Topic: Pakistan’s Strategic interests in South Asia and the Middle East
Pakistan, an established nuclear power faced with the challenges of the Modern Age. Policy is everything – confrontation, attack and defense. To the East, faced with religious responsibility. The Saudi-Iran rivalry that dates back to antiquity has Pakistan stuck in a perpetual state of disorientation. Pakistan’s cultural affinity with Iran on one hand while Saudi inspired interpretation of Islam that can be traced back to the very origins of this country’s guiding principles has Pakistan standing at a precipice of diplomatic catastrophe. To the West, Pakistan has to fulfill the role of the perfect mediator in bringing about a peaceful and stable Afghanistan while fulfilling its promise of safety to its own people. To the South, Pakistan is embroiled in an economic cataclysm at the cusp of the Arabian sea that could threaten the future of this friendship hailed to be higher than the mountains and deeper than the ocean. But one is forced to posit if that what meets the eye is indeed that which is implemented de jure. Our next door neighbor, India, has us on our toes from Kashmir to separatist elements within Balochistan. Can Pakistan strike a balance between its strategic and economic interests? Will Pakistan have to forsake its ulterior motives to external forces in order to ensure stability within the region? The answers to these questions are imperative for the future of Pakistan.
Can Pakistan strike a balance between its strategic and economic interests?
The LUMUN Society, 2018-2019