Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Regional security/Region
Post-US Exit Scenarios for Afghanistan and Regional Turmoil

Post-US Exit Scenarios for Afghanistan and Regional Turmoil

Regional peace is not the responsibility of a single state rather it demands collective efforts and strategies. Neighbouring states must play a prominent and proactive role in this regard. If Afghanistan descends into absolute […]

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Government & Politics
Ghani Must Not Become Najibullah

Ghani Must Not Become Najibullah

It will be very unfortunate for the poor people of Afghanistan if a repeat of 1990s occurs, where, after defeating one of the two superpowers of the time — the Soviet Union — Afghans […]

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Regional security/Region
Afghanistan and the Region

Afghanistan and the Region

President Biden’s announcement to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 has drawn extreme reactions ranging from surprise to dismay. While the US administration itself is against the withdrawal, many political and […]

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Regional security/Region
Proposed Peace Plan for South Asia

Proposed Peace Plan for South Asia

The value of peace is invaluable and cannot be measured, sought through sacrifices of the generations, and yet is not guaranteed. Ask the people of Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Rohingya […]

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Environment
The Conflict-Environment Nexus

The Conflict-Environment Nexus

Environmental protection has emerged as one of the key priorities of the 21st Century. The importance of environment has been repeatedly highlighted at various national and international platforms. 5th June is marked as World […]

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Regional security/Region
Terrorism: A Lingering Threat to South Asian Peace

Terrorism: A Lingering Threat to South Asian Peace

On April 7 this year, the US government’s National Intelligence Council released an assessment about risks of large-scale war between two archrivals “India and Pakistan” in its Global Trends report 2040, produced after every four years.  […]

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Domestic Economy
A GDP Surprise

A GDP Surprise

The National Accounts Committee (NAC) recently signed off on an annualized projected GDP figure for the current fiscal year of 3.94%, which seems astounding to many. Aside from technical aspects of the accounting process, […]

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Human Rights
Israeli Bombardments & Silence of Global Powers

Israeli Bombardments & Silence of Global Powers

Israel’s atrocities on the Palestinian population reignited this month as Israeli forces carried out aerial strikes over Gaza for 11 consecutive days. The Israeli forces demonstrated the height of insensitivity and irrationality during this […]

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Defense
US-China Rivalry: US Lockheed Martin F-35 Sale to the UAE

US-China Rivalry: US Lockheed Martin F-35 Sale to the UAE

The UAE is reportedly purchasing US's fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets. The expected delivery date of this purchase is scheduled for after 2025, and it is anticipated that F-35s would be operational […]

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Society
Policy Perspectives on Pakistan’s Population Explosion

Policy Perspectives on Pakistan’s Population Explosion

Pakistan is grappling with a plethora of socioeconomic challenges. While the country is consistently making progress in resolving many such issues, some areas still suffer from policymaker’s apathy and require due attention. Population explosion […]

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India
South Asia's Testing Times

South Asia's Testing Times

South Asia is resilient to all kinds of external pressures and perforations. Rather, internal tensions amongst regional states oscillate this region from stability to instability and vice versa. This time its resilience is being […]

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India
Indian Military Modernisation: Response Options for Pakistan Air Force

Indian Military Modernisation: Response Options for Pakistan Air Force

As a result of developments in advanced technology, rigorous training and the role of leadership at the operational level of war, airpower has now reached a point where it has become truly strategic in […]

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Domestic Economy
 Squeezing the Salaried Class

Squeezing the Salaried Class

Pakistan’s salaried class serves the role of a steadied backbone in our otherwise rough-and-tumble economic life. Their salaries are subject to taxation that offers the slimmest modicum of tax effort in a country with […]

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India
COVID-19 Lessons from our Neighbor

COVID-19 Lessons from our Neighbor

In the past two weeks, we have witnessed heartbreaking images which depict the horrible state of COVID-19 in neighboring India. The ongoing pandemic has taken an extremely dangerous form there and it is a […]

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Defense
  Pakistan-Turkey Strategic Partnership

Pakistan-Turkey Strategic Partnership

Alliances and partnerships have always been a core element of states’ strategies both during conflict and for cooperation. As the world order, marked by US hegemony, is being challenged with ever-increasing globalization and renewed […]

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Regional security/Region
Pakistan and India Rapprochement

Pakistan and India Rapprochement

News reports about backdoor contacts between Pakistan and India have recently emerged and the flexibility in statements by the government officials of the two states also suggest the same. According to media,United Arab Emirates […]

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International Economy
Inequality & Insecurity: An Unorthodox Correlation

Inequality & Insecurity: An Unorthodox Correlation

Among the many economic challenges that Pakistan faces, the issue of inequality often gets neglected and is seldom discussed. With the publications of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Pakistan National Human Development Report […]

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Emerging Technologies
Is Pakistan’s Cyber Security Strong Enough to Protect the Country?

Is Pakistan’s Cyber Security Strong Enough to Protect the Country?

The authors highlight the vulnerabilities within Pakistan's cyber-security system. There are cyber laws in place by the government, however, they do not adequately understand the growing sophistication of cyber-attacks. With the growth and spread of […]

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Regional security/Region
Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Pakistan’s Security Dilemma

Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Pakistan’s Security Dilemma

Pakistan and India were part of opposing camps during the Cold War. While Pakistan was closely aligned with the US, India chose to side with the Soviet Union. However, following the demise of the […]

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Defense
 Turkey and the S-400 Crisis

Turkey and the S-400 Crisis

Failing to secure a deal with the United States (US) and other NATO countries for an air defense system, Turkey turned to Russia for the S-400 air defense system. In 2017, Turkey signed a […]

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Government & Politics
Quetta Attack: Lessons for Pakistan

Quetta Attack: Lessons for Pakistan

Pakistan witnessed a very significant decline in acts of terrorism over the past few years. Reduction in terrorism-related violence was mainly attributable to decisions by the political leadership, public support and efforts as well […]

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Society
The Funeral Pyres

The Funeral Pyres

The funeral pyres are burning brightly across India these days, as 3 lakh daily cases and nearly 3000 daily coronavirus deaths are being reported in the official statistics. Given that there is persistent under-reporting […]

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Government & Politics
Russian Foreign Minister’s Pakistan Visit: Revamping Lost Ties

Russian Foreign Minister’s Pakistan Visit: Revamping Lost Ties

It is once again proven that there is no permanent ally or enemy in the global political order, rather only permanent interests. Despite the repeated attempts of warming up bilateral ties in the past, […]

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Government & Politics
The Ghost of Afghanistan Past: A Challenge for the Biden Administration

The Ghost of Afghanistan Past: A Challenge for the Biden Administration

Following signing of a peace agreement between the US government and Afghan Taliban on February 29, 2020, which established a timetable for withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in May 2021, the new Biden […]

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