Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Domestic Economy
The Case for Cryptocurrencies

The Case for Cryptocurrencies

There is a burgeoning conversation in Pakistan around the use and ownership of an asset class commonly known as “cryptocurrencies.” While heightened investor, academic, and regulatory interest in this new form of economic capital […]

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Regional security/Region
On Strategic Competition between China and US

On Strategic Competition between China and US

US-China partnership is deemed paramount in the 21st Century. Nonetheless, strategic rivalry between the two states has been intensifying in recent months. White House officials have lashed out at China at various world forums, […]

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International Economy
COVID-19 & the Global Supply Chains

COVID-19 & the Global Supply Chains

The year 2020 has been characterized by great tumult: political upheavals, polarized elections, economic downturns, lockdowns, and job layoffs. In fact, in most cases, we can establish direct causation between the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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Government & Politics
Exploring Peace beyond Dogmas: Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Exploring Peace beyond Dogmas: Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Direct negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government began in Doha, Qatar on September 12, 2020 after a major demand regarding release of 5000 Taliban prisoners held by the government was met. The […]

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Global view
Globalisation Undeterred

Globalisation Undeterred

For all the pundits who have been heralding a firm and decisive “retreat” of globalisation in the past few years, there is now a stunning counterexample of resurgent globalisation in the world. In the […]

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Regional security/Region
Modern Technologies and Future Warfare: Drawing Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

Modern Technologies and Future Warfare: Drawing Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

As diplomatic and political efforts for three decades failed to resolve the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the two former Soviet republics apparently once again settled their political […]

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Global view
Summit of the Democracies

Summit of the Democracies

With President-Elect Joe Biden having declared victory in the 2020 presidential race, a new tenor for international economic and diplomatic engagement is likely to be set, which in Biden’s words is to “renew the […]

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International Economy
The Interplay of Economics & Defence

The Interplay of Economics & Defence

The second week of October unfolded as a sombre one for Pakistani citizens, especially our Armed Forces. On Thursday, October 15, terrorists ostensibly from banned outfits attacked and killed members of the armed services […]

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COVID-19
COVID-19 and the End of Globalization: True or Not So Much?

COVID-19 and the End of Globalization: True or Not So Much?

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, emerging in China in late 2019, the virus has infected more than 10 million people worldwide and has upended our way of life as we know it. […]

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Society
Sectarian Rift a Serious but not Endemic Issue in Pakistan

Sectarian Rift a Serious but not Endemic Issue in Pakistan

Pakistan has been unfortunate that even after seventy-three years of independence, it struggles to become a cohesive nation-state. While the pluralist character of Pakistani society and the challenges this poses to national integration are […]

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Emerging Technologies
The Need for a Cohesive National Action Plan

The Need for a Cohesive National Action Plan

While warfare is as old as human history and its basic objectives remain unchanged, its methods, means and techniques have continuously transformed with the evolution of technology. In modern times, the unacceptably high cost […]

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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 ‘Wrecked Havoc’ In Afghanistan & It Is Time For An Official Apology

The US & Russia ‘Wrecked 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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