Central Asia

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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CPEC as a Mean to Regional Connectivity

CPEC as a Mean to Regional Connectivity

ONE of the major factors behind Asia’s economic rise has been its commitment to investment in infrastructure and regional connectivity which has facilitated its international trade and foreign direct investment. In order to maintain this positive trend in the coming decades, countries in Asia need to continue to strengthen regional connectivity and integration, particularly through […]

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Post Event Report of the Lecture on “Pakistan’s Relations with Central Asia: Prospects and Challenges”

Post Event Report of the Lecture on “Pakistan’s Relations with Central Asia: Prospects and Challenges”

Organised by: Islamabad Policy Research Institute, (IPRI) Date and Venue:  May 17, 2017, at IPRI Conference Hall, Islamabad Guest Speaker: Professor Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi, Founder & President, Society of Asian civilizations, Pakistan Salient Features: At the time of Central Asian Republics’ (CARs) independence in 1991, Pakistan was among the first countries, which extended recognition […]

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Completion of CPEC: Impact on Pakistan’s Strategic Position and Economy

Completion of CPEC: Impact on Pakistan’s Strategic Position and Economy

Introduction An IPRI Review meeting on “Completion of CPEC: Impact on Pakistan’s Strategic Position and Economy” was held at IPRI conference hall on April 26, 2016. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking Gwadar to China’s Western city of Kashgar was viewed optimistically. It was reiterated that CPEC would generate economic activity, open vistas and opportunities for […]

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Afghan Peace Talks

Afghan Peace Talks

The recently held Afghan peace talks, in which senior officials from the Afghan government, Pakistan, China and the US participated called for restoration of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Whether, the talks would yield positive result or like the past would fail and would further antagonize the Taliban, is yet to […]

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SCO AND REGIONAL SECURITY

SCO AND REGIONAL SECURITY

As a confidence-building mechanism to resolve border disputes, the foundation of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan was laid down. The decision to create SCO was made 14 years ago. Today, SCO has emerged as an important regional organization which has the capacity to guarantee regional security and peace. […]

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Pakistan’s Strategic Significance as a Future Energy Corridor for India

Pakistan’s Strategic Significance as a Future Energy Corridor for India

Some strategic thinkers and policy makers in South Asia and beyond still believe that Pakistan-India relations are a one sided game and it is Pakistan that should be more serious in improving its relations with India even on Indian terms. This strategic misperception has been further strengthened in the post cold war and post 9/11 […]

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Indian Engagement in Afghanistan

Indian Engagement in Afghanistan

Though Indo-Afghan relations dates back to the period of Afghan dynasties that ruled India for centuries, yet in the post 9/11era, India has emerged as a dominant player in the power equation of Afghanistan. During last decade, it has been projecting its soft power image by providing Afghan government with $2 billion in aid and […]

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