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Foreign policy agenda 2019

UNLIKE its daunting domestic objectives, Pakistan’s external agenda, though challenging, is fairly clear. And, although overstretched, Islama­bad has the capacity in its Foreign Service and the ‘security establishment’ to address…

No Space For Foreign Policy

No space for foreign policy

Neither the election campaigns nor the manifestos of major political parties have mentioned anything concrete about the country’s foreign policy. The PML-N was bitten badly for eating from that tree…

Is Foreign Policy Possible?

Is foreign policy possible?

The writer is a former ambassador to the US, India and China and head of UN missions in Iraq and Sudan.  The comprehensively corrupt and heartless governance of the recent…

Putting The Foreign Policy In Order

Putting the foreign policy in order

A little more than a year ago, while addressing the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Xi termed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)…

Reviewing Foreign Policy

Reviewing foreign policy

As the newly elected government assumes the reins of power, it is an appropriate moment to review our foreign policy, covering both its making and its execution. Some pointers regarding…

Reviewing Foreign Policy

Reviewing foreign policy

We have spent far too long establishing our ‘influence’ in the unfortunate country that is Afghanistan; the country has been suffering from civil war conditions for decades. Our policy towards…

A Considerate Foreign Policy

A considerate foreign policy

The US president’s latest ‘lies and deceit’ tweet has quite expectedly become the foremost topic of discussion among Pakistanis. As is apparent from the highly undiplomatic wording of the message,…

A Pragmatic Foreign Policy

A pragmatic foreign policy

Pakistan has decided to opt for a paradigm shift in its foreign policy. It has also for the first time wisely used its strategic location for deriving long-term economic benefits…

Foreign Policy Imperatives

Foreign policy imperatives

Pakistan has lacked a pragmatic and well-articulated foreign policy since 2008. What is more worrying is that the PML-N led incumbent democratic dispensation displayed an outright reluctance to appoint a…

Foreign Policy: Finding The Right Balance

Foreign policy: finding the right balance

Pakistan has continually strived for a balanced foreign policy that looks to keep the objectives of Pakistan as well as the region in perspective. Pakistan realizes its strategic worth as…