All posts by Arif Rafiq

Arif Rafiq is the editor of CPEC Wire. He is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company, and a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. Rafiq authored the first comprehensive public study on CPEC, "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Barriers and Impact," published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He can be reached via email at [email protected].

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Why Pakistan Needs to Lower Its Expectations of the U.S.

Pakistan and the United States have recently been pursuing a reset of relations. High-level visitors from both countries have expressed intentions to find a basis for a partnership not centered on Pakistan’s neighbors Afghanistan or India. While the United States has been...

Arif Rafiq / February 2, 2023
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Pakistan Needs to Adjust to a New Normal in Relations with China

China-Pakistan relations are being tested by the U.S.-China rivalry, economic and political instability in Pakistan, and terrorism.

Arif Rafiq / June 5, 2022
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Kenya and Pakistan Experiences Show China Offers No Shortcut to Development

Kenya and Pakistan showcase why democratic governments in the developing world have partnered with China to build their hard infrastructure.

Arif Rafiq / May 23, 2022
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The Gwadar Protests Should Be a Wakeup Call for Islamabad

The people of Gwadar are now making themselves heard.

Arif Rafiq / December 20, 2021
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Debt-Trap or Game Changer?

Advocates of CPEC see it as an economic game changer. Critics say it's a strategic project with an economic facade. The truth is more complex.

Arif Rafiq / September 22, 2020
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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Lure of Easy Financing and The Perils of Poor Planning

In the short-term, CPEC has exacerbated Pakistan's macroeconomic imbalances, contributing to a surge in the current account deficit and helping create another boom-bust cycle.

Arif Rafiq / May 10, 2019

CPEC’s New Pivot

Beijing and Islamabad move to push forward agricultural and industrial cooperation while adding development assistance to the CPEC framework.

Arif Rafiq / March 3, 2019

Pakistan’s Economy: The Big Picture

Islamabad is exploring a range of options to avert a balance of payments crisis.

Arif Rafiq / September 14, 2018

CPEC and the New Government

A new government in Islamabad brings fresh uncertainty to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor program.

Arif Rafiq / September 14, 2018

Thar lignite to fuel Pakistan’s first ultra-supercritical power plant

Lucky Cement, Pakistan’s largest cement company by installed capacity, has attained financial close on a 660MW, $1.08 lignite-fueled power plant that will be located in Port Qasim, Sindh. The plant, when completed, will be the first ultra-supercritical power plant in...

Arif Rafiq / July 12, 2018