the Peace and Development Unit at the Ministry of Planning, Development, & Reforms in the Pakistan government. He has also been a visiting scholar in the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct fellow at the International Center for Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at King’s College, London. He holds  an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.  

Yun Sun, Senior Associate, East Asia program, Stimson Center
Yun Sun specializes in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and China’s relations with its neighbors. Prior to Stimson, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution focusing on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. She also worked as a China Analyst at the Beijing-based International Crisis Group. She holds a master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as another master’s in Asia Pacific studies from Foreign Affairs College, Beijing.

Michael Krepon, Co-founder, Stimson Center
Michael Krepon is Co-founder of the Stimson Center. Krepon previously worked at the Carnegie Endowment, the State Department, and on Capitol Hill. He has written over 400 articles and is the author or editor of twenty books, including Better Safe than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the BombAnti-Satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American RelationsDeterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South AsiaNuclear Risk Reduction in South AsiaOpen Skies, Escalation Control and the Nuclear Option in South AsiaCooperative Threat Reduction, Missile Defense, and the Nuclear FutureGlobal Confidence Building: New Tools for Troubled Regions; and Crisis Prevention, Confidence Building, and Reconciliation in South Asia.

Sameer Lalwani, Deputy Director, South Asia program, Stimson Center
Sameer Lalwani is Deputy Director for Stimson’s South Asia program. From 2014-15, Sameer Lalwani was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. His work has been published through RAND, Oxford University Press, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, CTC Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and a number of other outlets. Previously he was a fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, a member of the CNAS Next Gen National Security Leaders Program, a participant in the CSIS Nuclear Scholars Initiative, and a policy analyst with the New America Foundation.

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