Pakistan's Foreign Policy,1947- 2005: A Concise History

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - History - 329 pages
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A history of the country's international relations from 1947-2005, Pakistan's Foreign Policy is a narrative of events and a recapitulation of fateful turning points. Aiming to provide objective background to policy decisions, the book also presents assessment of their costs and benefits. By no means an attempt to flaunt a 20-20 hindsight, its principal purpose is to provide insights into constraints and considerations that motivated policies, as perceived at the time and articulated by the decision makers on and off the record.

The author, with forty years of experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brings to the book knowledge gained from available records and by osmosis from senior colleagues and then as an analyst, contributor and participant in policy decisions. As Foreign Minister he was associated with the reappraisal following 9/11, as Foreign Secretary with the decision to conclude the Geneva Accords in 1988 that provided a fig leaf to the Soviet Union for honorable withdrawal from Afghanistan, and as member of the negotiating group at the Shimla Conference of 1972. Both as a senior official and a two-term Ambassador in New Delhi he participated in efforts for normalization of relations with India.

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Crowning a thirty-nine year career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Sattar was twice Foreign Minister of Pakistan, first, during the interim government of Mr Moin Qureshi in 1993, and again, from 1993 to 2000. Prior to this he was Foreign Secretary from 1986-88. Previous postings included those of Ambassador to India and Representative to the IAEA in Vienna. As a Distinguished Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, he wrote research papers titled Reducing Nuclear Dangers in South Asia and Shimla Pact: Negotiating Under Duress , that were published in national and international journals/newspapers. He also contributed a chapter on Pakistan s foreign policy to Pakistan in Perspective 1947-1997 published by OUP on the fiftieth anniversary of Pakistan.A veteran of the diplomatic service, Abdul Sattar is currently a writer and commentator on topical international and domestic issues with a weekly column in the Pakistan Observer.

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