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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Trade Integration, Conflict, and Peace Building

We are involved in a two-year project on Regional Trade Integration, Violent Conflict, and Peace Building as a global coordinator. This research undertaking seeks to investigate the link between regional trading arrangements and conflict among or within states member of a particular Regional Trading Arrangement (RTA). We examine the case of SAARC, SAFTA, and SAPTA in South Asia.

This project is extremely pertinent in the context of the current impetus for peace between Pakistan and India, and South Asia as a whole. The Pakistan-India peace process is seeking to follow the trade theory model, where enhanced economic interdependence could lead to conflict mitigation. We investigate whether RTAs in South Asia could produce such positive spin-offs.

Our findings suggest an absence of any trade-conflict causality in South Asia. In other words, RTAs do not seem to have had any positive influence in reducing or subsiding conflict in South Asia. On the other hand, a reverse causality, where political tensions and conflict between states have hindered trade ties is apparent in almost every relationship.

Having taken the necessity of forming a robust regional trading block as a given, we end up with a pessimistic outlook towards trade and peace building in South Asia. Our findings suggest that lack of progress on the regional front has led South Asian countries to search for alternate bilateral, sub-regional, and extra regional alliances. India has taken the lead in these developments by forging FTAs and sub-regional groupings in South Asia.

Interestingly, Pakistan is the only country in South Asia that is not part of any sub-regional grouping. During the course of our research, it became clear to us that unless political tensions, especially between Pakistan and India subside (and this is not likely through the RTA route), the likelihood of regional integration in South Asia will remain bleak. This would imply that South Asian states would continue looking outside the region, thus de-emphasizing regionalism further. Any positive by-product through a trade-conflict causality then is unlikely to bear dividends in South Asia.