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Last year, Pathways to Change – Pakistan Policy Symposium, a two-day event jointly organized by the Wilson Center and INDUS, convened expert scholars, academics, and practitioners from the United States and Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s recent achievements in economic, political, and foreign affairs as well as its opportunities to address current and future challenges. Speakers and panelists focused on identifying practical, innovative, and above all actionable policy solutions. The following series of policy briefs, which draw on discussions from the symposium, will be of interest to the academic and scholarly communities; diaspora audiences; business and policy circles; and any general audiences interested in Pakistan, U.S.- Pakistan relations, or international relations on the whole.

In this essay, James Schwemlein argues that the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) alone is not a silver bullet for Pakistan’s economic troubles. “More attention needs to be placed on improving Pakistan’s competitiveness, including its economic governance,” he writes. He calls for a “real focus on market-enabling reforms, including a more predictable regulatory and legal framework.” 

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James Schwemlein

Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group; Nonresident Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Former Senior Advisor to the U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. State Department
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