Policy Perspectives

Policy Perspectives is a peer-reviewed, open access, biannual journal of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad, which also brings forth occasional special issues. The journal disseminates the research carried out by the Institute and its associates on a diverse range of current and evolving topics. The digital edition of the Journal is co-published and distributed by Pluto Journals, UK.

Print ISSN: 1812-1829 / e-ISSN: 1812-7347

About the Journal

Policy Perspectives is a peer-reviewed biannual journal with occasional special issues, published by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) – an Islamabad-based think tank dedicated to promoting policy-oriented research and human development.

Established in 1979, the Institute defines Pakistan Affairs, International Relations, and Faith and Society as its primary research areas, which are further divided into various sub-themes for focused studies.

The Institute’s research spanning over four decades has so far produced over 1500 seminars, conferences, and roundtables, around 400 publications, and about 2500 research reports.

Policy Perspectives is the flagship journal of the Institute, disseminating the research carried out by IPS and its associates on a diverse range of current and evolving topics. The journal reaches out to a large number of individual and institutional researchers, policymakers, key opinion leaders, and other stakeholders within the country and across the globe, extending policy-oriented analysis, perspectives, and recommendations on issues of national and global significance.

Being published continuously since 2004, Policy Perspectives is indexed/abstracted/archived by International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA);  ProQuest;   EBSCO (Political Science Complete DatabaseSocial Science Abstracts) Ovid; JSTORPortico; Knowledge Unlatched; Keepers Registry; Crossref;  FactivaResearchBibMicrosoft AcademicGoogle Scholar; Duotrope, and Asianet Pakistan.


Aims & Scope

Policy Perspectives is distinctive in combining original research papers with reflective studies and analysis on varied themes and issues. Contributions to the journal appeal to a wide academic and professional readership and reach an interdisciplinary international audience.

The Journal welcomes original, unpublished scholarly articles from research scholars, experts, and policy practitioners. and accepts contributions in the thematic areas of international relations, Pakistan affairs, and faith and society in general, and the topics related to security, society, economy, strategy, governance, and foreign policy in particular.


Journal Information

The Journal is published twice a year in Spring and Fall. 



Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.



Khalid Rahman, Executive President; Director General, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.



Dr Atiq-uz-Zafar, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.


Associate Editors

Naufil Shahrukh, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.

Syed Nadeem Farhat, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.


Assistant Editors

Zahida Khalid, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.

Kulsoom Belal, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.


Editorial Assistant

Shafaq Sarfaraz, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.



Advisory Board


Dr Zahid Hussain Bukhari, Executive Director, Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP), Washington, DC, USA; Former Director, American Muslim Studies Program (ASMP), Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

Dr Muhammad Umer Chapra, Advisor, Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Dr Akis Kalaitzidis, Professor, International Relations and Comparative Politics, School of Social Science and Languages, College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, USA.

Dr Robert Jensen, Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin, USA.

Prof. Roger van Zwanenberg, Managing Director, Pluto Journals, London, UK.

Dr Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Centre for South Asian Studies, The Asian Institute and Co-Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh, Research Professor, Middle East & Central Asian Politics, Faculty of Arts and Education, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Torkel Brekke, Professor of History of Religions, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Wang Xu, Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Dr Ivan Safranchuk, Senior Research Fellow, Centre of Central Asia and Afghanistan of the Institute for International Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) University, Moscow, Russia.



Instructions for Authors


Please see the submission guidelines here


Contact Information


Editorial Office: journal-pp@ips.net.pk

Publisher: Kush@plutojournals.com

Collection Information

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