Pakistan’s Foreign Policy In Transition: Driving Factors And Emerging Trends

Key Points:

  • Pakistan needs to proactively devise mechanisms to gear up with the transforming international political order.
  • A foreign policy with an exemption of even one great power may lead the state back to the Cold War dynamics. Pakistan might find itself walking the tightrope between its geo-strategic interests with the U.S. against its geo-economic interests with China.
  • Pakistan’s future partnership with any of the great powers must not compromise its strategic autonomy.
  • Pakistan’s foreign policy outlook on international forums has remained rather coherent since the new government has assumed office. With the addition of a strategic division in the Foreign Office, and the affiliation of a leading academician as Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on National Security, Pakistan’s narrative has been heard internationally very effectively.
  • Pakistan has seen a significant increase in its “diplomatic influence” in Asia as well as an improvement of ties with its western neighbour.
Maryam Raashed

Maryam Raashed

Maryam Raashed is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research. She is a graduate of International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad.

Rida Anwar

Rida Anwar

Rida Anwar is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research. She has studied International Relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad.

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