This book analyses Pakistan’s foreign policy and external relations with a focus on contemporary developments, including the impact of the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the powerful military, and the "middle power" status.

Structured in two parts – Foundation and Operationalization – the book provides a broad overview of Pakistan’s foreign policy and addresses specific foreign policy choices. Contributor's explore issues such as Pakistan’s middle power status from a theoretical perspective, Imran Khan's foreign policy, Pakistan's relations with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the EU, and Pakistan's evolving Indian Ocean strategy. Based on in-depth interviews with Pakistani scholars, politicians, and diplomats, the book offers a timely perspective on Pakistan’s foreign policy.

The book will be of interest to academics working on Pakistan, South Asian Politics, Security and Conflict Studies, International Relations and Foreign Policy, and Asian Studies.

part I|81 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Foreign Policy of Contemporary Pakistan

An Overview

chapter 3|19 pages

Is Pakistan a Middle Power?

chapter 4|19 pages

The Military and Foreign Policy in Pakistan

An Analysis

part II|125 pages


chapter 5|14 pages


A Decade of Transformation in Diplomacy, 2010–2020

chapter 6|12 pages

Afghanistan–Pakistan Relations

From Uncertainty and Confrontation to Optimism

chapter 10|22 pages

Pakistan–U.S. Relations

Is Past the Prologue?