Dr Talat Shabbir
The Consul’s Special Correspondent Farhan Khan interviewed Dr Talat Shabbir, Director China-Pakistan Study Centre at Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. Dr. Talat Shabbir oversees research and advocacy on all facets of Pakistan-China relations.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: What is your core expertise and research area?
A: My research domain includes Pakistan, South Asia, Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC and Pakistan-China relations. I did my PhD in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, M Phil in International Relations from University of Karachi, Masters in International Relations from University of Balochistan and Masters in Political Science from University of Punjab. I have been visiting scholar at Sigur Centre for Asian Studies, George Washington University, USA. I worked as faculty of Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis (ISSRA), National Defence University (NDU) where I was responsible for conducting national security workshop and media workshops. Besides editing a quarterly magazine for China Pakistan Study Centre, I regularly contribute to national and international newspapers on domestic, regional and global political issues.
Q: How will you assess the current phase in Pakistan-China relations?
A: China and Pakistan have excellent mutual ties which have grown and expanded over the years. Our relationship is based on mutual respect and all-round cooperation. We share a common past and we are together in every field of life. Our ties today are as strong as ever.
Q: How will you describe CPEC as a Game Changer?
A: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a framework of regional connectivity. CPEC will not only benefit China and Pakistan but will have a positive impact on Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asian Republic and the entire region. CPEC has improved road, rail and air transportation system with frequent and free exchanges of goods and people to people contact. It is enhancing mutual understanding through academic and cultural interaction. This is a win-win model which will result in a well-connected, integrated region of shared destiny, harmony and development.
Q: What is the role of China Pakistan Study Centre?
A: China Pakistan Study Centre provides a platform for quality policy input through informed research, objective analysis and dialogue on regional and international issues affecting peace, security and development of Pakistan. I will keep working to create knowledge resources for the youth and the business community alike while providing strategic direction for policy makers.