Since the country’s founding, Pakistan’s national security priorities have been largely defined by the realities of its geopolitical neighborhood. Now, with escalating violence in Afghanistan, intensifying competition between the United States and China, limited hopes for rapprochement with India, and the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan’s neighborhood is evolving — and Pakistan’s national security approach will have to evolve with it.

On August 5, USIP hosted a conversation with Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf. The discussion looked at what these developments mean for Pakistan’s national security outlook towards its neighbors and its relationship with the United States, as well as how the pandemic impacts Pakistan’s security and economic policy.

Continue the conversation on Twitter with #USIPPakistan.

Speakers

Lise Grande, opening remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dr. Moeed Yusuf
National Security Advisor, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Ambassador Richard Olson, moderator 
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

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