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

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