Defense and Foreign Affairs


Nikhat Fatima


Naseer Ahmed


Topic: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy in the Changing Political Climate

Many political commentators believe that Pakistan has reached a crossroads as far as its foreign policy is concerned. United States, which has had a history of close ties with Pakistan, is apparently letting go of its ally after having received enormous support in its war against terror. For example, Donald Trump has recently castigated Pakistan for its alleged role in harboring terrorism and threatened to stop all monetary aid1. On the other hand, China has incorporated Pakistan in its long planned “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative through the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)2. However, sceptics argue that Pakistan has more to lose with opening its economy solely to China. Furthermore, given China’s history of disputes with India and strengthening ties between India and US, Pakistan’s foreign policy must take into account the effects on the regional power balance. While a naïve approach may find a clear enemy in the United States and a dear friend in China, it is important for Pakistan to base all foreign policy decisions on a critical analysis of the situation.

The LUMUN Society, 2018