Focus Areas

Environment

A more effective environmental governance and policy can reduce conflict and ensure security from local to global levels. At the same time, reducing conflict as well as strengthening security underpins environmental sustainability. It is undeniable that all countries have a shared interest in addressing the climate crisis. Developing a tenable and effective strategy for resolving this problem requires all nations, especially the major powers, to cooperate in good faith.
Pakistan is currently ranked 7th in the world in countries affected by climate change. The country suffers from a variety of environmental problems such as air pollution and deforestation. However, there’s little dedicated effort to resolve the environmental challenges facing Pakistan. In order to bridge this gap, LCPR addresses questions arising in the disciplines of sociology, economics, communication, and peace research in relation to environmental issues. It investigates and analyses the crucial decisions made by politicians, policy makers and society in general and disseminate it to the public. The key areas of research are environmental issues such as natural and human-induced climate change conflict management and mitigation, resource use and activities that damage environments and ecosystems.

Governance

Improving governance and reforming government machinery is central to development and internal peace. Good governance entails including marginalized segments of the society in consensus-building for accountability, transparency and responsiveness in decision-making and policy-setting to serve interests of all stakeholders. LCPR will look at the ways in which government and decision-making processes can be made more effective, transparent and open. It explores challenges and opportunities to understand the key gaps and complexities in the governance system and to provide policy guidelines on how to improve the following:
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Service Delivery
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Citizen participation
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Equity and inclusiveness

Counter-terrorism

In spite of the fact that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Counter-terrorism strategy in 2006, terrorism is on the rise. The rivalries amongst states and narrow interests have made it increasingly difficult to address the worsening problem of international terrorism across the globe. At the regional level, South Asia has seen its fair share of terrorism as a result of the Afghanistan war and Pakistan has been at the forefront in countering terrorism. As a consequence it has paid a heavy price of cross-border terrorism. Despite its efforts to purge the scourge of terrorism, Pakistan has often been branded as a safe haven of terrorists and sponsor of terrorism. As a key step in ending the menace of militancy, it’s necessary for countries involved to look beyond their narrow interests and engage in constructive dialogues and joint policy decisions that foster national and global stability.  LCPR examines root causes of terrorism, fosters collaboration to provide guidelines counter terrorism and highlights how Pakistan has a major role to play as a key stakeholder of regional stability and peace-building.

Foreign policy

Foreign policy is a vital element in any country’s national strategy to achieve objectives such as national security, peace-building, improved global ties and economic interests. The three main tools of foreign policy are considered to be diplomacy, foreign aid and military force. While states are the main actors in international relations, international institutions have come to play a vital role in influencing geopolitics. Transnational issues such as terrorism, trade and climate change require collaboration rather than competition. As one of the largest Muslim-majority countries and due to its geographic location, Pakistan will always have an important role to play in world affairs. Nevertheless, there is a troubling shortage of objective research regarding Pakistan and its relations with other countries. The fact that, since its inception, the country has faced numerous external and internal threats to its survival must also be acknowledged and incorporated into any analysis of its foreign relations. LCPR supports scholars and policy-makers gain an accurate understanding of the following major issues in world affairs:
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Middle-East Conflict
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Issues of national sovereignty and self determination
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Politics of Indian Ocean Region
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Shifts in balance of power regionally and internationally
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Increasing influence of non-state actors

Economy

In spite of the fact that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Counter-terrorism strategy in 2006, terrorism is on the rise. The rivalries amongst states and narrow interests have made it increasingly difficult to address the worsening problem of international terrorism across the globe. At the regional level, South Asia has seen its fair share of terrorism as a result of the Afghanistan war and Pakistan has been at the forefront in countering terrorism. As a consequence it has paid a heavy price of cross-border terrorism. Despite its efforts to purge the scourge of terrorism, Pakistan has often been branded as a safe haven of terrorists and sponsor of terrorism. As a key step in ending the menace of militancy, it’s necessary for countries involved to look beyond their narrow interests and engage in constructive dialogues and joint policy decisions that foster national and global stability.  LCPR examines root causes of terrorism, fosters collaboration to provide guidelines counter terrorism and highlights how Pakistan has a major role to play as a key stakeholder of regional stability and peace-building.