2019 Asian Studies Visiting Fellow: Riaz Khokhar


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Riaz Khokhar

Residency: May through June
Contact Information: khokharr@EastWestCenter.org*

BiographyRiaz Khokhar

Riaz Khokhar is a research assistant with the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad. He is currently working as a Visiting Fellow Asia Studies at the East-West Center, in Washington D.C., April through June 2019, where he will publish a research paper, an opinion article, and deliver a public talk on his work. His research interests include foreign policy and political economy of South Asia. He has also got an organizational experience in coordinating with other researchers in organizing and managing seminars and conferences. He has published two research articles in the CISS Insight, a biannual journal of the Center. Besides, his analysis on foreign policy issues has featured in the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Bulletin Series, The National Interest, Newsweek Pakistan, Pakistan Politico, The Express Tribune, and Daily Times.

Research Topic: Reorienting U.S. Pakistan Strategy from Af-Pak to Indo-Pacific

This study seeks to advance the work of Daniel S. Markey, who proposed to reorient U.S. Pakistan strategy from Af-Pak to Asia (Markey 2014). The purpose of this study will be to offer a Pakistani perspective of opportunities for the United States to broaden its strategy toward Pakistan by connecting its Indo-Pacific Economic Vision towards the coasts of Karachi and Gwadar. The study will rely on primary and secondary sources of information, especially by conducting interviews with leading policy experts in Washington D.C. and its periphery. This data will comprise the following two broader themes: significance of extending the U.S. Indo-Pacific Economic Vision to the seaports of Pakistan, and revival of the 2011-New Silk Road initiative. The project will be useful for the U.S. administration, which faces challenges from Afghanistan and Pakistan to its Indo-Pacific relations. The study will also be useful for the Pakistani government, which seems to focus on socio-economic development and to bring balance in its relations with the United States and China.

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