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Following a long and distinguished diplomatic career as the former Permanent Representative to the United Nations from Pakistan, Ambassador Munir Akram is a regular columnist in Dawn on international affairs. His 40 years experience in the Foreign Service, his two terms as President of the UN Security Council, and his numerous top-level contacts with world leaders give him a unique perspective on what US policy should be for Pakistan/Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

As Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Akram has represented Pakistan in numerous United Nations bodies and international conferences, including the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Conference on Disarmament and has written and negotiated a nuclear treaty with India.

He’s sat cross legged on the floor of Mullah Omar’s tent, along with the head of Saudi Intelligence, as they tried to convince the Mullah to lead them to Osama bin Laden and he joined President Musharraf as they tried to convince General Colin Powell that the US military strategy in the region would not work. He is a prolific writer and has lectured widely on various strategic, political and economic issues.

Foreign policy agenda 2019

Pakistan should revive its traditional leadership role in the Muslim world.UPDATED ABOUT 10 HOURS AGO

Hybrid warfare

The objective may not be to secure an adversary’s immediate defeat, but to erode its morale. PUBLISHED DEC 09, 2018 07:04AM

Investing in Pakistan

Sectors and products with the greatest potential for export growth should be identified and promoted. PUBLISHED NOV 25, 2018 07:03AM

US: divided and dangerous

Trump has mastered the art of diversion through atrocious assertions and rhetoric. PUBLISHED NOV 11, 2018 07:03AM

The China agenda

There is need for more vocal Chinese support to Pakistan on its core security challenges. PUBLISHED OCT 28, 2018 07:07AM

The new Cold War

The confrontation between the US and China is likely to escalate in words and deeds. PUBLISHED OCT 14, 2018 07:23AM

Ugly face of BJP-ruled India

Modi and the BJP have failed spectacularly to improve the lives of the majority of the Indian people. PUBLISHED SEP 30, 2018 06:34AM

CPEC and the ‘Great Game’

The US has several tactical and strategic reasons to cooperate with China and support CPEC. PUBLISHED SEP 16, 2018 06:35AM

A time of hope

The presumption of integrity will enhance Pakistan’s international credentials. PUBLISHED SEP 02, 2018 06:57AM

Trump in the China shop

None of America’s exercises in coercion is likely to end well. PUBLISHED AUG 19, 2018 07:20AM

Democracy’s deficits

How ‘free’ is the ‘common’ Pakistani voter to choose qualified and honest representatives? PUBLISHED JUL 22, 2018 07:58AM

The next American war

The US will seek to exploit Iran’s economic vulnerabilities as well as ethnic and religious fissures. PUBLISHED JUL 08, 2018 07:15AM

Human rights and peace

How can the first UN report on human rights in Kashmir be utilised to alleviate the people’s suffering? UPDATED JUN 24, 2018 01:40PM

Normalising ties with India

A shift in India’s strategic posture could open the door to addressing, if not fully resolving, the major issues. PUBLISHED MAY 27, 2018 06:59AM

Confronting Iran

Pakistan’s interests may suffer in the current tensions involving the US and Iran. PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2018 07:19AM

A strategic challenge

Pakistan needs to build its responses to possible scenarios it may face in a future crisis with India. PUBLISHED APR 29, 2018 07:15AM

Complex equations

The US-India alliance is pushing Pakistan into an even greater dependence on China. UPDATED APR 15, 2018 12:55PM

Empire strikes back

There are five areas where America’s current postures could lead to disastrous consequences. PUBLISHED APR 01, 2018 06:49AM
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