The Asia-Pacific strategic matrix pivots on US-China interdependence, says a paper authored by Dr Zulfiqar Khan and Fouzia Amin, published in the recent issue of Policy Perspectives, said a press release issued on Thursday.
They write the emerging landscape reflects a complex state of interdependence between the US, China, and their allies, in spite of which however, the traditional nation-states would tend to search for enemies thereby pushing them to accordingly re-calibrate and re-define their national interests.
Policy Perspectives is an academic journal published by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.
Dr Nazir Hussain in his article for the journal has hinted at the likelihood of a détente between the US and Iran.
IPS Director General Khalid Rahman writes though the present dispensation in Kabul can be regarded as relatively more stable than the preceding regimes, a number of security, political and socio-economic challenges continue to persist. He suggests role of regional countries, as well as the UN – which is not in the lead until now – will be of critical significance.
Air Cdr (retd) Khalid Iqbal in his article on the crisis in Yemen has emphasised upon the strategic necessity for Pakistan of keeping balanced relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Dr Bakare Najimdeen’s article highlights issues concerning Muslims in Europe particularly in the backdrop of Charlie Hebdo saga and the article by Dr Abdul Wahab Suri explores the trajectories of discourse on Islamic fundamentalism in the Western discourse.
Moreover, Irfan Shahzad and Waqarun Nisa have deliberated upon the merits and demerits of various electricity import options that Pakistan is pursuing in their contribution for the journal.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.