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The public diplomacy challenge

In my last piece published in this space (‘Scrambling for influence’, July 31), I spoke of the need for engaging in the battle of ideas as an expression of the…

Upgrading our diplomacy

I have returned to Islamabad after attending the International Conference on 'Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities', held at Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. The government…

Education diplomacy

Foreign troops are pulling out of Afghanistan, putting the country back in the headlines. On Pakistani mainstream media a category of ‘defence analysts’, who had been hiding under rocks for…

Economic diplomacy

AFTER China opened up a vast landscape of economic cooperation with Pakistan, global political influences seem to be overshadowing the country’s attempted transition towards a new framework of economic diplomacy.…

Parliamentary diplomacy

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser’s conduct of parliamentary diplomacy through the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Afghanistan presents an interesting case study. To put things into context, it is useful to…

Modern economic diplomacy

The global economic order is shifting, driven principally by the rise of emerging powers, changing structure of power and parameters of international system, distinctive diplomatic approaches and increasing involvement of…

A test of our economic diplomacy

China Pakistan Economic Corridor is essential part of OBOR and serves as a showcase given best relations enjoyed by two countries. Funding of 62B$ is by far the highest for…

Battle of diplomacy

Soft power is the best repellant for war and conflict. As they say prevention is better than cure, similarly diplomacy is better than enmity. We are living in turbulent times…

The Art Of Diplomacy

The art of diplomacy

Among Muslim countries, Turkey and Malaysia have achieved the kind of economic success that would be the envy of all others. They have set standards and benchmarks for all other…