Latest Reports

Returning to the Shadows: China, Pakistan, and the Fate of CPEC

September 24, 2020

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been the single highest-profile investment package under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This new report from GCAL and the German Marshall Fund of the United States looks at the evolution of CPEC, from its initial high ambitions to its slowdown to its mini-revival in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It examines how U.S. and other Western policymakers should respond to CPEC, and to the BRI more generally, and provides insights into how CPEC will shape the future of the Sino-Pakistani relationship.

Promise of Democratization in Hong Kong: Discontent and Rule of Law Challenges

April 23, 2020

Drawing on new data and on-the-ground research, this joint GCAL-National Democratic Institute research report reflects the views of a broad, diverse group of stakeholders in Hong Kong across the political spectrum, from academia and civil society to political parties and the government. Our research makes clear that, nearly a year after protests rocked Hong Kong, there remains an impasse between protesters and leaders in Beijing and Hong Kong.

To bring an end to the political stalemate and social unrest, this new assessment urges the Hong Kong government to immediately open negotiations with representatives from the protest movement. In order for negotiations to succeed, the government must take steps to concretely demonstrate its willingness to compromise. Simply put, the government must prove that it can respond constructively to legitimate concerns raised by different segments of Hong Kong society.