From the Desk of Editor in Chief

With its very recent issue published on 25th January 2020, the NUST Journal of International Peace and Stability (NJIPS) has proudly entered the fourth year of its publication under the leading guidance and supervision of Professor Tughral Yamin and Brigadier (Retd) Imran Rashid. 

At this moment in time, it is my duty as the Editor in Chief to share with our readers some thoughts and also my vision for the NJIPS and its role in the ever changing realities pertaining to academia, research and discourses. It also provides me with an opportunity to elaborate on some of the recent developments on the global level with respect to security, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping. In doing so, I shall also introduce the articles in the recent most NJIPS issue to our most valued readers.

NJIPS Volume 3 (Issue I) carries a collection of scholarly contributions from reputable and distinguished authors. The research articles present case studies which reflect the ideas of eminent thinkers in the field of Peacekeeping, Military Diplomacy, Armed Conflicts and Inter-State Relations to name a few. I welcome you to follow the academic contributions of our eight incredibly well-read authors as they investigate frameworks and case studies and comparatively analyze various aspects of international relations, peacekeeping and development studies.
The articles are dually captivating personal transcripts and critical examinations of the current strategic geopolitical environment. In particular, the critical analysis of the relationship between ‘security’ and ‘development’ in Yosuke Nagai’s “United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, and Peacebuilding Framework: A Critical Analysis of ‘Security- Development’ Nexus” piqued my interest. Nagai in his account sheds light on the functionality of security-development nexus and how it has been well observed in post-conflict scenarios where broader state-building, security, and governance-related reforms are implemented to ensure sustainable peace processes.

Bakare Najimdeen’s article interestingly argues the transitioning role of peacekeepers as diplomats. He explains how the traditional diplomacy has ceased to be the preoccupation and exclusive business of the Foreign Ministry and career diplomats and additionally how the entire endeavor has transformed into a scene that involves foot soldiers engaged in peacekeeping ventures in mission areas; broadly representing and acting out on the foreign policy motivations of their respective countries.

Shaheed Babajide’s article presents a background analysis of the Yan Shilla group in Nigeria and how it has inflicted serious disorder within the state. He argues that good governance should be entrenched in the political administration of the state.

Ajmal Khan and Azmat Khan in their article explore the newspaper coverage of seven major recent events between India and Pakistan. Considering the ever changing nature of the relationship between the two countries, they argue that the primary focus in almost all newspaper reports is restricted to visible effects and heavily relies on elite positions.

Asifa Jahangir and Furqan Khan in their article look into the Indo-US strategic bonding and in doing so critically examine the existing cooperation between the two states. They also predict possible implications for the region in the face of such destabilizing cooperation.
Last but not the least, Tanzeela Khalil analyzes the Indo-Pak relations in her article arguing that India lacks a demonstrable and consistent political will to resolve conflicts through a spirit of accommodation, compromise, and reconciliation.
I hope that you will join us in commenting on each piece through this provided online medium and encouraging the growth of the research culture in Pakistan. We at NJIPS understand and are committed to working towards the advancement in the horizon of opportunities in the context of contemporary Peace & Conflict Studies.
Thank you for your interest in Volume 3, Issue I of the NUST Journal of International Peace and Stability. I welcome you to contribute, through comments and critique, and most importantly as future writers.

With regards,
Dr. Muhammad Makki