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Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Domestic Economy
Reprieve and mercy

Reprieve and mercy

The violent tremors of the coronavirus pandemic have been felt across the developing world, and despite the comparative success of some developing countries in managing the immunological fallout of COVID-19, the economic burden placed […]

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International Economy
IMF: Austerity & Security

IMF: Austerity & Security

The 1970s witnessed a plethora of economic challenges such as high inflation, high unemployment, rising oil prices caused by the Arab embargo, declining profitability of businesses, and productivity of workers, etc. These crises culminated […]

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Government & Politics
The US & Russia ‘Wreaked Havoc’ In Afghanistan & It Is Time For An Official Apology

The US & Russia ‘Wreaked Havoc’ In Afghanistan & It Is Time For An Official Apology

Imagine Afghanistan. What do you see? Do you visualize poverty, refugees, drugs, suppressed voices, oppressed women, and structural violence? Surely, Afghanistan tells a tale of destruction, terror, fear, and misery. Today, the blueprints of disaster, inflicted since the […]

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Government & Politics
The Diaspora Fetish

The Diaspora Fetish

It has been a longstanding observation that the Pakistani diaspora is a vital national asset and a core ingredient of the country’s potential for prosperity. After all, they wield deep pools of “capital” in […]

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Defense
Trilateral Arms Control Initiative between US, Russia and China

Trilateral Arms Control Initiative between US, Russia and China

Since the Cold War and disintegration of Soviet Union, various nuclear arms control agreements have remained an important component of the bilateral relationship between the United States (US) and Russia. In fact, these have […]

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Covid-19/ Economy
How Has Globalisation fared in the  Days of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

How Has Globalisation fared in the Days of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Thomas Friedman commented, ‘there can be different brands of free-market vanilla, but, in the end, if you want higher standards of living in a world without walls, the free market is the only ideological […]

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Airforce
India’s Acquisition of Rafale Fighter Jets: Does Pakistan Need to Panic?

India’s Acquisition of Rafale Fighter Jets: Does Pakistan Need to Panic?

The first batch of 5 Rafale jets landed at the Ambala airbase in India on 29th July, 2020. The induction of these fourth-generation jets has been hailed widely in India and the notion prevails that […]

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Economy
While FATF sleeps

While FATF sleeps

The world was yet again left aghast by the scale of global money laundering when the recent FinCEN leaks were brought to public attention. The litany of files, assiduously studied and revealed by the […]

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COVID-19
پاکستان کی کورونا وائرس کے خلاف کامیابی کی اہم وجوہات

پاکستان کی کورونا وائرس کے خلاف کامیابی کی اہم وجوہات

  جب 2020 کے آغاز میں کورونا وائرس (کووِڈ- 19) کی تیزی سے دنیا بھر میں پھیلنے کی خبر پہنچی تھی تو اس وقت پاکستان ایک معاشی بحران سے گزر رہا تھا اور قومی طبی […]

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CPEC
Iran joining the BRI: An Opportunity for Pakistan

Iran joining the BRI: An Opportunity for Pakistan

China, through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is on course to reset the state’s bilateral ties. The most recent example is the news of Iran joining the BRI under an economic/security agreement worth […]

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Regional security/Region
Impacts of Indian and Russian Coziness over US and Indian Defense Relations: The Case of S-400

Impacts of Indian and Russian Coziness over US and Indian Defense Relations: The Case of S-400

In a multipolar world, the significance of alliances to counter adversaries remains at the forefront of strategic planning. Alliances provide a comparative advantage and added strength against the adversary. Despite the commitment and value, […]

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COVID-19
A Tale of Two Lockdowns

A Tale of Two Lockdowns

The Modi government is culpable for two separate lockdowns over the past two years, one in the occupied territory of Kashmir and one on the Indian mainland. Hardly six months apart, both lockdowns have […]

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Society
Pakistan’s Narrative

Pakistan’s Narrative

Pakistan was created as a result of a long and gruelling politico-legal battle by the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his able associates. The Quaid wanted to stay within united India, provided the political […]

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COVID-19
Pakistan’s early victories against coronavirus

Pakistan’s early victories against coronavirus

As with all countries, the coronavirus pandemic has been a foremost concern for governments and societies seeking to strike a balance between preserving both lives and livelihoods. Although many countries continue to suffer exacting […]

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Cyber
The emerging threat of Indian cyber warfare against Pakistan

The emerging threat of Indian cyber warfare against Pakistan

Technology, though essentially an element of national power has also become a pivotal national security risk for the nation statesin recent decades. The growing reliance of states on cyberspace and digital networks has revolutionized […]

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Government & Politics
Balance Between Economic Growth & Environmental Protection in CPEC

Balance Between Economic Growth & Environmental Protection in CPEC

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought with it some environmental concerns. The trillion-dollar project encompassing `six continents is designed to accelerate economic growth by focusing on infrastructure developments, economic/industrial zones, road […]

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India
Why the S 400 would not serve India’s purpose?

Why the S 400 would not serve India’s purpose?

The Indian military is on a spree of sophisticated defence procurements from around the world. It has manifested active engagement in defence alliances to buttress its military force posture. Indian military modernization, however, suffers […]

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Global view
US-China Tensions: Pacific Deterrence Initiative and Alliances

US-China Tensions: Pacific Deterrence Initiative and Alliances

The US-China tensions have escalated to their worst since the pandemic. The strategic and geopolitical frictions especially in the Indo-Pacific region are witnessing an ascending trajectory. The Chinese influence in South China Sea looms […]

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Defense
Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Act 1 (February 2019): India undertakes ‘non-military’ surgical strikes across the international boundary. The failure of the attack and the ensuing successful Pakistan Air Force counter strike forces the Indian Prime Minister to remark […]

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India
The Abettors of Rage

The Abettors of Rage

Over the past few years, the global public has articulated an increasing concern about the influence that social media platforms might exert on a society when co-opted by vested political interests. More specifically, there […]

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India
India’s Military Modernization: A Risk to Strategic Equilibrium

India’s Military Modernization: A Risk to Strategic Equilibrium

In a bid to ascend the world stage, India is swiftly modernizing her military and upgrading the defense inventory. The recent induction of "Rafale", French origin fighter in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and […]

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Kashmir
365 Days of Curfew

365 Days of Curfew

Last week thousands of people protested in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions–mandatory masks, social distancing and limited gatherings. Many in the affluent western European state regard the curbs imposed to contain the spread of the […]

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Nuclear
The Lasting Relevance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Case of Syria

The Lasting Relevance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Case of Syria

A history of conventions, agreements, and treaties runs throughout human civilisation. The 19th and 20th Centuries witnessed a rise in such conventions, thereby paving the way to cap burgeoning conflicts globally. Yet, despite such […]

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Airforce
Rafale induction and South Asian strategic stability

Rafale induction and South Asian strategic stability

Ever since attaining independence in 1947, India has remained a cause of disturbance and conflict in the region, and the most distrusted country by its neighbours. It started with deceitfully moving troops into the […]

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