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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: Jun 2, 2020

Hybrid Warfare: Countering the Impending Threats (PB – 71)


Hybrid warfare is not a new concept. What is new is the emergence of high Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It is the expansion of cyberspace and the availability of the Internet for all. This has made it very economical and easy to launch anti-state movements in target countries through propaganda, fake news, espionage, and terrorism. Besides, the hybrid actors can remain below the threshold of detection till the movement is well underway. Hybrid war is planned and executed in three phases: first the Color Revolution which is anti-state movement indigenously organized but influenced through external acts; second phase is cyber war which employs ICTs to disrupt critical functions of the state by attacking infrastructures, websites, command and control systems and economic and financial institutions’; third, the Unconventional Warfare that is, activities and actions of the hybrid actor to take advantage of the ongoing color revolution to add to the momentum by organizing guerrillas and auxiliary forces to overthrow the government. The momentum built through phases is then carried forward by the culminating phase, the Hybrid Warfare. The final phase is the synchronized use of multiple instruments of power to exploit vulnerabilities of the target state. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This policy brief, in addition to explaining how the above phases evolve and roll out, will also cover the exploitable vulnerabilities and how the hovering threats of hybrid warfare can be mitigated. It also briefly covers challenges that Pakistan faces. Finally, some portent recommendations are offered.