“Direct engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan is required”: Launch of PIPS Study
24 June 2016
On 22 June 2016, Pak Institute for Peace Studies launched a comprehensive study reviewing Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan, participated by well-attended audience including political leaders, civil society activists, diplomats, students, and journalists.
In early 2016, PIPS solicited commentaries from practitioner and academics in Pakistan on different aspects of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. The basic question was as to what often goes wrong in the smooth functioning of the... Read More
Pakistan in Saudi-led anti-terrorism alliance?: Background
19 December 2015
On 15 December, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a military alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh. To the surprise of Pakistan, it too was included in the alliance. Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Office later clarified that it is still looking into the details of the role of Pakistan in the alliance proposal. So, is Pakistan part of the alliance? Or, is it not?
To understand the broader politics behind, do read recent insights by... Read More
Afghan delegation brainstorms Pak-Afghan media ties at PIPS office
10 December 2015
A three-member delegation from Afghanistan visited PIPS office in Islamabad, to learn about the need and avenues of Pakistan-Afghanistan media-to-media ties.
The delegation included Mr. Abdul Farid, Mr. Sayed Najib Asil, and Mr. Reza Akbari, who worked at Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s popular television network.
The meeting noted how Pakistan and Afghanistan have many similarities. Merely because of sharing border, Afghans, in tough times, look towards Pakistan. The... Read More
German scholar Dr. Reetz argues Pakistan can benefit from changing regional dynamics
04 December 2015
A visiting German professor Dr. Dietrich Reetz argued that the world is increasingly moving from Cold War binary to a multipolar world, which will give room to geo-economics instead of geo-politics. This phenomenal change has provided a market place for competitive projects. Pakistan should adjust its interests accordingly.
Dr. Reetz expressed these views during a discussion “Pakistan between South and Central Asia: Bridge or Stumbling Block?” organized by Pak Institute for... Read More
Book touches upon the multi-dimensional relations between Pakistan and China
02 December 2015
On November 25, 2015, Pak Institute for Peace Studies co-hosted a ceremony marking book launch on China-Pakistan friendship. The book “You and Us: Stories of China and Pakistan” is a compilation of the stories of those friendship, penned by former Chinese diplomats and officials.
Speakers from both China and Pakistan appreciated the release of the book, underscoring its importance in understanding the holistic nature of friendship between the two countries.
Several pointed... Read More
Pakistan: Monitoring the Key Regional Powers (October 1 to December 16, 2014)
31 December 2014
The purpose of this series of quarterly monitoring reports (2014) is to monitor and track the actions as well as public statements of five key STAP RP regional actors (India, Iran, Russia, China, SaudiArabia) on Pakistan; the development of, and their participation in relevant international and regional discussion meetings, including the Istanbul Process, Heart of Asia, RECCA, SCO; the five key regionalactorsâ€™ economic decisions and agreements, including, but not limited to,... Read More
PaPakistan: Monitoring the Key Regional Powers (July 1 to September 30, 2014)
01 October 2014
Jointly produced by PIPS and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, famous as CIDOB, this quarterly monitoring brief (December 15, 2013 to March 31, 2014) tracks the actions as well as public statements of five key STAP RP regional actors (India, Iran, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia) on Pakistan. A part of CIDOBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s program, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the Sources of Tension (SoTs),Ã¢â‚¬Â... Read More
Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our responsibilities
01 May 2014
The lack of political will and accountability, delay in formulating education policy, insufficient education budget, declining standards and commercialization are the major obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan. The government, policymakers and politicians should focus the education sector in order to overcome the education emergency in Pakistan. This was the consensus among participants of a seminar titled “Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our... Read More