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The Pakistan Horizon is the flagship journal of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) which we have published continuously since 1948. Research at the PIIA is published either in monographs or in Pakistan Horizon, the quarterly journal of the Institute. The first issue was published in March 1948. Since then, it has been published without a break; it contains articles, speeches, surveys of Pakistan’s diplomatic relations, book reviews, chronologies of important events and documents. To be sure, our journal is the oldest journal on International Relations in South Asia. Apart from adding to the learning on politics, Pakistan Horizon aims to combine rigorous analysis with a helpful approach to international issues. It thus features articles related to Pakistan’s foreign policy, regional and global issues, women’s concerns in international relations, IR theory, terrorism and security studies and emerging environmental concerns.

The contents of the latest issue, Volume 67 (Number 1 January 2014, Number 2 April 2014 and Numbers 3-4 July-October 2014),  of our journal are set out below (details of previous issues are available here). Please contact us on for more about subscription. As part of its public diplomacy programme, PIIA arranges roundtable sessions, lectures and seminars on a regular basis. These sessions have been addressed by world leaders, scholars and academics including: Presidents Ayub Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf; Prime Ministers Liaquat Ali Khan and Benazir Bhutto: Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, President Habib Bouraqiba, Prince Karim Aga Khan, Madame Sun Yat Sen, Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, Henry Kissinger, Rauf Denktash, Justice Philip C. Jessup, Lord Clement Attlee, Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir, Prime Minister SWRD Bandranaike, Professor Arnold Toynbee, Professor Andre Siegfried, Professor Y. V. Gangovsky, Michael Krepon, Walter Russell Mead, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Professor Francis Robinson CBE (see here) and the unsurpassable Rajmohan Gandhi (see here).

The full title details are:

Volume 67 Number 1, January 2014

  • Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Survey, Staff Study, p. 1
  • Transition and Opportunity: Regional Peace and the Strategic Imagination, Sherry Rehman, p. 9
  • Partition: The 67-Year Itch, Irfan Husain, p. 15
  • The Role of the US in 21st Century Pakistan-India Relations, Karamatullah K. Ghori, p. 23
  • The Indus Waters Treaty: Negotiation, Implementation, Challenges, and Future Prospects, Shafqat Kakakhel, p. 43
  • Globalization Impacting Pakistan-India Relations, Shakeel Ahmed, p. 59
  • The Role of Confidence-Building Measures in the Pakistan-India Relationship, Umair Khalil, p. 81
  • Indian Elections 2014: A View From Pakistan, Jaffer Abbas Mirza & Bilal Akhter Lashari, p. 89
  • Pakistan and the World
  • Chronology, p. 101
  • Documents, p.  115
  • Chronicle, p. 181

Volume 67 Number 2, April 2014

  • Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Survey, Staff Study, p. 1
  • The State of India’s Democracy, Rajmohan Gandhi, p. 13
  • Enhancing Danish-Pakistan Relations and Denmark in the European Union, H.E. (Danish Ambassador) Jesper Moller Sorenson, p. 27
  • Indus Waters Treaty: An Emerging Flashpoint Between India and Pakistan, Khursheed Ahmad Wani & P Moorthy, p. 41
  • Power Parity and its Outcome: A Strategic Insight on Peace Between India and Pakistan, Rizwan Naseer & Musarat Amin, p. 61
  • The Taliban: Transformation from Pashtun Nationalism to Religious Nationalism, Rashid Ahmed, p. 83
  • Revisiting the Middle East: A Case Study of Bahrain and Syria, Jaffer Abbas Mirza & Bilal Akhter Lashari, p. 101
  • Book Review, Samee-ul-Hasan, p. 111
  • Pakistan and the World
  • Chronology, p. 115
  • Documents, p. 127
  • Chronicle, p. 197

Volume 67 Numbers 3 and 4, July-October 2014

  • Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Survey, Staff Study, p. 1
  • Pakistan’s Foreign Policy, President Mamnoon Hussain, p. 9
  • Safety and Security of Pakistan’s Strategic Assets A Critical Appraisal, Zulfqar Khan, p. 15
  • Trade Routes Through Pakistan’s Western Border Countless Opportunities, Limitless Rewards, Saif Asif Khan, p. 43
  • Pakistan-India Relations 1947-1977: An Appraisal of the Role of the Federal Cabinet of Pakistan, Naumana Kiran, p. 71
  • Drone Attacks as External Intervention: Undermining or Supporting Sovereignty: The Case of Pakistan, Maria Bastos, p. 95
  • Nepal-India Water Relations: Time for Change in Approach, K. N. Adhikari, p. 113
  • Portrayal of the Muslim World in the Western Print Media Post-9/11, Deeba Shahwar, p. 133
  • Pakistan and the World
  • Chronology, p. 167
  • Documents, p. 189
  • Chronicle, p. 239

Some great scholars have contributed to our journal over the decades.

For example, U Tin Tut (said to be “the brightest Burmese officer of his generation” and the first Burmese to join the Indian Civil Service) contributed a piece, entitled The Burmese Constitution, to Pakistan Horizon’s first ever issue in 1948. The same year, prominent British businessman and ICS officer Sir Percival Joseph Griffiths contributed his marvellous exposition of Pakistan and British Business.

The following year, in 1949, the weighty scholar of Middle Eastern economics and history Charles Issawi contributed his review of Recent Books on Middle East Economics. Later, in 1951, Sutan Sjahrir, the first Prime Minister of Indonesia, contributed his piece on (the then) Current Problems in Indonesia.

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