QAU Social Scientist Edited Book Examines Future Trajectory Of

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QAU social scientist edited book examines future trajectory of

ISLAMABAD, Jan 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) : Salma Malik, an Assistant Prof at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, has edited a new book bringing together eminent Pakistani thinkers and practitioners assessing national trajectory for the next ten years.

Titled 'Pakistan's Security Problems and Challenges in the Next Decade' the book included chapters by Dr. Syed Rifaat Hussain, former Ambassador Riaz Mohammad Khan, Brig. Naeem Ahmed Salik, Afzal Ali Shigri, Dr.

Ilhan Niaz, Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Dr. Moonis Ahmar, Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, Bilal Zubair, and Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi, said a press release issued here on Friday. Pakistan's security had been under immense pressure since the Septermber 11 attacks, which led to the advent of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, thereby exacerbating the regional security environment.

The ensuing spill over of this development into Pakistan had imposed severe strains as far as internal security was concerned.

This scenario merits a close examination of the security outlook for Pakistan in these testing times, particularly in the context of its national identity and ethos.

The impact of these strains on institutional development and the prospects for democratic stabilization was also assessed, and while the book predicted that the current government would finish its term, it was less than sanguine about the prospects of genuine performance and improvements resulting automatically from political stability.

The editor had contributed several articles and monthly columns in research journals and book chapters in publications of international repute. Her publications include small arms and the security debate in South Asia, and mapping conflict trends in Pakistan, a co-authored study published by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Funding for the book project was provided by the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad.