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Guest lecture: “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”

Guest lecture: “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”

Post-event Report Lt. Gen (R) Talat Masood visited IPRI on November 26, 2015 to deliver lecture on “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”. The lecture was delivered to IPRI scholars in IPRI’s Conference Hall. Following are the salient points of the lecture. • Pakistan has made genuine efforts to promote official level talks […]

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Social Media and Radicalisation Process

Social Media and Radicalisation Process

Scientific developments and the ease of access to various communication technologies for a wide-ranging audience beyond borders have made almost boundless prospects for broadcast and digital information. Since its inception, the internet has empowered the introduction of numerous platforms for mass communication, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other social media outlets. Not surprisingly, […]

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Pakistan’s connectivity ventures

Pakistan’s connectivity ventures

In the context of globalization, connectivity, diplomacy and trade are not stand alone activities, rather these are parts of a comprehensive concept. If the political and territorial disputes are settled then borders become a source of flow and not obstruction. Connectivity and mobility are essential contributors towards prosperity and wellbeing of the people. Pakistan is […]

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AGGRESSIVE INDIAN POSTURE

AGGRESSIVE INDIAN POSTURE

The recent policy postures of Modi government in India are contrary to the expectations of the well-wishers of South Asian region. Modi’s main agenda was to prioritize economic diplomacy to facilitate India’s economic revival. In his initial statements he promised that economic agenda would be the main driver of his foreign policy. To achieve this […]

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Pakistan’s defence budget: An analysis

Pakistan’s defence budget: An analysis

Pakistan has reluctantly upped its defence budget for 2015-16 by 11 percent. Total defence outlay is Rs700. 2 billion as compared to Rs 627.2 billion allocated in the outgoing fiscal year, showing an increase of Rs 73 billion. The actual increase in defence expenditure is about 8% or Rs 63 billion when compared to the […]

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Evolving regional dynamics

Evolving regional dynamics

A stronger Pakistan is emerging, and now it can take stock of regional dynamics from a position of enhanced confidence. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement and America’s clearance of Foreign Military Sale of Viper Attack Helicopters and Hellfire II Missiles to Pakistan have been major contributory factors to this profile. Moreover, upward trajectory in Pakistan-Russia […]

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea!

Between the devil and the deep blue sea!

When the parliament meets today, treasury benches will have a lot to answer; there is a huge gap between the Pakistani and Saudi positions regarding the ongoing role of Pakistan in Yemen crisis—positions vary between meek denial by Pakistan and total embrace by Saudi Arabia. After a little bit of fireworks, government will be able […]

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Pakistan’s Relations with European Union (EU)

Pakistan’s Relations with European Union (EU)

Introduction One-day conference on “Pakistan’s Relations with European Union (EU)” was organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on March 5, 2015 at Marriot Hotel, Islamabad. The conference comprised of one working session in addition to inaugural and concluding sessions. Four presentations were made by eminent scholars that covered themes, i.e. “Pakistan-EU Strategic Relations: Challenges […]

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