Ms. Saima Parveen, Ph.D scholar at Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan has successfully defended her Ph.D thesis “Afghanistan’s Factor in Trilateral Relations of the United States, Pakistan and China (2008-2016)” on 6th July, 2017.
Her thesis covered Afghanistan significance for United States, Pakistan and China whereas grounds of convergence and divergence in trilateral relations in Afghanistan’s perspectives were investigated. The Mixed method design was used whereby through quantitative method also the research questions were answered and theoretical framework was connected with. The scholar has contributed in a real way to the domain of security, foreign policy and peace and conflict resolution whereby she concluded that three players should cooperate to address terrorism and violent extremism and that Afghanistan conflict can be settled through dialogues based on pluralism, democracy and constitutionalism. The geo-economic instead of geo-political approach is required in recent situation in order to view Afghanistan through broader perspectives of CPEC, CASA-1000 and TAPI which can be utilized through stable and peaceful Afghanistan only.
Ms. Saima Parveen is the first one who has completed her Ph.D from department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan and has 18 publications in HEC recognized journals of ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ categories and in International journals. She has participated as speaker in 3 national and international conferences during her Ph.D. Her supervisor was Prof. Dr. Jehanzeb Khalil, Vice Chancellor, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. The external examiner was Prof. Dr. Ishtiaq Chaudhar, National Defence University Islamabad and Internal examiner was Prof. Dr. Taj Muharram Kham, Dean of Social Siences, University of Peshawar. Both the examiners termed the defence as outstanding and strongly recommended the scholar for the award of Ph.D Degree.