A Shift to Geo-economics?


THE year 2021 will be remembered in Pakistan for the fight against Covid, the return of a Taliban government in Afghanistan, continuing tensions with India, and the intensifying US-China competition. But the year would also be remembered for a deliberate effort towards a more comprehensive paradigm of national security — military, economic and human securities. And within this broader context, which was introduced during the Islamabad Security Dialogue last March, much of the discussion has remained focused on the term ‘geoeconomics’. What do we actually mean by geoeconomics and can it deliver the expected economic dividends while also addressing the geopolitics of our region?

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