The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) is a non-official, non-party, and non-profit making body. It seeks to encourage and facilitate the understanding of international affairs and to promote the scientific study of international politics, economics and jurisprudence.
The PIIA owes its origins to the 19th and 20th centuries’ human concern for peace which resulted in the setting up of institutes and councils of world affairs in many countries of the world. The Indian Institute of International Affairs (IIIA) was established in Delhi in 1936 and its members voted to move it to Pakistan on the eve of the Partition. Khwaja Sarwar Hasan, then its Secretary, shifted its library and all its movable assets to Karachi in August 1947. The Pakistan Insitute of International Affairs was founded in 1948 and was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860,in affiliation with the Royal Institute of International Affairs,London and the Institute of Pacific Relations, New York. Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan formally inaugurated the Institute on 26 March 1948.
The Institute disseminates research and knowledge about international developments, particularly those having a direct bearing on the foreign policy challenges of Pakistan, by arranging lectures, seminars and roundtable discussions and publishing a quarterly journal Pakistan Horizon. The Institute is precluded by its charter from taking an institutional position on policy issues. The views contained in its publications or expressed on its platform (in lectures and seminars) are those of the authors and speakers respectively.
The Chairperson is the principal executive authority of the Institute. The Honorary Secretary is in-charge of the general working of the Institute.
Ambassador Dr. Masuma Hasan
Former Cabinet Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
Dr. Syed Amjad Ali Saqib
Former Senior Faculty member, NIPA/NIM Karachi
Syed Mohammad Fazal
Editor, Daily News, Karachi