Pakistan Risk

Pakistan Risk is a twice-monthly subscription web newsletter offering strategic analysis of political and security issues in Pakistan. A product of Vizier Consulting, LLC, Pakistan Risk is edited by leading Pakistan expert Arif Rafiq and features contributions from some of the top analysts in the region.


Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic guidance on Middle East and South Asian political and security issues. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, where he is conducting research on Sunni-Shia conflict in Pakistan and the reform of national security policy-making in the country.

Rafiq is a weekly columnist with Pakistan’s Express Tribune, a leading Pakistani English-language daily, and a Pakistan analyst on the nationally syndicated John Batchelor radio program. A frequent contributor to print and web publications, he writes regularly for The DiplomatForeign Policy, and The National Interest. Rafiq has also contributed to the Christian Science MonitorDaily Beast, and the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he worked for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn.

From 2011-13, Rafiq was listed by Foreign Policy as one of its top 100 foreign affairs commentators on Twitter. He received an MA in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


Vizier Consulting, LLC provides strategic guidance on Middle East and South Asian political and security issues. Its research products harness structured analytic techniques and cutting-edge, open source tradecraft to produce analysis that is accurate, clear, and textured. Based in New York, Vizier Consulting offers a range of services, including custom political risk analysis, expert training, and curriculum development.