Towards economic security – BR Research

 Towards economic security – BR Research

While the realization that economic imperatives should drive foreign policy and internal security has been present among Pakistan’s policymaking elite for some time, the current government has a rare chance to make the transition from “geo-politics to geo-economics”. Security is means to an end, and not an end in itself. The end goal is to raise living standards of the citizens. So what exactly is that opportunity?

As the US-led NATO forces are on the brink of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan, the region surrounding Pakistan is undergoing perhaps the most significant shift since the US invasion of Afghanistan post-9/11. The security hook over the past two decades hasn’t really worked so far; it’s time for Pakistan to try an economic tether.

To be clear, there will be security implications for Pakistan in the near term. American withdrawal, which has been dubbed “irresponsible” and “disorderly” by some…

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