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The Advanced Contemporary Affairs

(Book 88)
ISBN 978-969-588-291-4
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2nd Issue, 2014
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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





C O N T E N T S
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11. Sino-US Relations: Partnership, Coevolution, or Competition?
Aarish U. Khan
45
12. New Great Game and Limits of American Power
Air Cdre. (R) Naveed Khaliq Ansaree
51
13. The New Great Game: A Strategic Analysis
Khalil-ur-Rehman
63
PART ONE
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
1.
2014 Crimean Crisis: Background Information
Wikipedia
1
2. 5 Things You Should Know About Putins Incursion into Crimea
Forbes
5
3. The Russian Quest for Warm Water Ports
Global Security Organisation
8
4. The Likely Impact of the Ukraine Crisis
Malik Muhammad Ashraf
10
5. Ukraine; Spheres of Influence, State Sovereignty and Non-
Intervention
Politact Analysis
11
6. The Ukraine/Crimea Crisis: Ramifications for the Middle East
Yossi Alpher
13
7. Russia, Ukraine, and the Testing of American Hegemony
Robert W. Murray and Luke M. Herrington
17
8. Historical Perspective of Pakistan USA Relations; Lessons for
Pakistan
Umbreen Javaid & Imrana Mushtaq
21
9. Challenges and Opportunities for Pak-China Security Environment
in the Perspective of United States India Strategic Partnership
Iram Khalid and S. Shahbaz Hussain
33
10. Higher than the Himalayas or Rockier than the Rockies? A
Comparison of Sino-Pak and Pak-US Relations
Qandeel Siddique
42
14. Geneva Deal: Beginning of a New Era between Iran-Us Relations
Muhammad Saleem Mazhar & Naheed S. Goraya
75
15. Boao Conference China: Showcasing Pakistans Interest
Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi
86
16. The Syrian Civil War: Political and Military State of Play
Charles Lister and William McCants
87
17. The Syria Conflict and Its Impact on Pakistan
Qandeel Siddique
92
18. Prospects of India-Pakistan Relations
Muhammad Munir
100
19. Trade Liberalization between India and Pakistan: Focusing Direct
and Indirect Barriers
Syed Imran Sardar
106
20. The Kashmir Dispute: Key to South Asian Peace
Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema
117
21. Water Scarcity in South Asia: A Potential Conflict of Future Decades
Iram Khalid; Asia Mukhtar & Zanib Ahmed
127
22. India and China in the Indian Ocean: A Complex Interplay of
Geopolitics
Sidra Tariq
138
23. South Asian Stability-Instability Paradox: Another Perspective
Dr. Adil Sultan
153
24. Emerging Trends in Geo-politics of Asia Pacific Region
Muhammad Shafiq
162
25. Chinas Engagement with Regionalization in South and Southeast
Asia: A Comparative Perspective
Vasiliki Papatheologou, Rizwan Naseer & Musarat Amin
172
26. India-Afghanistan Strategic Relations: Implications for Pakistan
Saman Zulfqar
178
27. The Changing Character of the Durand Line
Amina Khan and Christian Wagner
183
PART TWO
ASIAN AFFAIRS
28. Stabilizing Afghanistan: Agenda 2015
Attar Rabbani
190
29. Pakistan as Trade and Energy Corridor vis--vis SCO
Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan
195
30. Prospects of Pakistan-Central Asia Economic Relations
Umbreen Javaid and Naheeda Naseem
205
31. Strengthening Pakistan-Turkey Ties: Social Dimension
Maria Syed
210
PART THREE
PAKISTAN AFFAIRS
32. Ethnic Politics: An Issue to National Integration (The Case of
Pakistan)
Rehana Saeed Hashmi
216
33. Challenges and Options for Pakistani Media in the 21st Century
Abida Eijaz; Bushra Hameedur Rahman: Rana Eijaz Ahmad &
Jawad Ashraf Butt
226
34. Musharraf on Trial: A Preliminary Critique of the Law of High
Treason
Syed Sami Raza
233
35. Pakistans Civil-Military Relations General Unease
The Economist
248
36. The Search for Common Ground: CivilMilitary Relations in
Pakistan
Lauren Greenwood and Gowthaman Balachandran
249
37. Impact of Terrorism on Pakistan
Nadia Mushtaq Abbasi
261
38. Genesis of Militancy in Pakistan
Maryam Azam
279
39. Tackling the Emerging Middle East; Managing Saudi and Irani
Influences
Politact
290
40. Karachi: Through Transitions and Transformations
Ali Arqam
293
41. Balochistan (From Strategic Significance to US Involvement)
Muhammad Saleem Mazhar; Umbreen Javaid and Naheed S.
Goraya
302
42. Peace Talks with Taliban: Expectations, Realities and Way Forward
Attiq-ur-Rehman
311
43. Pakistans Energy Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Possible
Remedies
Safiya Aftab
316
44. Pakistan Selling Family Silver: Hard Times Make Privatisation
Necessary
Sajjad Ashraf
320
45. What is Pushing Tax Reform in Pakistan?
Safiya Aftab
322