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Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

International Economy
The Big Bazooka

The Big Bazooka

Amidst the full swing of contagion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, argued that her institution should wield a “big bazooka.” By using this expression, she sought to […]

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Global view
پاکستان کا امریکہ-چین سے تعلقات میں توازن

پاکستان کا امریکہ-چین سے تعلقات میں توازن

جیسا کہ چین امریکہ تعلقات میں ابتری کے اثرات جنوبی ایشیاء پر منڈلانا شروع ہوچکے ہیں، پاکستان کو پھونک پھونک کے قدم رکھنے کی ضرورت ہوگی۔ چین امریکہ تعلقات کی کشیدہ نوعیت اوربھارت سے […]

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Domestic Economy
CPEC: The Second Phase

CPEC: The Second Phase

Over the past few years, people of Pakistan are very enthusiastic to materialize the $60 Billion investment that is believed to be a game changer for both Pakistan and the region. It is worth […]

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Human Rights
 A Partnership for the Cure

A Partnership for the Cure

In the global vaccine drive against Covid-19, which began around the world in late 2020, developing countries came to find themselves at a considerable disadvantage in the procurement and distribution of dosages to their […]

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Airforce
Another Day of Pride for the Pakistan Air Force: February 27, 2019

Another Day of Pride for the Pakistan Air Force: February 27, 2019

After September 7, 1965, the Pakistan Air Force is marking February 27 as another day of pride following its resounding victory over the Indian Air Force in Operation Swift Retort in 2019. Exactly two […]

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Defense
Operation Swift Retort: The US and Chinese Response and Analysis

Operation Swift Retort: The US and Chinese Response and Analysis

Manipulation, Miscalculation, and Unintended Escalation Pakistan and India are trapped in an inherent security dilemma that is further complicated by the growing United States-China rivalry. While Pakistan is attempting to balance its relations with the […]

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Airforce
Need of  a Renewed Retort

Need of a Renewed Retort

27 February 2019 was undoubtedly an extraordinary day in the history of India-Pakistan military engagement. Pakistan, a supposedly small power in terms of conventional capabilities, on February 27, 2019 once and for all settled […]

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Regional security/Region
Operation Swift Retort and Misperceived Aggression

Operation Swift Retort and Misperceived Aggression

Two years have passed since India acted on the dangerous idea of conducting cross-border air strikes in the vicinity of Balakot, allegedly targeting Jaish-e-Muhamad (JeM) training camps. This irrational act of aggression was backed […]

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Regional security/Region
Lessons from Pulwama: A Prognosis of Future Military Conflicts in South Asia

Lessons from Pulwama: A Prognosis of Future Military Conflicts in South Asia

The South Asian strategic landscape is mainly characterized by the fierce animosity between the two nuclear-armed nations, India and Pakistan. The strategic calculus of the region became even more complex with the introduction of […]

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India
India’s Balakot Strike: An Analysis

India’s Balakot Strike: An Analysis

The suicide attack at a Pulwama check post by a Kashmiri youth, followed by the retaliatory Balakot strikes by the Indian Air Force, are perhaps the most intriguing events in the recent past that […]

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Airforce
Wright Brothers’ Invention in the Hands of a Bigot

Wright Brothers’ Invention in the Hands of a Bigot

Part 1: The Risk of Innovation When the Wright Brothers pioneered their first flight in December 1903, they were unaware that this same flight would ultimately lead to Abhinandan (slinged by Modi’s antics) in one […]

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International Economy
China’s Economy: Plebeians and Billionaires

China’s Economy: Plebeians and Billionaires

The news of Chinese billionaire businessman Jack Ma’s disappearance from the public scene is making rounds in the Chinese and international press for the last few weeks. Owing to the mystery surrounding his disappearance, […]

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Regional security/Region
Operation Swift Retort: Future Scenario

Operation Swift Retort: Future Scenario

Operation Swift Retort and subsequent events stands as the most instructive ones in the recent history of aerial conflicts between the two neighbouring South Asian nuclear-armed states. Two years after the Indian Air Force’s […]

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Regional security/Region
 Revisiting February 27, 2019:  PAF’s Befitting Reply to Indian Aggression

Revisiting February 27, 2019: PAF’s Befitting Reply to Indian Aggression

February 27, 2019 will haunt the Indian government for years to come. What was envisioned as an election-winning stunt turned into a major disaster. In February 2019, a suicide attack was carried out on […]

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Regional security/Region
The Interplay of Hindutva Belligerence & Indian Economic Decline

The Interplay of Hindutva Belligerence & Indian Economic Decline

February 27, 2021, marks the second anniversary of Operation Swift Retort when the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) effectively thwarted the thoughtless provocation and uncalled for aggression of the Indian Air Force (IAF) by downing […]

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Regional security/Region
Understanding Pulwama and Beyond

Understanding Pulwama and Beyond

According to renowned British strategist Sir James Cable, “the nuclearization of the subcontinent may have prevented the risks of full-scale or conventional war, but it has also “provided a kind of greenhouse in which […]

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Environment
President  Biden's Re-joins The  Paris Agreement: A Good Omen For The Planet

President Biden's Re-joins The Paris Agreement: A Good Omen For The Planet

Climate change is a persistent threat and its impacts are damaging the environment and worsening existing inequalities in the world. Rapidly melting glaciers in the North and South Poles is a major example where […]

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Regional security/Region
The Acts of Our Mercy

The Acts of Our Mercy

On February 26th, 2019 the Indian Air Force (IAF) engaged in an hasty misadventure against Pakistan, and was met with an immediate and impeccably executed response that later came to be known as Operation […]

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Domestic Economy
Extractive Institutions & Post-Colonial Pakistan

Extractive Institutions & Post-Colonial Pakistan

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson are amongst the most cited scholars in economics and social sciences. Both gentlemen are highly accomplished academics with research interests converging towards the political economy, economic history, labor economics, […]

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Domestic Economy
Pakistan’s Tax Woes & the ‘Notch’ Issues

Pakistan’s Tax Woes & the ‘Notch’ Issues

Pakistan is grappling with a plethora of economic challenges ranging from low economic growth, high unemployment, high inflation, and current account crisis, to name a few. Consequently, the country performs poorly across a range […]

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Government & Politics
Biden Administration and Future of Arms Control

Biden Administration and Future of Arms Control

With the international community involved in a rapid arms race, nuclear proliferation treaties are essential. The newly appointed Biden Administration's approach towards existing treaties will have a lasting impact on the future of arms […]

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Government & Politics
US-China Rivalry impacting India & Japan Asymmetrically

US-China Rivalry impacting India & Japan Asymmetrically

The US-China rivalry and their quest to mark their sphere of influence have entangled states in a dilemma – which side are they on? While many states are attempting to maintain a balance in […]

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Society
The ‘Neo-Liberalization’ of COVID Vaccine

The ‘Neo-Liberalization’ of COVID Vaccine

The invention of several coronavirus vaccines offers a glimmer of hope to contain a pandemic that has, thus far, killed 2.1 million people and resulted in the worst economic recession in 80 years. However, […]

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Global view
Morocco Recognizes Israel: Dying Hope of Self-Determination in West Sahara

Morocco Recognizes Israel: Dying Hope of Self-Determination in West Sahara

On December 10, 2020, the United States successfully brokered normalization of ties between Morocco and Israel. This makes Morocco, the oldest Arab monarchies, the sixth state in the MENA region to establish formal ties […]

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