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.

Kartarpur Corridor

Kartarpur Corridor

  “Gurcharan Singh, a 75 years old was happy to visit the Sikh temple in the Pakistani village of Kartarpur. “Pakistan and India have a “protocol on visits to Religious Shrines” signed back in 1974, the protocol allows the citizens of both countries to visit the religious sites in each others countries. The recent development […]

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Pakistan-China Relations

Pakistan-China Relations

  Pakistan and China bilateral relations established in May 1951, have progressed over the years. During the 1970s, Pakistan played the role of a facilitator in normalizing China-US relations. The US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meeting with President Zhou Enlai in Beijing was facilitated by Pakistan, which later led to the visit of President […]

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India, the attention seeker

India, the attention seeker

In June last year, the BJP government pulled out of a coalition with the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party. Afterwards, India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir was put under governor’s rule. New Delhi’s latest move to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian constitution has ended the special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The parliamentary bill to change the administrative […]

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President Widodo’s Lead in Presidential Race

President Widodo’s Lead in Presidential Race

Indonesia went for local, provincial, legislative and presidential elections on 17 April 2019. 300,000 candidates contested for 20,528 seats across 34 provinces. Nearly, 193 million people casted their vote. It is for the first time that voting on such massive scale is being done. President Joko Widodo has a lead in the presidential run-up. As […]

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Book Review – “The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest”

Book Review – “The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest”

Source The book “The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest” is written by Walter A. McDougall. McDougall is the Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous books, including the famous 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner “The Heaven and the Earth: A […]

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CPEC dividends

CPEC dividends

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Indo-Pacific reflect the emerging power dynamics globally. The BRI focus is on economics and regional connectivity. The “Indo-Pacific” strategy led by the US / and allies supports India’s larger role in Asia Pacific. Pakistan as part of CPEC is central to global developments. Pakistan and China relations irrespective […]

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Pakistan and its Villains

Pakistan and its Villains

Looking at Pakistan’s short political history, whether, it was martial law or civilian government, the country has continued to march forward, while brushing aside adversarial elements and surviving through external aggression. The critics have always been apprehensive about Pakistan Armed Forces, apparently, military’s role in politics is being judged. Pakistan had been intermittently governed by the […]

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The CPEC debate

The CPEC debate

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an economic initiative aimed at promoting trade and regional connectivity. The environment, in which CPEC will operate has opportunities, the states through the corridor will link up and fulfill the energy needs. However, there are existential challenges to the corridor, the threat of terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan and […]

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