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> Why Pakistan is the key to Britain's South Asian renaissance

By Jack Goodman.

Pakistan receives more British aid than any other country. The Department for International Development (DfID) estimates that Pakistan will receive £350million annually by 2015. But a relationship underpinned by development aid for security has changed.

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> FPC Briefing: Climate change cooperation within the Global South: Finance, policy and institutions

By Stephen Minas.

FPC Research Associate Stephen Minas analyses the growing and dynamic area of climate change cooperation in the Global South. His briefing looks at the role of the BRICS and a growing range of other regional groupings that are sharing policy best practice, creating innovative finance arrangements and developing new institutions to tackle the challenges of climate change.

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> FPC Briefing: Carpe Diem- India's 2014 General Elections and the BJP-led NDA

By Dr Chris Ogden .

FPC Senior Research Associate Dr Chris Ogden analyses what a possible victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming April/May 2014 Indian Parliamentary elections would mean for India. He examines the implications of a new BJP- led coalition (or outright majority) on India's domestic and foreign policy, building on the experience of its past coalition from 1998-2004.

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> Voting for the Veto: India in a reformed UN

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Shairi Mathur

September 2005

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The case for India's permanent seat in the Security Council is as compelling as it is simple. India is the world's largest democracy, soon to be the world's most populous country, and home to over 15 per cent of the world's population; it possesses nuclear weapons and strategic missiles; it has at various times taken a global leadership role, not least in its co-founding of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1955; and as an early champion of the concept of 'peaceful co-existence' between the communist bloc and the free world, India has been a leading advocate of 'peaceful' foreign policies and non-aggression. In 2005, the World Bank ranked India as having the fourth biggest GDP in the world (in terms of purchasing power parity), and tenth biggest (in terms of the conventional GDP measure). India has taken part in more than 30 UN peacekeeping operations. By any sensible measure of 'equity', the reform of the Security Council in 2005 should result in India's elevation to the Security Council with the same powers as China and the USA.

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> India as a New Global Leader

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Prasenjit K. Basu, Brahma Chellaney, Parag Khanna, Sunil Khilani


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In 30 years India's economy could be larger than all but those of the US and China. In this collection of essays, with a preface by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Kamalesh Sharma, four leading thinkers on India explore how it can carve out a world role that best serves its goals and interests.

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> Hostage taking, piracy and ransom payments: ethical dilemmas and practical challenges

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2013


Venue: Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a Westminster Seminar, with the kind support of Control Risks, that will discuss some of the key issues in the debate around hostage taking, piracy and the payment of ransoms. The event will enable a wide ranging debate around the public policy response to these issues in the wake of the recent report of the UK-led International Task Force, and earlier Foreign Affairs Select Committee and House of Lords reports.

The event aims to examine the current situation around the world in relation to the taking of hostages. The event will explore the economic, security, political and social factors that drive hostage taking. It will also discuss the mechanisms of hostage negotiation and ransom payment, while debating the feasibility of alternatives to such payments; looking at both ethical and practical issues. Participants would examine the issue of hostage taking by terrorist groups and links between those involved in piracy,extremist political movements and international terrorism.


  • Alistair Burt MP, Foreign Office Minister responsible for the International Piracy Ransoms Taskforce
  • Richard Fenning , Chief Executive Officer, Control Risks
  • Judith and Oliver Tebbutt
  • Dr Anja Shortland, Reader in Economics, Brunel University

Chair: Con Coughlin, Associate Editor, Daily Telegraph

The event is free and open to all but will operate under the Chatham House Rule.

Please RSVP to

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> Pakistan: Perception and reality

60 years of Pakistan's Independence

Wednesday 18 April, 2007

You can now watch a recording of this seminar on 18 Doughty Street TV.

Time: 2.45pm for a 3pm start. The event will finish by 5pm.


Mr. Inam ul Haque, Chairman, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs)

Sadiq Khan MP

Professor Ian Talbot, University of Southampton

Madeleine Moon MP

Maria Sultan, Director, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute

Chair: Stephen Twigg


The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

House of Parliament

London SW1A 0AA

(Access via Portcullis House reception, Bridge Street)

About this event

This year, Pakistan is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Independence. In its national journey, Pakistan has braved a number of challenges on both internal and external fronts. The last seven years have been of particular importance. Pakistan has experienced an economic turnaround. It is also a frontline state in the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism. President General Pervez Musharraf has also taken initiatives to have lasting peace with India. But there continue to be apprehensions about Pakistan. This seminar will explore the chasm between the perception and reality of Pakistan. Are perceptions about Pakistan correct? Are these out of touch with reality?

Places are limited, please RSVP by 13 April:


+44(0)20 7729 7566

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> Why Balochistan Matters

Monday 4 December 2006, 11.30am to 1pm

Venue: Committee Room 12,(PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE) House of Commons

This event on Balochistan, a volatile region of Pakistan is part of a series of events the Foreign Policy Centre is organising in Parliament on conflicts that receive little attention in the media or elsewhere.

Speakers include:

Ms Asma Jehangir, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Commission on Human Rights (tbc)

Mr Jaromir Kohlicek MEP, Vice-Chair, SAARC Delegation

Mr Selig Harrison, Centre for International Policy, Washington DC

Senator Tariq Azeem, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan

Mr Javed Mengal, Former Senator, Balochistan National Party

Philip Fiske, Foreign Policy Centre (Chair)

Why does Balochistan matter? Balochistan crosses the states of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran and in some ways is the 'Kurdistan of Central Asia'. Balochistan is a crucial element to Britain's relations with Pakistan and the Pakistani community in the UK. Quetta, the capital of Balochistan in Pakistan is a known hideout for Al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters.

The Balochi people believe they have been oppressed in many ways by the Pakistani government. Feudal systems of government, corruption and incompetence have lead to socio-economic backwardness and extreme poverty. NGOs have raised concerns of political incarceration and torture of Balochi political activists such as Rasheed Azam.

In addition, Balochistan's gas resources have received much attention from both Iran and China, keen to get a foothold in the province. These facts make a compelling case that Balochistan should be on the radar of the international community.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Alex Bigham by emailing alex.bigham[at] or calling 020 7729 7566.

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