Relatively prudent foreign policy maneuvers stole the headlines in 2019, overshadowing Pakistan’s downward economic spiral and political decay. The Imran Khan government made the most of extra-regional strategic opportunities with the US and China while weathering a collapsing bilateral relationship with India. Officials struggled to arrest a mounting economic crisis. The state further accelerated the long-term corrosion of Pakistan’s political institutions with threats to federalism, suppression of opposition elements, and greater space for the military at the expense of civilians.
Pakistan in 2019: Navigating Major Power Relations amid Economic Crisis
Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Fellow for Asia Strategy and Director of the South Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC. The author thanks Sunaina Danziger for research assistance. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Sameer Lalwani; Pakistan in 2019: Navigating Major Power Relations amid Economic Crisis. Asian Survey 1 February 2020; 60 (1): 177–188. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2020.60.1.177
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