Lecture on “Shifting Global Political Dynamics and Foreign Policy Challenges for Pakistan”

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Lecture at Bahria University Islamabad
26 April 2019

Shifting Global Political Dynamics and Foreign Policy Challenges for Pakistan

World is changing rapidly:

  • Post WWII order is crumbling: Transition from uni to multi polar.
  • Change is ubiquitous: Trade, Immigration, Nationalism. Identity[1]
  • Major power competition intensifying. Rise of China, Asia Pivot, Indo Pacific Strategy,
  • Indo-US strategic partnership, Trump’s America First and Security Strategies.
  • Are China and the US destined for war. Thucydides trap.

South Asia too is impacted by the global trends:

  • US tilt towards India, a destabilizing factor for South Asia.
    • China Pakistan alignment.
    • Hidutva
    • Afghanistan. A change in US approach has kindled ray of hope.
    • Broader ME. US approach fueling Iran Saudi rivalry.

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