It is cliched to state that 2020 was an extraordinary year. The year halted the life as never before. Pandemic, a once in a century event, threw up new and unprecedented challenges for societies and leaders around the world. It tested the limits of man-made systems and their ability to respond to extraordinary crises. COVID-19 pandemic challenged the ability of policy-makers to save lives while keeping the economies running. Pakistan was no exception. The policy-makers faced stark choices when it came to dealing with serious governance, public health, political, economic, diplomatic, and security challenges. Meanwhile, despite the pandemic, regional environment remained fraught and international order experienced escalating China-US strategic competition, with its attendant consequences across the globe.

This report is an attempt to look at where Pakistan, as a collective, stands in various key areas, directly relevant to our polity. It brings together essays written by experts and former policy-makers on diverse subjects such as strategic environment, foreign policy, internal 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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