Cameron Munter hosts two distinguished guests, Ikram Sehgal and Moeed Yusuf, to discuss the complex and ever-changing power dynamics in South Asia.
Sehgal recommends prudence in cooperating with outside economic powers, noting that "Until the 18th century, South Asia was economically independent, it was exporting, it was one of the richest economic regions in the world. Once the British took over and changed the economy for their advantage, everything went haywire."
Yusuf goes further, observing that "[South Asian] countries are at risk of becoming pawns in the great power competition, if they don't balance their alliance preferences, if they don't play multiple hands at the same time."
Ikram Sehgal is a Pakistani defense analyst and security expert. He is the Chairman of Pathfinder Group Pakistan, which includes two of the country's largest private security companies. He also heads the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations and was recently appointed Chairman of Karachi Electric company, one of Pakistan’s major energy suppliers. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum.
Moeed Yusuf is the associate vice president of the Asia Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. He has served on various task forces and advisory councils both in the U.S. and Pakistan, and has also authored a number of books, the latest being “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia.”