3rd International Conference on Pakistan in 21st Century: Challenges, Responses and Opportunities

Date:10-12 May 2023                                                                           


The 21st century has been marked by a number of challenges for the entire international community. In the recent decades, Pakistan has been affected by various events and occurrences which not only exposed the country to traditional security threats but also affected the non-traditional security   aspects in myriad ways. COVID-19 remained one of the major challenges impacting the social, political and economic spheres of Pakistan. Similarly, population explosion, food insecurity, climate change, increasing poverty levels, radicalization, separatist insurgencies, sectarian extremism, political violence and deterrence instability are some of the key challenges faced by Pakistan in contemporary world.   

The conference aims to offer a platform for renowned scholars of social sciences to share their intellect and reflect on the internal and extremal threats encircling Pakistan in the contemporary era. Moreover, this is an attempt to unite the esteemed scholars and experts from across Pakistan and abroad to unravel the key challenges and collectively suggest a way forward for a progressive and peaceful Pakistan.

The prime objective of the conference is to highlight the key challenges, analyze the responses and find solutions to deal with such emanating threats. This international Conference will provide its participants with an opportunity to learn, share and demonstrate their research, preposition, strategies, and policies pertaining to key threats being encountered by Pakistan in the 21st century as well as dealing with the development, research and adaptation challenges related to traditional and non-traditional domains of Security.

Where                                      When                                                             Deadlines Fatima Jinnah                          10-12 May, 2023                Abstract: 5th March, 2023 Women                                                                                Full Paper Submission: April 17th, 2023 University,                                                                          Presentation Slides:  May 5, 2023 Rawalpindi

Broad Themes The conference will be organized around the following themes:

  1. Political Instability and the Issues of Governance
  2. Pakistan’s Economic Challenges
  3. Foreign Policy and External Security Challenges
  4. Terrorism, Extremism and Radicalization
  5. Pakistan and Global Sustainable Development Goals: Options and Opportunities
  6. Gender Inequality: Social, Political and Economic Challenges
  7. Pakistan’s Image Building and Prospects of Soft Power
  8. Border Management
  9. Climate Change, National Security and Water, Energy and Food (WEF) Security
  10. Globalization and Pakistani Culture: Issues and Challenges
  11. Nuclearization of South Asia
  12. Emerging Maritime Security threats
  13. Migration Issues and Problems of Pakistani Diaspora
  14. Global Health Issues and Pakistan: Challenges and Responses

Conference Details All authors are expected to abide by paper submission and presentation guidelines as well as deadlines.

Submission of Abstracts

Interested authors/presenters are advised to send in their abstracts at the conference email, latest by 5th March, 2023. Please note that the Abstract must be no longer than 250 words. The authors are requested to please add a brief biographical note (not exceeding 100 words) stating their name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) in the email body. In case of multiple authors, please state the primary and secondary authors and the potential presenter.

Paper Submission

If the abstract is accepted, the author must provide the conference Organizing Committee with full-text paper by April 17th, 2023. Full text papers must follow submission and presentation guidelines.

Submission of Presentation (Slides)

Once their papers have been accepted, the speakers would be expected by the Conference Committee to submit their final presentations (tentatively 10 days prior to the day of the event). The presentations must not exceed 15 slides considering that the allocated time slot for each speaker shall be 15-20 minutes.


Authors must confirm that the submitted work is original, has not appeared in literature in any form in the past and will not be submitted to any other venue concurrently while it is under review at FJWU following the Conference.

Registration Fees and Expenses

  1. Registration fee

    For Individual Presenter outside FJWU: 2500 PKR For FJWU Faculty and Staff: 2000 PKR For FJWU Students: 1500 PKR

  2. Presenters will receive a certificate of participation as well as an opportunity to publish in the conference proceeding.
  3. FJWU shall not be responsible for funding expenditures including but not limited to in person attendance, lodging and messing of the presenters or participants. All attendees shall cater to all costs regarding their travel, messing and lodging.

Patron in Chief

            Dr. Saima Hamid            Vice Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi

Conference Advisor

            Prof. Dr. Sarwat Rasool,             Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, FJWU

Chief Organizer

                Dr. Saima Ashraf Kayani                Associate Professor, Dept. of IR, FJWU

Conference Coordinators

  1. Mr. Azhar Shahbaz Khan                                                                        

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of IR, FJWU  azhar.khan@fjwu.edu.pk

  2. Ms. Samrana Afzal

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of IR, FJWU samranaafzal@fjwu.edu.pk

Conference Secretary                  Ms. Maria khan                  ir.department@fjwu.edu.pk

Conference Email ID for Submission of Abstract/ Papers/Presentation: