On December 1, 2020, the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research(CSSPR) integrated in itself Pakistan’s first strategic and foreign affairs magazine, Pakistan Politico. The idea behind this integration is to streamline and consolidate CSSPR with a view to effectively enabling it to disseminate research and analyses on matters related to strategy, national security, and foreign policy. Pakistan Politico will now buttress the publication side of CSSPR, allowing for more sharp, forward-looking, and diverse perspectives for readers, scholars, and practitioners.
The addition of Pakistan Politico in CSSPR would complement the workings of the Center. Pakistan Politico, it must be reminded, was launched on May 5, 2018. The magazine was designed to provide quality analyses on security, strategic, and foreign policy issues facing Pakistan, the region, and the world. It was a subsidiary of the Jehan Media Publications. Until February 2020, Pakistan Politico was run as a print magazine. Due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, Pakistan Politico went online while also introducing a new product titled “Strategic Bytes.” Pakistan Politico has engaged national and international scholars and practitioners to delve into issues ranging from nuclear politics to Kashmir to Afghanistan, the Middle East and other significant regions. The magazine has featured interviews of the likes of President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, envoys of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Romania, Pakistani envoys to the United Nations, Thailand, Iran, and South Korea, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, among many others. Under CSSPR, Pakistan Politico will solicit articles on strategic and foreign policy issues from those who deal with these issues at various levels and through various lenses. As one of the products of CSSPR, Pakistan Politico will help increase CSSPR’s reach to a wider audience. In the coming Pakistan Politico will be publishing articles and ‘Strategic Bytes’ on issues like Kashmir, Indian-sponsored terrorism, and other important regional and global issues. Appreciating the idea, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Politico, Mr.Awais Raoof said:” with CSSPR and Pakistan Politico geared towards one broad end, it was only natural that they be integrated.” Remarking on the merger, Director CSSPR and Editor Pakistan Politico, Dr. Rabia Akhtar said:” the inclusion of Pakistan Politico within CSSPR will add a new dimension to the Center, by providing all stakeholders and audience with a credible conduit of analytical, research-rich, and expert appraisals on all things strategy and policy.”