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AFFAIRS LECTURES OUTLINES


21st 23rd August: Terrorism in Pakistan
DimensionsofterrorisminPakistan o Sectarian o Political,MafiaTerrorism o Antistate,transnationalist,politicoreligiousterrorism o Antistate,nationalist,separatistTerrorism(BaluchistanIssue) Historicalbackground Currentsituation(Attacks,Intensity,deathtolletc.) Genericcauses Consequences TacklingTerrorism:AcomprehensiveCounterTerrorismStrategy

27th August: Energy Crisis in Pakistan


EnergyinPakistan:AHistoricalnarrative EnergyprofileofPakistan EnergySectorHierarchy o MinistryofEnergyandpetroleum,WAPDA,KESC,NEPRA,PEPCO,DISCOs,GENCOs, CPPA Causesofthecrisis Consequences Solutions o variousongoingprojects: Thermal,Hydel,Wind,Solar o EnergyImportfromneighboringcountriesetc. TAPI,CASA1000,IPPipeline,ElectricityimportfromIndiaandIran

28th August: Water Crisis in Pakistan:


WaterCrisisinPakistanAnintro ProvingPakistanasacountrysufferingfromwatercrisis BriefWaterprofileofPakistan o Watersources o Reservoirs o WaterConsumption CausesofwatercrisisinPakistan IndusWatertreaty,EasternandWesternriversandtheirorigin IndianHegemonicdesignsintheregion o IndianprojectsonNeelum,Indus,Chenab,Jehlum DireconsequencesforPakistan o Strategic

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o SocioPolitical o Economic Suggestionsforratchetingdownthetension

29th 30th August: The Great Game:


TheRussoBritishgreatgame AsocioculturalhistoryofCentralAsianRepublics Thecoldwar PostIndependenceturmoilinCARs,anditscauses(InternalandExternal) SignificanceofCARs o Geostrategicsignificance o Economicpotential o Energypotential TheNewGreatGameandKeyplayers(USA,China,Russia,India,Pakistan,EU,Iran,Turkey, Afghanistan) InterestsofeveryplayerintheregionwithspecialfocusonPakistan.

2nd 3rd September: Economic Crisis in Pakistan:


EconomicHistoryofPakistan Currentstateofaffairs 201314'sbudget 201213'smacroeconomicindicatorsandcomparisonwith201112 Socialindicators Genericcausesofeconomiccrisis Solutions

4th September: Discussion on two analytical assignment questions


Q1- Terrorism has single handedly derailed Pakistan from the path of progress. Elaborate. How can a dynamic foreign policy extricate Pakistan from this problem? Q2- Stability in Central Asian States is imperative for the socio-economic wellbeing of Pakistan. Discuss.

5th and 9th September: Climate Change


Definitionoftheterm Theconcept,dynamicsandthemechanicsofclimatechange TheDominoEffectinclimatechange CausesofClimateChange o ManMadeCauses

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o NaturalCauses Consequencesofclimatechange,withspecialreferencetoPakistan o Environmentalconsequences o Economicconsequences o Socialconsequences o Politicalconsequences ClimateChange:AmythoraReality? o Quotationsfrombothcamps Initiativesontheglobalscaletocounterthischallenge o TheIPCC o UNFCCC COPs KyotoProtocol:HistoryandFuture RecentCOPs(DurbanandDoha) o G8ClimateChangeRoundtables o EuropeanUnionEmissionTradingScheme o OECDCountriesemissiontaxationscheme Mitigationofthethreatsposedbyclimatechange

Pakistan:Oneofthemostvulnerableregions
o RankingonvariousindicestoprovethatthreattoPakistanisreal Pakistan:bearingthebruntofanissuenotofherownmaking FactorswhichmakePakistanmorevulnerabletothisthreat Governmentandprivatesectorinitiativestomitigatethethreat o Environmentalprotectionact o Taskforceonclimatechange o Nationalclimatechangestrategy o UNDPSponsoredprojects

10th September: Global War on Terrorism: An Introduction


Introduction o Theterm o 9/11 AbriefhistoryofterrorismsinceTheRomanEra BackgroundofGlobalWarOnTerror o RussoAfghanWar o BirthofAlQaida o USConsulateBombings o AmericanOperations Partiesinwaronterror o SupportbyEuropeancountries o NATOinvokesarticles5,formationofISAF AmericanObjectivesintheWar USAsAntiterrorinitiativesathome

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o Increasingbudget o Settingupvigilanteorganizations OperationslaunchedundertheGlobalWaronTerror o OperationActiveendeavor o OperationEnduringFreedomAfghanistan o Variousotheroperations,aroundtheglobe AnanalysisofOperationIraqiFreedom o Costs o BenefitsandFailures TerroristOrganizationsaroundtheglobeandthenexuswithALQaeda Anincreaseinterroristactivitiesaroundtheglobe,inthewakeofWarOnterror o SomenoticeableincidentsandAlQaidaplots USAsappetiteforWars:Mythorreality?Ananalysis o USAshawkishforeignpolicy o Themilitaryindustrialcomplex WOTandstrainonAmericaneconomy

11th September: Global WOT & Pakistan + War in Afghanistan


PakistanjoinstheWOT o MusharrafsspeechinUNGeneralAssembly WhywasPakistansallegianceimperativeforAmericainWOT?Ananalysis SupportpledgedandprovidedbyPakistantoAmericaandISAF o PakistanGroundLinesofCommunication(PAKGLOCs) o AirSupport o NavalSupport o TroopDeployment o WOTinAfghanistan:OperationEnduringFreedom Afghanistan:Abriefhistory o TheRussoBritainGreatgame o RussoAfghanWar o AmericanInvasion CostofAfghanWar o Financialcosts o DeathsofISAFandAmericanforces IssuesbeingfacedbyUSAinAfghanistan:USAindirestraits CounterProductivepoliciesofISAFandUSA AmericandrawdownfromAfghanistan:Theplan ProspectiveSecurityArrangementsbetweenUSAandAfghanistan PAKGLOCs:AnoverviewofAmericaslogisticcumstrategicconstraints ComparisonofPAKGLOCswithNDN PakistanslogisticsupportisimperativeforUSAsfacesavingwithdrawal:Ananalysis

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TheAfghanistanEndGame
o o Partiesandtheirinterests Prospectivesolutions

12th September: The Drone Warfare


DroneAttacks:Anintroduction Countrieswheredronesoperate/haveoperated Droneattacksandresultingdeathtoll Whyaredronesbeingemployed Droneattacks:Productiveornot?Ananalysis IssueofLegalityofdroneattacks,undervariousinternationalanddomesticlaws o ILOAC o USAsAUMF o UNCharter

Analytical question of the week: Global war on terrorism has only served to fracture the intercivilization fault lines. Discuss.

16th, 17th, 18th September: Shift of Power/Decline of USA/from unipolar to a bipolar world
Ahistoryofsuperpowers o Variouscivilizationsaroundtheglobe Ancient:Sumerians,Akkadians,Greeks,Romansetc DarkAgesofEurope:Franks,GermanicKingdoms,TheChurchetc RiseofIslam:Ummayads,Abbasids,OttomanTurksetc ModernEra:Enlightenment,Revolutions,Nationalism BirthofUSA ThecurrentdeclineofUSA:Somestats USA:Anirrelevantsuperpower,ananalysis USAsinterestsincontemporaryworld:NewWorldorder TheRiseofChina:Somestats,reports,andquotations AbriefpoliticoeconomichistoryofChina

ChinasinterestsintheModernWorld:PeacefulCoexistence Chinassoftpower:Ananalysis Chinasgrowingmilitarymight


Americareciprocates:CounteringChinasgrowingclout o AmericasPivottoAsia:Dimensionsofthepivot

RiseofAsiaasawhole:TheAsiancentury
Otheremergingblocsandeconomies

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BRICs N11

19th September: The Great Recession/Global Economic Crisis

Thegenesisofthecrisis o Americanfinancialcrisisof200708 Burstingofthehousingmortgageandcreditbubble Lowinterestrates Poorregulation Unemploymentcrisis o NatureoftheAmericanfinancialcrisis EuropesSovereignDebtCrisis o ThePIIGS o Natureofthecrisis o AthreattotheintegrationofEurozone SlowingdownofAsia FutureprospectsasperIMFsglobaloutlook o Americasslowrecovery o ModerationoftheEuropeancrisis o Asiangrowthpickingup st 21 Century:TheAsiancentury? Economiccrisisandprotestsaroundtheglobe o OccupyWallStreetMovement o SpanishIndignantsMovement(TaketheSquareMovement) o Globalprotestson15thOct2011

Analytical question of the week: The uni polar world has failed to address the burning issues of the day. Discuss. What new global order do you favour, if any? Reason critically.

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