The Editorial/Advisory Board and the entire team of ‘Pakistan Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies; feel privileged to publish the 4th consecutive issue. Previously, there was a journal titled ‘Tiga: A Journal of Peace and Development’ published by FATA Research Center Islamabad, which focused on similar themes, however, it discontinued since June 2014.
The present issue contains several publications from national and international scholars. Like previous three issues, this issue covers a range of topics related to peace and conflict studies such as impacts of terrorism on foreign direct investment, theoretical shortcomings in understanding conflict in Pakhtun society, IDPs management in Nigeria, engagement of China in Indian Ocean, justice and peace, Sufism and politics, and health and peace.
The author Akbar Jalil focuses on how domestic terrorism impacts Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). He concluded that domestic terrorism is negatively linked with some sectors of the economy in terms of FDI.
The author Irfan Khan surfaces an analytical description of conflict in Pakhtun society. While referring to Browne, Wallerstein, and Goodhand works, he maintains that a fundamental change in the perceptions of peace and conflict needs to be ensured to resolve conflict in Pakhtun society on sustainable basis.
Solomon Ifejika, a Nigerian author, critically discussed National Emergency Management System (NEMA) in Nigeria and finds that most f the camp residents comprised those who fled from Boko Haram’s insurgency. He uncovers the challenges confronted by NEMA and he recommends increased funds and strict actions to curb corruption in NEMA.
Khurshaid, Jawad K. Shinwari and Ahmad Ali critically examine the post 9/11 Pak-China strategic engagement from an Indian Ocean perspective. They, beside other findings, answer the question of why Pakistan engages China in Indian Ocean and why China is interested in Indian Ocean.
Raza Ullah Shah carries out an in-depth analysis of how budgetary provision to judiciary influences justice delivery in Pakistan.
Negating the relevancy of Sufism to contemporary politics in Pakistan, Saad Ali Khan argues that Sufism might be a viable tool to maintain peace in society; however, its role in politics ought to be discouraged.
In a survey based article, the authors M. Zahid, Arshad K. Bangash and S. Rashid Ali, describe how security apprehensions have undermined the polio campaigns in the study area. They conclude that lack of security in the study area caused the resurgence of active polio cases.
PJPCS invites contributions from researchers around the world on issues particularly related to peace and conflict. The Editorial/Advisory Board is determined to create pool of such researches and ensure the policy makers, researchers, scholars, and other related stakeholder to evolve viable and feasible strategies for the mitigation of conflict in the world in general and Pakistan in particular.
Besides these contributions, publication of this 4th issue enables PJPCS to apply for recognition by the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC), the sole journal recognizing agency in Pakistan. We hope that due recognition by the HEC will generate a large number of scholarship to PJPCS.