Re-forging foreign policy


If ever there was a time when Pakistan needed a full-time foreign minister, then that time is now. Worldwide, nations make their foreign policy with glacial slowness. This is no bad thing. Adjustments to international relations tend to be nuanced and incremental, major shifts in balance or direction rare. But there are times in history when the plate-tectonics of international relations shift slightly faster than is the norm; and for the states of the subcontinent and the Gulf region that is currently the case. Pakistan lies at the centre of change and is itself a change-agent as it interacts with its neighbours and allies, and foreign policy is being reshaped and re-forged almost like at no previous time in the history of the nation.