Centre for Muslim States and Societies

Pakistan: religion, identity and foreign policy

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The Centre explores the impact of Islamisation on Pakistan’s political, social, economic and cultural developments. It also explores the nexus between Islamisation and Pakistan’s foreign policy.

As the second largest Muslim state with a population of over 180 million people, Pakistan is a priority research area for the Centre.

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  2. Researchers
  3. Activities
  4. In the news
  5. Reports and theses


We are researching the role of Islamisation in promoting militant ideologies in Pakistan, US perceptions, and the impact of religion on cultural and population policies and Pakistan’s foreign relations. We are also conducting research on ethnicity-related conflicts in the country, its nuclear policies, and their relationship to Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Militant groups, particularly Lashker-e-Toiba, and the impact of militancy on citizens of Pakistan and those living as diaspora, are being investigated.

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  • 'Ending Poverty - What Engineers Can Do': Winthrop Professor James Trevelyan, member of the CMSS Advisory Committee, delivered a lecture at TedX Perth, 8 December 2012.
  • Whither Pakistan: breakfast meeting with Moneeza Hashmi and Victorial Scolfiled, 3 May 2012
  • Hon. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan, 'Pakistan's role in South Asia', 29 October 2011, CHOGM 2011

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In the News

  • 19 May 2010, The Australian – 'Unraveling a murderous tradition'

Opinion pieces

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Reports and theses

  • Ben Cooper, The Waziristan Threat: the ascent of Islamist militancy in Pakistan’s frontier territory in the post-9/11 period

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