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The Department of International Relations at the University of Karachi is the oldest Department of International Relations in Pakistan and the third oldest in South Asia. It was established in 1958 and it just has held Golden Jubilee Celebrations, to mark its 50 years of existence this year, 2008. As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Department has now decided to move one step forward and launch its own biannual research journal, namely, the Pakistan Journal of International Relations (PJIR).

The Pakistan Journal of International Relations purports to be a quality, peer reviewed journal inviting interesting and thought provoking contributions from scholars of national and international repute as well as doctoral students and researchers. The subject areas covered are as follows:

• International, Regional and Domestic Security
• Conflict Resolution and Confidence Building Measures
• Peace Studies and Peace Building
• Theories of International Relations
• Globalization
• Terrorism and Political Violence
• National Defense Policy
• Foreign Policy of South Asian Countries
• Nuclear Proliferation
• Ethnic Conflict
• Inter-state and Intra-state Warfare
• International Law and United Nations
• Human Security and Development
• Human Rights
• Environment and Gender
• Regional Cooperation and Regional Institutional Building

We, the editorial team of the Pakistan Journal of International Relations (PJIR), kindly extend an invitation to contribute articles and Book Reviews in the above-mentioned areas. All submitted research articles must be original and should not have been published nor should be under consideration for publication anywhere else. The approximate length for main articles is 8,000-10,000 words and for book reviews 700-800 words. All submitted pieces should be typed double-spaced in Times New Roman with a 12 font size.

The main articles should be accompanied with an Abstract and short introduction of the author including his/her present place of affiliation. All submitted articles will be assessed by two referees. The anonymity of the author will be maintained during the refereeing process.


All references should be typed as footnotes with a bibliography at the end. Citations should confirm to the following examples:

  1. Fred Halliday, Rethinking International Relations (Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 1994), p. 177.
  2. John Garnett, “The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace,” in James Baylis et al. (eds.), Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies (London: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 67.
  3. Robert W. White and Terry Falkenberg White, 'Repression and the Liberal State: The Case of Northern Ireland, 1969-1972', The Journal of Conflict Resolution Vol.
  4. 39, No. 2. (June 1995), p. 330.
  5. Ibid., p. 55.


The editorial team of the journal comprises the following faculty members of the Department of International Relations, University of Karachi:

Editor in Chief
Prof. Dr. Shaista Tabassum, Chairperson, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. E. Mail: shaista@rocketmail.com

Dr. Naeem Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. E. Mail: naeemifti@yahoo.com
Farhan Hanif Siddiqi, Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. E. Mail: Farhan_74@hotmail.com

Book Reviews Editor
Nausheen Wasi, Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. E. Mail: nausheenwasi1@hotmail.com


The Advisory Editorial Board comprises the following:

  1. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, Security and Defense Analyst.
  2. Prof. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  3. Prof. Dr. Tahir Amin, Chairman, Department of International Relations, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
  4. Shaheen Akhtar, Senior Research Analyst, The Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad.
  5. Prof. Dr. Stephen P. Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, United States.
  6. Dr. Eric Gonsalves, former Ambassador of India to the European Community and former Secretary to the Government of India.
  7. Dr. Mussarat Jabeen, Associate Professor & Chairperson, Department of International Relations, University of Balochistan, Quetta.
  8. Prof. Dr. Amal Jawardene, Dean of Arts and Professor International Relations, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  9. Prof. Dr. Iftekhar H. Malik, Bath College, Oxford, U.K.
  10. Dinshaw Mistry, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & Director, Asian Studies University of Cincinnati.
  11. Dr. Eva Maria Nag, editor LSE based journal Global Policy.
  12. Rasul Bux Rais, Professor of Political Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
  13. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Provost, University of Virginia, United States.
  14. Erik Ringmar, Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
  15. Prof. Dr. P. Sahadevan, Chair, South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
  16. Prof. Dr. Mehtab Ali Shah, Department of International Relations, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
  17. Dr. David Taylor, former Vice-Provost, Agha Khan University, Karachi and an expert on International Relations now based in London.
  18. Prof. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, Scholar-in-Residence, Middle East Institute, Washington DC, United States.


Manuscripts can be either sent to the following address by March 31, 2009:

Department of International Relations
University of Karachi
Pakistan. Email: editorialteampjir@yahoo.com


Thanking You,
Yours Sincerely,

(The Editorial Team)
Pakistan Journal of International Relations
Department of International Relations
University of Karachi.




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