Current Affairs

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, GCC)

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

SUGGESTED READINGS

S.No. Title Author
1. Pakistan Foreign Policy 1947-2005: A Concise History, 2011 Abdul Sattar
2. Issue in Pakistan’s 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, 2014-2015 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. Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb, (2012) Feroz Khan
15. Pakistan and World Affairs Shamshad Ahmad
(Edition-2015)
16. World Times Magazine