Seven Decades of Publishing

As stated in earlier posts, PIIA is hosting a conference to mark the occasion of our seventieth anniversary as an independent foreign affairs institution.

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. Notably, our respected 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 Volume 70 (Number 2 April 2017) 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).

Volume 70 (Number 2 April 2017) contains the following analyses and articles:

  • 70 Years of Publication by Masuma Hasan
  • Pakistan: Origins and Relations with India by K. Sarwar Hasan
  • Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities by Sartaj Aziz (see here)
  • The Legacy of Barack Obama by Karamatullah Khan Ghori (see here)
  • First World War: Army Logistics in India and Arms Dumping Scare in Karachi by Aftab Nabi
  • Cuban Foreign Policy under Castro by Samina Ahmed
  • Foundations of Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme by Rajkumar Singh
  • Nuclear Security Summit 2016: A Perspective from Pakistan by Muhammad Khurshid Khan
  • American Academia Iran and Pakistan by Adam Weinstein

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.

PIIA is hosting a conference to mark the occasion of our seventieth anniversary as an independent foreign affairs institution and we shall be inviting eminent scholars to debate the issues presently confronting Pakistan as a nation state.

If you would like to contribute to our journal or are interested in a subscription, please email

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