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Filippo Boni

Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences



Filippo Boni is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and a member of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS). His PhD thesis focuses on bilateral ties between Pakistan and China, particularly looking at how the civil-military interplay in Pakistan has consequences on the "all-weather" friendship with China. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Relations both from LUISS University (Rome) and an MRes from the University of Nottingham. His PhD is funded by the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence and the IAPS Tomlinson Award.

Research Summary

Thesis Title: Civil-military relations in Pakistan and the effects on the strategic partnership with China.


The civil-military interplay in Pakistan is one of the most interesting aspects to understand the political parabola of the "Land of the Pure", since the peculiar relations between the military, particularly the army, and the democratically elected leaders have de facto shaped the country's political history and foreign policy. This PhD dissertation examines the links which occur between Pakistan developments in domestic politics and the country's foreign policy, particularly looking at economic and military ties between Islamabad and Beijing.

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