The normal outcome of our collaboration is original policy recommendations in a mutually identified area of local, national, regional, or global interest. This outcome is strengthened by our research strategy that organically links GTTN with policy research expertise present in different schools of NUST. GTTN’s knowledge strategy increases our ability to figure prominently in the global competition for knowledge production, acquisition, and policy agenda-setting in the contemporary world. This strategy then allows us to form different combinations of our various levels of collaboration well-aligned with the requirements of the problem definition for which a knowledge-based solution needs to be developed.
This consequently leads to the generation of different kinds of knowledge, namely: public knowledge, proprietary knowledge, and tacit knowledge (personal knowledge and common sense) in readily communicable forms. Future-oriented by nature, our knowledge strategy enables us to put different knowledge types in to different combinations for addressing defined problems more effectively. This flexibility enables us to collaborate not only with traditional knowledge-centric institutions like universities and research institutes but also other entities where knowledge is produced either as a main function type or else as an associated set of operations such as business firms, state institutions, and government departments, public associations, NGOs, etc.
The international nature of modern knowledge collaboration, of necessity, has made us into an organization that thrives on the globalization – unity of the local and the global – of knowledge. For us at GTTN, the unity of the local and global means two things:
GTTN objectively studies development trends in a range of areas and their impact on Pakistan’s domestic situation and the processes of regional and global integration. One important purpose of knowledge creation at GTTN is to maximize complementarities between Pakistan’s welfare and regional progress. To this end, our international knowledge-based collaborations are designed to maximize our ability to generate policy-relevant research and analysis that increases the available pool of workable policy options in any given area in which we are active. Following a customized research methodology that enables us to conduct a multi-dimensional investigation of the subject at hand, we produce evidence-based objective research and analysis containing viable solutions to various domestic, regional, and global issues, problems, and crises..
Marked by fast-paced changes that constantly take place in global and domestic arenas that affect the domestic relations within nation-states and inter-state relations decisively and fatefully, our knowledge paradigm allows us to comprehend and capture first-, -second, and occasionally, third-order, consequences of events with accuracy. The presence of short- and long-term policy recommendations in our research, derived through our collective process of research and inquiry that comprises renowned intellectuals, statesmen, academics, and highly-qualified researchers, enables us to present a magisterial and holistic forecast of developments in chosen areas of analysis. Our research routinely feeds into policymaking circles of the country.
Our research observatory examines economic, political, societal, environmental, and cultural changes and developments taking place in South Asia, Middle East, Caucasus, EU, MENA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Our classification mechanism allows us to further sub-divide these broad disciplinary and regional categories into further classes and units of investigation to which various research techniques are applied in original combinations for capturing intra-regional and inter-regional flows and waves of change. There is inherent valid and cogent correspondence between our knowledge and research strategies which are co-extensive but distinct.
Our research team consists of highly qualified research and policy analysts assisted by research associates, assistants, and interns. Our research and policy analysts act as key points for processing and integrating into research the input and feedback from our expert groups and the intermediate research deliverables produced by research associates and interns. For any topic under any research area, the research team responsible for it is multidisciplinary to ensure maximum depth and breadth of investigation.
Research in any research area is typically led by a group of experts. These serve as advisory and review units for different research areas. These consist of key experts drawn from academic, policymaking, and corporate domains of Pakistan who are able to bring their particular viewpoints for the enrichment of the subject under study. The expert groups help harness various resources that are needed for the successful conduct of research but are usually dispersed across a range of public-private, physical-intellectual domains for utilization by our research teams organized for research areas. Most Senior Fellows also form part of these expert groups. These expert groups also include international members from outside Pakistan. The experts facilitate the research team during different stages of the research projects and meet intensively with the research and communication team during the course of an ongoing study.
Communication and Outreach
GTTN’s Communication is responsible for engaging specific domestic, regional, and global audience. Typically, we engage think tanks, policy centers, relevant public organizations, international organizations, private firms and corporate entities, civil society organizations, and general public. GTTN’s Communication, Advocacy and Outreach works together with research team to ensure the dissemination of research and engagement of diverse stakeholders take place as part of one comprehensive process.
GTTN has covered some important ground in a short span of two years. Our collaborations are constantly growing to include knowledge partnerships with key universities, think tanks, and policy centers in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The China Node
China-Pakistan Joint Think Tank
Founded as the inaugural Node of GTTN, China-Pakistan Joint Think was established as a trilateral knowledge partnership between NUST, Tsinghua University and South-West University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China and focuses upon policy research aimed at promoting an all-round cooperation between Pakistan and China. Research is concentrated on diversifying and deepening the existing China-Pakistan relationship by promoting a holistic model of working together that integrates all the key areas of mutual cooperation. For this purpose, the Think Tank has brought key experts from China and Pakistan together to think, advice, and influence the policymaking circles in the two countries.
Functioning since 2012, the Think Tank has produced comprehensive reports on key areas of cooperation between China and Pakistan as well as organized, with the collaboration of its partner universities, two country-level seminars in Islamabad and Beijing respectively, in the pursuit of fostering a multidimensional China-Pakistan bilateralism. China-Pakistan Joint Think Tank is unique in terms of the insights it generates and the shared vocabulary of knowledge-based cooperation. It is pioneering as a model of cooperation between China and Pakistan. Future projects include broadening the collaborative framework to include more knowledge-producing organizations in China.
North America and Europe Nodes
The North America and European Nodes of GTTN will cover collaboration with select world-class institutions of higher learning and knowledge creation in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. These will encompass partnership with university-based policy centers as well as non-academic think tanks, and promote research on common themes of interest mutually identified by the partner institutions. The two Nodes will embrace an important portion of the intellectual and policymaking experience and expertise resident in the two leading world regions.
The spectrum of our research products is diverse. Depending upon the nature of the research, GTTN’s research products consist of high-end products like journal articles, working papers, monographs, contract research reports, case studies, newspaper and magazine articles, etc. GTTN offers consultancy in key areas of national development. Our research team brings together skills in at least 35 cutting-edge research techniques. We shall also soon start offering training courses and workshops in selected areas for the development of holistic knowledge competencies for policy and academic audience.