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Summer Course CPS 101 Introduction to International Peace and Security (IPS)
Summer Course – CPS 101      
Introduction to International Peace and Security (IPS)
1st July – 26th July 2019

Organised by: Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), NUST, Islamabad

1. Introduction and Objectives 

International peace and security has a different meaning for different states. Each state views security issues from its own peculiar geo-strategic and geo-political perspectives and social circumstances. While the era in the aftermath of the establishment of United Nations witnessed relative peace yet the current security environment marked by civil wars, terrorism, organized crime, pandemics, rise of nationalism, mistrust in global institutions, natural and manmade disasters and effects of climate change, is threatening to upend the global order and undermine the world peace. Since these threats transcend national boundaries, today more than ever before, there is a demand for a greater level of cooperation among states – through regional and global multilateral institutions. 
From the academic point of view, a multidisciplinary approach is imperative to understand the causes and consequences of threats to national and international peace and security. Thus, there is a genuine relevance of this course for students and professionals, having backgrounds in social and administrative sciences and in the disciplines such as engineering, science and technology, and every other discipline that can rationalize with the idea of peace and security. 
The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and necessary skills to understand and critically analyze the evolving and contributing factors  – challenging contemporary international peace and security. It will help students to understand both the theoretical and historical background of politics, war, law, and economy as well as their interplay in shaping as well as threatening the global order. 

2. Course Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of threats to global peace and stability with special reference to Pakistan and the region beyond.
  • Understand the role of international organizations in world governance and shaping up the current rules-based global order. 
  • Understand the role of great powers in propelling globalization as well as a backlash against it. 
  • Understand impediments to cooperation among states.

3. Course Contents

The following topics will be covered during the course of study:

  • Theoretical approaches to understand state conduct in conflict and peace in International Relations 
  • Conflict analysis tools (hands on practice)
  • Understanding terms such as: use of force, war, genocide, terrorism, aggression, etc. 
  • Role of technology in modern warfare (cyber and drone warfare)
  • Relationship of national security/international security and foreign policy
  • Contemporary global conflicts and security challenges
  • Rethinking security: traditional and non-traditional perspectives


  • Governance issues in Pakistan and national harmony 
  • Pakistan’s counter terrorism campaign 
  • Roots of conflict between India and Pakistan – Kashmir issue and water sharing
  • Political turmoil in the Muslim world including sectarian dimensions and its implications for international peace and stability
  • Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces, impact on regional security and cooperation
  • ​Nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation in the region


  • The geopolitics of development and humanitarian aid
  • Role of regional organizations in conflict resolution 
  • UN’s role in maintaining international peace and security with particular reference to conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace building.

4. Grading/Credits

  • Students of NUST, on successful completion of the IPS Summer Course, will be awarded 2.0 credit hours. 
  • Students from outside NUST will be awarded a completion certificate.

5. Course Registration

CIPS will share the list of registered students with the respective schools. In addition, students who haven’t registered online but want to participate in the course can come to the opening class on 1st July and will be able to register on the spot.

6. Attendance 

Only those students with a minimum of 75 per cent attendance will be awarded certificates.

7. Credit Hours: 2.0

8. Venue for the course 
The course will be held at IESE Auditorium.

9. Fees 
Rs  6000/- will be charged as fee from the participants.

10. Schedule
Classes will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Detailed timetable for the course will be available in due course). 

12. Online Registration


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12. Readings List

  • EH Carr, The Twenty Years Crisis, 1919-1939 (London: The MacMillan Press, 1946) 
  • Henry Kissinger, World Order (New York: Penguin, 2014)
  • Francis Fukuyama, Identity (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)
  • John Mearsheimer, The Great Delusion (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018) 
  • Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan beyond Crisis State (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Ilhan Niaz, The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan, 1947-2008 (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • “The Rise of Nationalism,” Foreign Affairs, March/April Issue, 2019
  • Peter Bergen, Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Burke and Ziring, Pakistan's Foreign Policy: An Historical Analysis (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1990)
  • Dixit, India’s Foreign Policy & its Neighbours (New Delhi: Gyan Books, 2001)
  • Rachel Ehrenfeld, Narco Terrorism (New York: Basic Books, 1992). 
  • Feroz Khan, Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb (Stanford Security Studies, 2012).
  • Riaz Khan, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity (Washington: John Hopkins University Press, 2011)
  • David Patrikarakos, Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).
  • George Perkovich, India’s Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (California: University of California Press, 2001)
  • Abdul Sattar, Pakistan’s Foreign Policy 1947-2012 (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Tughral Yamin, The Evolution of Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia (Islamabad: Army Press, 2014)
  • Tughral Yamin, Cyberspace CBMs between Pakistan and India (Islamabad: NUST Publications, 2014)