The ‘Truth About Pakistan’: Knowledge Production and Circulation in Think Tanks
This chapter explores the knowledge production processes in International Relations, within think tanks. The chapter initially focuses on the increased visibility of think tanks in policy-making processes. Think tanks, because of the nature of their organization have firmly established themselves as arbitrors of knowledge. The vicious cycle of knowledge production and reproduction enables a constant circulation of ‘truth’ on representational identities. The chapter demonstrates that think-tank-based journals are among International Relations journals which have produced the most work on Pakistan. Through them, the discursive construction and reproduction of Pakistan’s representational identity, not only continues to demonstrate similar patterns as those in academic journals but also because of their wider reach, the ‘truths’ presented as common sense are transmitted beyond universities and policy-makers to the general global audience. In that sense these journals play a vital role in naturalizing representational identities. Consequently, these journals become important cogs in the knowledge production machinery through which ‘Pakistan’ is marketed not only to local audiences, which include policy-makers, academics and policy experts but to the general International Affairs reader across the globe.
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