Lecture on “Pakistan’s role in the region”

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Lecture at Foreign Service Academy Islamabad
22 October 2019

World is changing rapidly:

  • Post WWII order is crumbling: Transition from uni to multi polar.
    • Change is ubiquitous: Trade, Immigration, Nationalism. Identity
    • Major power competition intensifying. Rise of China, Asia Pivot, Indo Pacific Strategy, Indo-US strategic partnership, Trump’s America First and Security Strategies.

South Asia too is impacted by the global trends:

  • US tilt towards India, Modi emboldened to take hardline on Kashmir and minorities. Hindutva.
    • China Pakistan alignment.
    • Afghanistan. A change in US approach has kindled ray of hope.
  • Broader ME. US approach fueling Iran Saudi rivalry.