Current Affairs CSS Syllabus

(100 MARKS)

Current Affairs CSS Syllabus

Candidates will be expected to display such general knowledge of history, politics and International Affairs, as deemed necessary to interpret current affairs.

I. Pakistan’s Domestic Affairs (20 marks)

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social

II. Pakistan’s External Affairs (40 marks)

  • Pakistan’s relations with its Neighbors (India, China, Afghanistan, Russia)
  • Pakistan’s relations with the Muslim World (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia,
  • Pakistan’s relations with the United States
  • Pakistan’s relations with Regional and International Organizations (UN, SAARC,

III. Global Issues (40 marks)

  •  International Security
  •  International Political Economy
  • Human Rights
  • Environment: Global Warming, Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen Accord
  • Population: world population trends, world population policies
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • Global Energy Politics
  • Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Security
  • Nuclear Politics in South Asia
  • International Trade (Doha Development Round and Bali Package)
  • Cooperation and Competition in Arabian Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Millennium Development Goals, Current Status
  • Globalization
  • Middle East Crisis
  • Kashmir Issue
  • Palestine Issue


S.No. Title Author
1. Pakistan Foreign Policy 1947-2005: A Concise History, 2011 Abdul Sattar,
2. Issue in Pakistan’s Economy, 2010 Akbar S. Zaidi
3. Pakistan: A Hard Country, 2012 Anatol Lieven
4. Government & Politics in South Asia, 6th ed.,
Baxter, Malik, Kennedy & Oberst,
5. Introduction to International Political
Economy, 2010
David Balaam & Bradford
6. International Organization (Second Edition)
Volker Rittberger, Bernhard
Zangl and Andress Kruck
7. The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in
Treacherous Times (2011)
Mohamed Elbaradei
8. International Relations, 2012 Joshua Goldstein
9. World Politics: Trends & Transformation,
Kegley & Blanton
10. Pakistan Beyond the Crisis, 2011 Maleeha Lodhi
11. Globalization in Question, 2009 Paul Hirst
12. International Political Economy: Interests & Institutions in the Global Economy, 2010 Thomas Oatley
13. Politics and Change in the Middle East, 10th
Ed., Pearson, 2012
Andersen, Seibert, and
14. Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani
Bomb, (2012)
Feroz Khan
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