IPRI – Islamabad Policy Research Institute

Amna Ejaz Rafi

Ms. Amna Ejaz Rafi is an Assistant Research Officer (ARO) in Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI). She holds a Masters in Defence and Diplomatic Studies (DDS) from Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). Her masters thesis was on “India’s Quest for Security Council Membership: Ramifications for South Asia”. As a student, Ms. Rafi participated in ‘1st International Conference on Volunteerism and Millennium Development Goals; the conference was jointly conducted by National Commission for Human Development-NCHD and UN. She also attended an interaction programme with University of Nebraska, the US. Since her job, her area of interest is ‘Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia’. She has participated in conferences at home and abroad. Ms. Rafi has participated in the ‘National Media Workshop (NMW)’, held in National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. She also attended the "GANSU International Fellowship Programme", held from 15 June – 15 July 2015, in Lanzhou, China.

Economic integration — a foreign policy tool

East Asia is an economically integrated region. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which is expected to come into force in January 2022, are reflective of region’s economic integration. The regional countries’ collective drive towards economic growth has contributed towards region’s cohesion. The economic …

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India’s politics and society

THE Hindu nationalist political parties struggle towards constitutional empowerment has brought religion as a political and social factor in India. Whether, it has strengthened the country’s political culture or it has made India a Hindu democracy? India’s democracy and secular character are often cited as progressive tools. During initial years of independence, the Nehruvian policies …

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