BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR)

In recognition of the growing need to continue contributing to the stock of knowledge through enquiry, research and interaction, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) set up the Center for Policy Research (BCPR) as the hub for policy-oriented research. Originally focused on applied socio-economic areas, the Center’s remit has been expanded to include the entire spectrum of disciplines and fields of inquiry studied at BNU.

BCPR seeks to foster a culture of rigorous, policy-relevant research and analysis. In keeping with the interdisciplinary approach of BNU, the center explores new avenues by taking an integrated view of Pakistan’s policy issues in the context of our economic, political and social realities, their changing dynamics and global developments. It is also a platform for interacting with organizations, academia, think tanks and related institutions in Pakistan and abroad.

“BCPR envisions formulating its recommendations from the lens of its likely beneficiaries, making them primary stakeholders in policy-making exercises. It aims to elicit research to contribute to the ever - evolving narrative for human development and sustainable growth, eventually benefiting the citizens of Pakistan.”
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BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR)

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan (Director and Head of Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World)

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan currently serves as the Director of the Beaconhouse Center for Policy Research (BCPR) and Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World. This initiative, housed within BCPR, is dedicated to analyzing and shaping Pakistan's role and image on the global stage

Before joining BCPR, Ambassador Khan concluded a distinguished career in the Foreign Service of Pakistan spanning over 32 years. Throughout his diplomatic journey, Mr. Khan undertook pivotal roles in various capacities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and across Pakistan’s diplomatic missions worldwide. Notably, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan, Austria, and the Slovak Republic, as well as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. Previously, he held diplomatic postings in significant locations such as Kabul, New Delhi, Harare, and Pakistan's Mission to the UN in Geneva.

An area of expertise for Mr. Khan lies in regional diplomacy and economic integration, reflecting his substantial contributions in these domains over the years. Notably, he served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2020 to 2022, during which he navigated the transitional period and the Taliban's assumption of power in 2021. In recognition of his valorous service in challenging circumstances, Ambassador Khan was honored with the Sitara-e-Shujaat award in March 2023.

For any inquiries or correspondence, Mr. Mansoor Khan can be reached through the following contact details:

Email: mansoor.ahmad@bnu.edu.pk
Phone: 04238100156

Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha (Member)

Dr. Pasha has remained Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Public Policy at BNU until 2013. He has served as Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Economists to the Planning Commission, Convener of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman of the Tax Advisory Council of Federal Board of Revenue.

From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Pasha was UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP. Dr. Pasha has held a number of important public appointments including the Federal Commerce Minister, Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Deputy Chairman/Federal Minister of the Planning Commission, and Education Minister in three governments. He has also been the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi, Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, and Research Professor and Director of the Applied Economics Research Centre, Karachi.

Dr. Pasha has a M.A. from Cambridge University, U.K and PhD from Stanford University, U.S.A. He was awarded in 2005 the Congressional Medal of Achievement by the Philippines Congress.

In 2012, he received the Engro Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the field of Social Sciences. He has published over 150 books and articles in the fields of governance, public finance, urban and regional economics, poverty and social development, industry, energy, economics etc.

Dr. Moeed Yusuf (Member)

Recognized as one of the leading scholars of his generation, Dr. Yusuf has a rich academic background, having taught Political Science and International Relations at esteemed institutions such as Boston University, George Washington University, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Quaid-e-Azam University. He has held several significant positions throughout his career, including most recently as Pakistan’s youngest National Security Adviser. He has also been a Research Fellow at Boston University’s Pardee School and Harvard University’s Kennedy School and an Associate Vice President at the U.S. Institute of Peace. As an accomplished writer, Dr. Yusuf has published extensively. His last book, Brokered Bargaining, was published by Stanford University Press in 2018. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations and a PhD in Political Science from Boston University.

Ms. Hafsa Tanveer (Member)

Hafsa has done her MPhil in Economics from Lahore School of Economics (LSE). She holds an undergraduate degree of double majors in Economics and Finance from Lahore School of Economics. Her interest are in theoretical modelling, development economics and environmental economics.

Academic Freedom and Excellence

BNU values academic freedom, where both faculty and students are encouraged to explore diverse perspectives and engage in open dialogue. The commitment to excellence is reflected in BNU's efforts to maintain high academic standards and provide a world-class educational experience.

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BCPR Engages Students to Shape a Course on Pak-US Relations

The session, held at BNU's Tarogil Campus, attracted a diverse group of students from various disciplines, eager to contribute to the shaping of the course outline. Facilitated by BCPR faculty, the discussion covered crucial topics such as historical context, diplomatic dynamics, economic ties, and security issues between Pakistan and the United States. Students actively engaged in the discourse, offering insights on current geopolitical trends, cultural exchanges, and the impact of bilateral relations on regional stability. Their feedback will play a pivotal role in tailoring the course content to address contemporary issues and enhance students' understanding of Pakistan-US relations. Dr. Nida Ali, the lead coordinator of the session, emphasized the importance of student input in developing a curriculum that is both academically rigorous and relevant to today's global landscape. She highlighted that incorporating student viewpoints ensures the course will resonate with the interests and educational needs of the student body. BNU aims to launch this course in the upcoming academic year, reflecting its ongoing dedication to innovative education and fostering a well-rounded understanding of international relations among its students. This session exemplifies BNU’s approach to integrating student feedback in academic planning, reinforcing its position as a leading institution in providing quality education tailored to the evolving demands of the global community.

2nd Roundtable on Enhancing Pak-US Education & Tech Ties

The key speakers at this Roundtable were Michael Kugelman, Director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. who was visiting Lahore, Dr. Tahir Kamran, Professor of History and the Head of Department of Liberal Arts at BNU; and Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World at the BNU Centre for Policy Research (BCPR). This Roundtable featured an engaging and comprehensive discussion on Pakistan’s historic and current engagement with the US, along with an exchange of views on how the Pakistan-US relationship should proceed while prioritizing their interactions in the areas of education, technology and skill development. Kugelman in his keynote address highlighted the role of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) as a potential avenue for productive cooperation among Pakistan and the US. Noting that there had been significant cooperation between Pakistan and the US in the areas of education and capacity building in many fields, there was a need for enhancing this cooperation conforming to the current trends and ground realities on the international and regional situations. He advised that Pakistan should make a pitch on the cooperation and the relationship it needed form the US. For this purpose, skill development and getting on the same track as the competitor countries that operate in the West were of key importance. Dr. Tahir Kamran in his address emphasized the need of understanding the perspective of Pakistani youth on the relations with the United States which can be dissociated from Pakistan’s politics as well as major international and regional developments. He shared his experience based on regular interaction with the undergraduate students who were also not shy of expressing their views and particularly their differences with the pattern or bilateral relations. A significant number of students in Pakistan regarded the relations between the two countries as representing the interests of the elite of the two countries and not the peoples of the two countries. These perceptions have also to be addressed for deepening substantive cooperation in various fields including education, technology and skill development. Dr. Kamran added that the US needs to adopt a foreign policy where Pakistan’s sense of security is not imperiled. Expressing his views regarding Pakistan’s cooperation with the US in these areas, Ambassador Khan noted that at a political level in the United States the relations with Pakistan were seen from the prism of Pakistan-China relationship and particularly Pakistan being the driver of BRI’s flagship project CPEC. He emphasized the need for moving from the zero-sum situation to a more inclusive focus economic partnerships with diverse actors. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan underlined the immense contribution of educational, scientific, technological and entrepreneurial dimensions of relations with the United States since the independence of Pakistan. He added that despite useful programmes of cooperation such as Fulbright programme and US assistance in setting up many high-quality educational institutions, the relations have remained cyclical or marked by lack of consistency. The Round Table witnessed a candid and frank discussion and observations on the interaction between Pakistan and the US in the field of education, technology and skill development. According to one view, Pakistan had not taken advantage of the first IT revolution in the United States in 1990s and following decades. Another view was that polarization caused by developments such as Jihad in Afghanistan, regional terrorism and divergence on political issues overshadowed the importance of cooperation in educational and research fields. One of the participants mentioned that since madrassah system in Pakistan received US funding during Afghan Jihad years and it continues to provide education to a large number of Pakistani students, the US assistance for madrassah reforms can be an innovative way to address the challenges of extremism and terrorism as well fro deepening educational and academic linkages. The participants suggested expanding the inclusiveness of the Fulbright program to be able to benefit non-socioeconomic elites. It was also suggested that Pakistani and American universities should collaborate directly and send delegations to each other’s campuses to improve and update dated scholarships/curricula. The roundtable also reflected a consensus on the need for Pakistan to take full benefit from the US leadership in sophisticated technologies particularly IT, AI and robotics. A common view coming out from the discussions was that Pakistani state has to focus on investing in the people especially in the business sector for young innovative minds.

Launch of Policy Paper on Future Pak-US Relations

Copies of the policy paper are being distributed to senior government officials, leading think tanks, and prominent journalists specializing in foreign policy across print and electronic media. This dissemination strategy ensures that the insights and recommendations reach influential stakeholders, promoting informed dialogue and policy-making on Pakistan-US relations.

Panel Discussion on Pakistan-China Relations: 1949-2024

Speakers included Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World at the BCPR; Dr. Moeed Yusuf, VC BNU; Deputy Chinese Consul General H.E. Cao Ke; Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed; Dr. Ishrat Hussain, member of the Board of Governors of BNU and former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; Ambassador Moin ul Haque, former Ambassador of Pakistan to China and Mongolia; Dr. Zafar Mehmood, former Special Envoy for China Pakistan Economic Corridor; Professor Tang Jun, Director of the Pakistan Research Center at Inner Mongolia Honder College of Arts and Sciences in China; and Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang, former Ambassador of Pakistan to China. The event featured a lively exchange of ideas about Pakistan and China’s close diplomatic relations and support of each other in times of geopolitical crisis. The session opened with introductory remarks by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, who noted that the BNU’s establishment of a China Studies Chair is no small feat and that it is a unique project in Pakistan. Following Dr. Yusuf’s remarks, the Deputy Chinese Consul General H.E. Cao Ke delivered an address in which he compared the relationship between Pakistan and China as of gold partners while highlighting the benefits of cooperation between the two countries. He further noted that Pakistan has been a staunch supporter of the One China Policy. H.E. Cao also emphasised that the youth of both countries is the way forward for both of them, so it is important to focus on the narrative building for this generation to assure the longevity of the friendly ties between the two countries. Senator Mushahid Hussain then delivered his keynote address in which he regarded the bond between the two countries as an iron bond. He appreciated Chinese support to Pakistan through thick and thin, and how both countries have been supporting each other. He underlined how Chinese support to Pakistan does not come with Chinese interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan. He argued that Pakistan needs to provide foolproof security to the Chinese personnel working in the country and ensure political stability in Pakistan with consistent policies to facilitate Chinese support of Pakistan. Following the keynote address by Senator Mushahid Hussain, the panelists shared their views on the way forward for Pakistan-China relations and discussed how Pakistan must fix its internal processes to take better advantage of this partnership. Dr. Ishrat Hussain corroborated Senator Hussain’s view that China has been the only country which has supported Pakistan without proposing excessive restrictions on the latter. Dr. Ishrat Hussain further argued that Pakistan has lacked in areas which has created a gap between the two countries. To fill in these gaps, Pakistan should focus on the development of special economic zones (SEZs), and the removal of hindrances to Chinese capital investments. Ambassador Moin ul Haque followed Dr. Hussain’s remarks by sharing that Pakistan and China are colloquially called ‘Baatiye’ i.e., iron brothers in China, which is a marker of Chinese warmth towards Pakistanis. He noted that the relationship between both countries is robust and deep, and they have supported each other on geopolitical issues and lent constant support at international platforms, while encouraging the development of an economic partnership. This is in conjunction with their cooperation in the defense, space, financial and banking, and academic and educational spheres through people to people exchanges. Dr. Zafar Mehmood followed Ambassador Moin ul Haq’s intervention by expressing that Pakistan has unfortunately failed to learn from the development of China and that Pakistanis must focus on learning the Chinese language to be more inclusive, and understanding China’s development trajectory to kickstart development in Pakistan. Professor Tang Jun provided the Chinese perspective on the link between two countries through academia, education and research by emphasising that education, research, and people-to-people exchanges are the cornerstone of the Pakistan-China relationship. He expressed his delight at the increasing number Pakistani students in China. He further added a that think tank collaboration is a milestone that needs to be achieved. The last panelist for the session, Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang remarked upon his interactions with Pakistan. Ambassador Zhang quoted that both the countries are Baatiye i.e., iron brothers. He added that while both countries have been supporting each other, their relationship came under pressure in the 1950s, but from the 1960’s onwards, both countries have worked on mutual trust and beneficial cooperation. Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang noted Pakistan’s support on the India-China border issue, CPEC and mentioned more instances where both countries backed each other at international platforms. The panel discussion ended after an engaging question-and-answer session with the guests.

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