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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.

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Published Date: Aug 17, 2020

COVID-19 and Change in Global Political Order


COVID-19 pandemic has brought about multi-dimensional changes in human lives, including political relations, finance and economy, environment, and finally health. While discussing these issues, this study analyzes how these changes might lead to a bigger change help emerge a new global political order.
The pandemic has hit not only those countries which are struggling to develop their economic and military powers, but also created uncertainties for those which are counted as superpowers, including the US, the UK, and France. China, as an emerging superpower, has a low number of casualties compared to the US and the UK.
In this connection, understanding the role of superpowers after the outbreak of coronavirus is crucially important for Pakistani policymakers, academics, and civil society.
Pakistan is located in a region, which has been geopolitically important for the world powers in the past and will be important in future scenario. It shares its borders with India, Afghanistan, Iran, China as well as Persian Gulf. As the US has had a role in the regional power structure since the inception of Pakistan, so understanding the US role in this region is important for Pakistan. Meanwhile, China has simultaneously enhanced its relationship with Pakistan during the past decade. On the one hand, it was the Pakistan’s largest supplier of arms in 2019 (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [SPIRI] 2020) and on the other, it has strengthened its economic relations with Pakistan while engaging Pakistan in projects such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Therefore, having an actual understanding of China’s position in the region is important for Pakistan as well. Similarly, the European Union (EU), the largest political union, single market, and international aid donor, has also played a role in Pakistan’s integration into the world economy by granting it the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) status (European Commission 2020). Because of this status, more than 76% of Pakistani exports, including textiles and clothing, enter the EU duty and quota free. This leads to representing almost 20% of Pakistan’s exports worldwide. Keeping in mind that Pakistan’s exports to the United States is with a partner share of 16.09 per cent whereas with China it is 7.69 per cent of whole Pakistan’s export (World Integrated Trade Solution 2018), it becomes clear as to why it is necessary for Pakistan to understand the EU role in future global political order.
This paper analyzes the change in global order and its consequences for the global power dynamics after COVID-19 time.