Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities


In an unsettled global and regional environment, the outlook for Pakistan in 2021 will remain uncertain. Challenges to the security and economic wellbeing of the nation are likely to persist. Societies the world over are adrift, unmoored from values, norms, and traditions, and overtaken by a new cycle of regeneration of yet uncertain dimension.

Great power competition, demolition of order in various regions, resurgence of power politics, inability of institutions to cope with the rapidity of change and consequent loss of efficacy and faith in established systems of governance with no certain and credible alternatives in sight, have brought mankind to a new point of inflection. In the meanwhile, COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a heavy toll in terms of lives lost and severe economic repercussions.

Change offers both challenges and opportunities. What must sustain and guide the nation is a `vision’ of its future. Internal cohesion, clarity of purpose, determination, and skillful statecraft are an absolute must to Read More…..

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The Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) is a nonpartisan, independent policy research institute based in Islamabad. Our goal is to undertake in-depth analysis of challenges and choices confronting Pakistan. We aim to help policymakers and public better understand the world, region and Pakistan-specific challenges and opportunities. We make efforts to engage government, civil society, private sector, media, academia in open debates and dialogue on the most significant developments in national and international affairs. We envision contributing to policy-making through periodic policy-papers putting forward policy-recommendations developed in collaboration with experts and stakeholders in each area. IPI takes no institutional position on policy issues.


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