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Current Affairs (COMPULSORY) (Marks- -100)

Candidates will be expected to display such general knowledge of history, politics and International Affairs, as deemed necessary to interpret current affairs.

I. Pakistan's Domestic Affairs (20 marks)

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social


II. Pakistan's External Affairs (40 marks)

  • Pakistan’s relations with its Neighbors (India, China, Afghanistan, Russia)
  • Pakistan’s  relations  with  the  Muslim  World (Iran,  Saudi  Arabia,  Indonesia, Turkey)
  • Pakistan’s relations with the United States
  • Pakistan’s relations with Regional and International Organizations (UN, SAARC, ECO, OIC, WTO, CW)


III. Global Issues (40 marks)

  • International Security
  • International Political Economy
  • Human Rights
  • Environment: Global Warming, Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen Accord
  • Population: world population trends, world population policies
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • Global Energy Politics
  • Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Security
  • Nuclear Politics in South Asia
  • International Trade (Doha Development Round and Bali Package)
  • Cooperation and Competition in Arabian Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Millennium Development Goals, Current Status,
  • Globalization
  • Middle East Crisis
  • Kashmir Issue
  • Palestine Issue


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Suggested Readings

 

Title Author
1
Pakistan Foreign Policy 1947-2005: A Concise History, 2011 Abdul Sattar
2
Issue in Pakistanís Economy, 2010 Akbar S. Zaidi
3
Pakistan: A Hard Country, 2012 Anatol Lieven
4
Government & Politics in South Asia, 6th ed., 2009 Baxter, Malik, Kennedy & Oberst,
5
Introduction to International Political Economy, 2010 David Balaam & Bradford Dillman
6
International Organization (Second Edition) 2012 Volker Rittberger, Bernhard Zangl and Andress Kruck
7
The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times (2011) Mohamed Elbaradei
8
International Relations, 2012 Joshua Goldstein
9
World Politics: Trends & Transformation, 2011 Kegley & Blanton
10
Pakistan Beyond the Crisis, 2011 Maleeha Lodhi
11
Globalization in Question, 2009 Paul Hirst
12
International Political Economy: Interests & Institutions in the Global Economy, 2010 Thomas Oatley
13
Politics and Change in the Middle East, 10th Ed., Pearson, 2012 Andersen, Seibert, and Wagner
14
The Management of Pakistan's economy 1947 to 1982 Ahmed, V., Rashid Ahmed



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