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Pakistan and Its Neighbors:
A special issue of Policy Perspectives
Vol. 14, No. 1    

Editor:   Khalid Rahman

Pages: 130

Pakistan and Its Neighbors – the peer-reviewed flagship journal of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad – is now on offer from Pluto Journals and JSTOR.

IPS has been pursuing the theme ‘Pakistan and Its Neighbors’ for past several years. The Editors consider the wide-ranging bilateral, regional and global significance of the subject and its emerging dynamics, the Institute has now published its work on the topic in a single, comprehensive volume.

This issue takes a holistic view of all of Pakistan’s four land neighbors, the lone maritime neighbor, as well as its association with regional cooperation organizations.

The first article ‘Pakistan and China: Partnership, Prospects and the Course Ahead’ covers the span of over six decades of persistent cordiality between Pakistan and China, and the recently added impetus to this relationship with the advent of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and the extraordinary prospects brought forth with it.

The second article ‘Pakistan-India Equation: Determinants, Dynamics and the Outlook’ reiterates the need of a sustainable conflict resolution mechanism between Pakistan and India, assisted by third party mediation, in order to restrain the region from an arm race and the threat of nuclear war, as well as to ensure a prosperous and peaceful future for South Asia.

The third piece ‘Pak-Afghan Ties: Evolution, Challenges and the Way Forward’ summarizes the profile of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, identifies the challenges, envisages the prospects and proposes ways for narrowing the gap between existing and desired format of relationship.

The piece ‘Pak-Iran Relations: Evolving Dynamics, Prospects and Approaches’ juxtaposes Pakistan-Iran relations in the changing regional balance of power from two angles: i) history of the bilateral relations, ii) present issues and concerns. It also makes plausible policy recommendations for strengthening the bilateral ties in the future.

‘The Maritime Neighbor: Pakistan’s Relations with Oman’ looks into the relationship of the neighbors connected through Arabian Sea rather than the land. The piece suggests that though Pak-Oman relations have generally remained cordial, they remain short of being as robust as the potential suggests, and should be cemented further by devising joint strategies.

The final piece ‘Pakistan and Regional Cooperation Organizations: Towards a Futuristic Approach’ studies Pakistan’s association with Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), stressing the need that the inter-organization cooperation and sub-regional initiatives should be further explored and fostered.

It may be mentioned that Policy Perspectives is co-published internationally with UK-based Pluto Journals and is also made available online via JSTOR, Factiva and allied databases. It is recognized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in ‘Y’ category. It is aso abstracted/indexed by International Political Science Association (IPSA) in its database published by EBSCO and OVID websites and in print by Sage.


Editor’s Note

Pakistan and China: Partnership, Prospects and the Course Ahead

Rashida Hameed

Pakistan-India Equation: Determinants, Dynamics and the Outlook


Pak-Afghan Ties: Evolution, Challenges and the Way Forward


Pak-Iran Relations: Evolving Dynamics, Prospects and Approaches

Kulsoom Belal

The Maritime Neighbor: Pakistan’s Relations with Oman – A Review

Fatima Habib

Pakistan and Regional Cooperation Organizations Towards a Futuristic Approach

Irfan Shahzad

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