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James Schwemlein
Opinion

Opinion

James Schwemlein

What Malaysia and Pakistan could teach both China and the US about the Belt and Road Initiative

  • James Schwemlein says despite the differences in the two economies, Malaysia and Pakistan are both rethinking their involvement in China’s infrastructure plan
  • The vulnerabilities in belt and road projects due to lack of transparency and local participation present opportunities for the US, he says

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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James Schwemlein

James Schwemlein

James Schwemlein is a non-resident scholar in the South Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a consultant working for the World Bank. He is a former US diplomat experienced in South Asia and US foreign economic policy. From 2011 to 2017, he served as senior adviser to the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.