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AfPak File: What's Next For The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, delivered an address at the Wilson Center on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that was strikingly sharp and direct in its criticism of a sensitive and high-stakes project for both Beijing and Islamabad.

Both capitals rejected the speech's criticism and reasserted their commitment to CPEC.

AfPak File: What's Next As Anti-Government Protests Expand Across Pakistan

Recent weeks in Pakistan have seen the emergence of a new anti-government movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Led by politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the movement, known as the Azadi March, arrived in Islamabad late last month.

Rehman has recently announced that the movement will end its sit-in in Islamabad and focus its efforts outside of the capital. What is the Azadi March all about, what are its implications for Pakistani politics, how much of a threat does it pose to the Pakistani government, and what might be coming next?

The Speech Heard Round the World

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, delivered an address on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the most expensive and operationalized component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—at the Wilson Center.

A Conversation with Ambassador Alice Wells on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

How does China’s Belt and Road Initiative compare with U.S. models for sustainable economic growth in Pakistan? Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, examined the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its implications for Pakistan’s development.

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Sharia and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics

This book analyses the formulation, interpretation and implementation of sharia in Pakistan and its relationship with the Pakistani state whilst addressing the complexity of sharia as a codified set of laws.

AfPak File: Assessing Imran Khan’s Visit To America

Earlier this week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made his first visit to Washington since he became prime minister. He met with President Trump at the White House and held a series of other high-level meetings with U.S. officials and corporate leaders, among other activities.

The latest edition of The AfPak File reviews and assesses Khan’s visit. What are the main takeaways? Did Washington and Islamabad get what they wanted? And what’s next for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship?

Event Recap: Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read?

On Friday, July 12, Nadia Naviwala, a former Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center launched her report titled “Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story On Education Reforms Gone Wrong.”

Why Can't Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story of Education Reform Efforts Gone Wrong (Report)

In Pakistan, millions of children are not in school. And yet, millions more are in school, where they must suffer through the effects of a broken education system. Even after many years of being in school, most of these children struggle to read and learn.

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