Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

International Economy
A Confession about FATF

A Confession about FATF

In what can only be termed an abject confession of his government's culpability, the Indian external minister S. Jaishankar recently said that India has been playing a direct hand in the manipulation of the […]

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India
Indian Military Procurements: A Scandalous Affair

Indian Military Procurements: A Scandalous Affair

India, the world’s largest democracy and a non-NPT nuclear weapons’ state, is plagued with scandals for military procurements. Despite stringent and painstaking bureaucratic processes for the approvals of defence procurements, India has perhaps the […]

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India
Cocktail of Islamophobia and Misogyny in India

Cocktail of Islamophobia and Misogyny in India

Recently, more than 80 Muslim women were put up for sale on an open software development site called GitHub without their consent or knowledge. The photos of the women were posted on the app […]

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Regional security/Region
Taliban are Afghans only and not Pakistanis

Taliban are Afghans only and not Pakistanis

Pakistan may have helped an incoming government in Afghanistan led by Taliban leader Mullah Omer with the help and support of other allies to avert a civil war in post-Soviet withdrawal in 1996. However, Afghan […]

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Regional security/Region
Mapping the Terrorist Threat from Afghanistan

Mapping the Terrorist Threat from Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains the focus of terrorism concerns of regional and international powers. With such concerns, the expected spillover of cross border terrorism from the militant groups like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), hiding in Afghanistan, is […]

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Aerospace
Hybrid Character of Aerospace Power

Hybrid Character of Aerospace Power

The use of the term ‘hybrid’ has become exceedingly common; its true meaning, however, can be seen in the domain of aerospace power. The evolution of airpower immediately attracted the strategists, who started to use […]

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Regional security/Region
Peace in the Subcontinent: Off-track Once Again

Peace in the Subcontinent: Off-track Once Again

Pakistan and India have remained entangled in a matrix that they can neither disregard nor resolve since the departure of the British colonizers. Despite attempts to normalize relations, unresolved issues and disputes continue to […]

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Government & Politics
Pakistan Already has a Full Plate to Deal With

Pakistan Already has a Full Plate to Deal With

Pakistan has its plate full when it comes to playing a productive role in the international affairs. On the security front, Pakistan’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Kashmir, are recognised at regional and […]

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India
The Sick Man of Asia

The Sick Man of Asia

Although much of the world is preparing to move past the Covid-19 pandemic, with large immunization programs and the reopening of economic activity, there is one country that has, since the beginning of 2021, […]

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India
On Trade with India

On Trade with India

In both India and Pakistan, there are voices that advocate for better trading ties as a “win-win situation,” arguing that economic rapprochement is either (1) a circuitous route to normalizing relations which bypasses political […]

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Global view
The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Commentary on Israel’s War Crimes

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Commentary on Israel’s War Crimes

The Israel-Palestine conflict is reckoned as one of the enduring conflicts of contemporary times with the ‘’Question of Palestine’’ being on the United Nations (UN) agenda since 1947. This conflict exacerbated because of the […]

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India
All Hands Count

All Hands Count

Recent public disagreement between Gen Bipin Rawat and ACM RKS Bhadauria demonstrates a serious disconnect and grave absence of understanding at the highest command level. Though, professionally it’s extremely unfortunate to witness a discord […]

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Regional security/Region
Afghanistan: Important Questions for the Future

Afghanistan: Important Questions for the Future

The United States, the world’s leading economy, with trillions of dollars flowing into the international system annually through the American economic machine, has for the past twenty years seen Afghanistan as a hazard. In particular, […]

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International Economy
A Sober Look at the FATF

A Sober Look at the FATF

There was substantial hope in Pakistan that the recent plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) would finally remove the country from the grey list, and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister had earlier correctly stated […]

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Regional security/Region
Piecing Together the Afghan Puzzle

Piecing Together the Afghan Puzzle

History is being made in Afghanistan as the greatest military power in human history is leaving Afghanistan after sacrificing two thousand three hundred and fifty-two American lives, spending two decades and more than two […]

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India
Strategy of Stage Management

Strategy of Stage Management

States, at times, take actions that neither have rationale nor can be explained or justified. But, there is always a purpose behind it. India is no different. For it does not miss an opportunity […]

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Domestic Economy
Keynes & Pakistan’s Budget

Keynes & Pakistan’s Budget

The process of budgeting involves planning and allocating funds to different activities and sectors of the economy. In Pakistan, the annual budget is a hot topic making headlines not because it is passed in […]

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Nuclear
India’s Unsafe Nuclear Program

India’s Unsafe Nuclear Program

In India, the theft and smuggling of nuclear materials has been happening quite frequently and the international community has become negligent towards its obligation of demanding responsible nuclear behavior from the state. In fact, […]

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Government & Politics
‘Do More’ — ‘Absolutely Not’

‘Do More’ — ‘Absolutely Not’

Clear thinking and full institutional backing has led Pakistan’s Prime Minister to declare unequivocally that there is ‘absolutely no’ chance that we will allow the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) any bases or permission to […]

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International Economy
Interplay of Shock Therapy & Authoritarianism

Interplay of Shock Therapy & Authoritarianism

Economics is the science of ideas. In the early days of human history, economics as a separate discipline was non-existent, and all the economic discourse of the day was analyzed through the lens of […]

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Defense
Russia Eyes the S-500 Air Defense System

Russia Eyes the S-500 Air Defense System

"Air superiority is the ultimate expression of military power." Winston Churchill Airpower has always been one of the decisive factors in warfare given that airborne means of attack have the potential to inflict considerable damage […]

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COVID-19
COVID-19 and Woes of Online Education in the Global South

COVID-19 and Woes of Online Education in the Global South

The education system in the developing world is marred by several challenges such as dearth of qualified teaching staff, inadequate infrastructure facilities, and lack of government spending on the sector, amongst others. These challenges […]

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India
The S-400 Deal: Will India be able to Balance Relations with Russia and the US?

The S-400 Deal: Will India be able to Balance Relations with Russia and the US?

Filling Two Needs with One Deed In military equipment procurement, the Indian Armed Forces are a prime example of chasing the newest, the shiniest, the most remarkable item that everybody says is going to “change […]

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Cyber
Militarisation of Social Media: A New Threat to  National Security?

Militarisation of Social Media: A New Threat to National Security?

Social media is internet-based applications designed for users to share varied content that could include intra-personal, inter-personal, individual to group’s thoughts, opinions, inclinations, affiliations, and information in the form of photos, videos, or text. While […]

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