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The Advanced Contemporary Affairs

(Book 95)
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Advisory Board
Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi
Political and Defence Analyst
Dr Farooq Hasnat
Middle East specialist
Middle East Centre Washington DC
Dr Nilofer Mehdi
Analyst Pakistan Foreign Policy
Dr Maqsud al Hasan Nuri
Analyst Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Gulf
Former President & Senior Research Fellow, Islamabad Policy Research Institute
(IPRI)
Dr A Z Hilali
Analyst South Asian Security
Dean of Contemporary Studies National Defence University, Islamabad
Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi
Vice Chancellor, Gomal University, D I Khan
Dr Muhammad Ahsan
Analyst Muslim World & International Political Economy
Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal
Analyst Nuclearization
Dr Nauman Zafar
University of Indiana, USA
Analyst Pakistan US Relations
Dr Zahid Anwer
Analyst Russia & Central Asia
Guo Xiaobing
Fellow, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing
Faiza Mir
Analyst Balochistan & Tribal Areas

CONTENTS
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Description

Part 1: Pakistans Domestic Affairs

Page

1 Jago Pakistan Wake 1


. Up, Pakistan
The Report of the
Century Foundation
International
Working Group on
Pakistan
Thomas R.
Pickering (Working
Group Chair)
2 China-Pakistan
4
. Economic Corridor 5
and the Western
Route
Mir Sherbaz Khetran
3 Another Kalabagh?
.
Sanaullah Baloch

5
4

4 The National Action


. Plan: An Overview

5
6

Tahir Ahmad & Irfan


Waqar
5 Curbing
Militancy: 6
. Regulating
0
Pakistans
Madrassas
Humaira Israr
6 Post
Operation
. Zarb-e-Azb: Security
and
Rehabilitation
Challenges
Aymen Ijaz
7 Role Or Rule? The
. Evolution of CivilMilitary Relations in
Pakistan 2014-2015
Zafar Nawaz Jaspal
8 Flaws in Pakistans
. Educational System
Hina Rehman & Dr.
Nushad Khant
9 Higher
Education
. Elevating Pakistan
Asif A. Malik

6
2

6
4

7
0
7
7

1 Annual Report 2014- 7


0 2015 (State of the 8
. Economy)
State Bank of
Pakistan

Part 2: Pakistans
External Affairs

11.

Modis Pakistan Opportunity

91
C. Raja Mohan

12.

An Aspirational New Wave of India-Pakistan Dialogue


P S Suryanarayana

92

13.

Dilemmas of Indias Pakistan policy


Khalid Iqbal

96

14.

Friendly Exchanges and People-to-People Contact between Pakistan


and India: Imperatives and Impediments
Rashid Ahmad Khan

98

15.

Encirclement of Pakistan: What awaits Pakistan under the Growing IndoAfghan Relations?
Ms. Sitwat Waqar

103

16.

The Line of Control (LoC) Trade: A Ray of Hope


Mahwish Hafeez

107

17.

Improvement in China-India Relations: Impact on Pakistan


Gulshan

116

18.

Overview of Pakistans Afghan Policy and Future Perspectives


Riaz Mohammad Khan

119

19.

Development of Chabahar Port and the Strategic Turf Wars between


Regional Rivals
Sitwat Waqar Bokhari
Emerging Dynamics in Pakistani-Saudi Relations
Safdar Sial

131

21.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistans Evolving Alliance


Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner

140

22.

Saudi Arabia forms Muslim Anti-terrorism Coalition


Al Jazeera

142

23.

Pakistans Stakes in Saudi-sponsored Coalition


Talat Masood

143

24.

Natural Allies: Turkey-Pakistan-Afghanistan


Khalid Iqbal

144

25.

The United States-Pakistan Aid Relationship: A Genuine Alliance or A


Marriage of Convenience?
Murad Ali, Glenn Banks &, Nigel Parsons

146

20.

133

Part 3: Global Issues


26.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2016


Jean-Marie Guhenno

163

27.

These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2016


Ian Bremmer

168

28.

Power and Economic Shifts in Global System


Amna Ejaz Rafi

169

29.

Saudi-Iran standoff: War or a grand bargain?


Al Jazeera

171

30.

These 5 Facts Explain the Worsening Saudi-Iran Rivalry

174

Ian Bremmer
31.

The Middle East in 2016

175
Landon Shroder

32.

What Middle East are we to Expect in 2016?

178

Eyad Abu Shakra


33.

Politics in the Middle East: The Arab Winter

179

The Economist
34.

The Emergence of Islamic State: Implications for Pakistan and


Afghanistan

184

Masood Ur Rehman Khattak, Manzoor Khan Afridi, and Husnul Amin


35.

A Strategic Shift in Indo-Pak Nuclear Strategy: Implications for Regional


Stability

191

Dr. Rizwana Abbasi


36.

Security Architecture of South Asia: A New Framework of Analysis

202

Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Misbah Arif & Sheryar Khan


37.

Maritime Chokepoints in the Indian Ocean: Significance and Potential


Threats

207

Beenish Sultan
38.

The New Geopolitics of Energy Resources: Global Energy Politics and


Supply Security

215

Stefano Casertano
39.

International Security

264
Kathleen H. Hicks

40.

International Political Economy

269

Hazzel D Wario
41.

Human Rights

272
Human Rights Watch

42.

Environment: An Introduction

287
David Ben

43.

Global Warming

294
Wikipedia

44.

Kyoto Protocol

300

45.

Copenhagen Accord

304

46.

World Population Prospects: Key Findings

307

World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision Summary and Key


Findings
Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, United
Nations
47.

World Population Policies

316

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs


48.

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

319

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs


49.

Counter Terrorism

327

50.

Expert Q&A: Palestine: The Year in Review & A Look Ahead to 2016

330

Diana Buttu & Mouin Rabbani


51.

The Jammu and Kashmir Dispute: Where Do People of Jammu and


Kashmir Stand?

332

Tooba Khurshid

Part 4: Overview of 2015


52.

Geo Politics

336
Khurram Husain

53.

Ventriloquist(s) at work?

337
Jawed Naqvi

54.

MILITARY OPERATION: Significant, but not enough


Zahid Hussain

338

55.

Tracking the Footprints: All Roads Lead to South Punjab


Nasir Jamal
PUNJAB: Consolidation Time
Asha ar Rehman

340

PML-Ns Exhilarating in-house duels


Ashaar Rahman

342

56.
57.

341

58.

SINDH: A Multi-headed Hydra


Fahim Zaman

343

59.

The Good and the Not-so-good


Dr. Noman Ahmed
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA: Irritating Micromanagement
Ismail Khan

345

61.

BALOCHISTAN: A Midterm Change


Saher Baloch

348

62.

ECONOMY: Highs and Lows

349

60.

346

Afshan Subohi
63.

WORLD AT LARGE: Doom and gloom


Muhammad Ali Siddiqi

350

64.

Islam and Islamophobia

351
Irfan Husain

65.

CHRONOLOGY: NATIONAL

352
Sabahat Kalim

66.

CHRONOLOGY: INTERNATIONAL
Syed Azhar Ali

354

67.

For Whom The Bells Tolled In 2015


Sabaht Kalim

355

68.

Nobel Prizes 2015

356

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