1st Edition

Pakistan's Foreign Policy Contemporary Developments and Dynamics

Edited By Ghulam Ali Copyright 2022
    222 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses Pakistan’s foreign policy and external relations with a focus on contemporary developments, including the impact of the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the powerful military, and the "middle power" status.

    Structured in two parts – Foundation and Operationalization – the book provides a broad overview of Pakistan’s foreign policy and addresses specific foreign policy choices. Contributor's explore issues such as Pakistan’s middle power status from a theoretical perspective, Imran Khan's foreign policy, Pakistan's relations with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the EU, and Pakistan's evolving Indian Ocean strategy. Based on in-depth interviews with Pakistani scholars, politicians, and diplomats, the book offers a timely perspective on Pakistan’s foreign policy.

    The book will be of interest to academics working on Pakistan, South Asian Politics, Security and Conflict Studies, International Relations and Foreign Policy, and Asian Studies.

    Part I


    1. Foreign Policy of Contemporary Pakistan: An Overview

    Ghulam Ali

    2. The Changing Framework of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Under Imran Khan

    Syed Ali Zia Jaffery

    3. Is Pakistan a Middle Power?

    Samee Lashari

    4. The Military and Foreign Policy in Pakistan: An Analysis

    Ejaz Hussain


    Part II


    5. China-Pakistan: A Decade of Transformation in Diplomacy, 2010-2020

    Gul-i-Hina Shahzad-van der Zwan and Rabbiya Kamal

    6. Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations: From Uncertainty and Confrontation to Optimism

    Muhammad Azam

    7. Indian Factor in Pakistan’s Policy Towards Afghanistan

    Shahzad Akhtar and Arshad Ali

    8. Geopolitics, the Thucydides Trap and the China-Pakistan-India Trilateral

    Rizwan Zeb

    9. The New Conservative Parliament in Iran and Future of Pakistan-Iran Relations

    Khurram Abbas

    10. Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Is Past the Prologue?

    Rabia Akhtar

    11. The Contours of Pakistan’s Relations with Russia

    Adeela Ahmed

    12. European Union-Pakistan Relations: A Critique of Strategic Engagement Plan

    Najimdeen Bakare


    Ghulam Ali is an Associate Professor at School of Marxism, Department of Political Science, Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, Zigong, PR China. He is the author of China– Pakistan Relations: A Historical Analysis (2017) and co-editor of Perspectives on Contemporary Pakistan Governance, Development and Environment (Routledge, 2020).