Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Regional security/Region
Saudi-Iran Rivalry: Implications for Pakistan

Saudi-Iran Rivalry: Implications for Pakistan

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been locked in a bitter competition for power and influence in the Middle East for decades. The age-old rivalry between them is aggravated by ideology, nationalism, race for regional […]

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India
Regional Implications of BECA between US and India

Regional Implications of BECA between US and India

The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) is ‘an agreement signed between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the US Department of Defence and the Defence Ministry of India on 27 October 2020 during 2+2 […]

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Afghanistan
Rays of Hope in Kabul’s Winter

Rays of Hope in Kabul’s Winter

At the time of Kabul’s fall in August 2021, it was already evident to some observers that the people of Afghanistan would face an imminent crisis without the wholehearted assistance of the international community. […]

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Government & Politics
Significance of National Security Policy of Pakistan

Significance of National Security Policy of Pakistan

In today’s complex and uncertain global environment, there is nothing more important than security, whether it is for an individual, community, or state. However, in a changing paradigm, no state can ensure its national […]

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India
Indian Festivities over the S-400 Air Defense System

Indian Festivities over the S-400 Air Defense System

Arrival of the S-400 air defense system (ADS) is being marked with festive celebrations in India with the media tagging the system as a game-changing technology. Their excitement can be felt from the fact […]

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Defense
Non-traditional Security Challenges to Pakistan

Non-traditional Security Challenges to Pakistan

The territorial integrity of any sovereign state remains a vital interest for which it can go to war with any adversary. Historically, territorial disputes were the main source of wars and conflicts between nations […]

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Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies & Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia

Emerging Technologies & Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia

The growing use of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cyber weapons, space, and remote sensing technologies in defence capabilities have completely changed the dynamics of warfare. It has introduced additional challenges […]

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International Economy
The Currency Switch

The Currency Switch

A utopian dream for cryptocurrencies is to operate in countries with liberty, where the government has the least control over the financial systems. A most recent, unforeseen event was El Salvador’s announcement of Bitcoin […]

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Afghanistan
The Endgame

The Endgame

The hasty withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021 was seen by some as the endgame to their longest-running “forever war”; a 20-year occupation which bled trillions of dollars with little on […]

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Government & Politics
Areas of Cooperation between the US and Pakistan

Areas of Cooperation between the US and Pakistan

Since the withdrawal of the US/NATO forces from Afghanistan, US-Pakistan relations are standing on the edge of a cliff and at crossroads. Nevertheless, despite the undesired agitation between the two nations, there is still room […]

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Regional security/Region
Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Impact on Regional Security

Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Impact on Regional Security

The US is preparing India as a lead nation to challenge China’s rise as a regional power with global ambitions. The US understands that India does not have the necessary wherewithal to contest China […]

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Emerging Technologies
Efficacy of Airborne Laser Weapons in Future Warfare

Efficacy of Airborne Laser Weapons in Future Warfare

Not so long ago, laser weapons were only an idea depicted in sci-fi movies. While it was exciting to see how high-powered lasers could be used as weapons against an enemy force, the actual […]

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Environment
El Nino and La Nina: Effects on Region and Pakistan

El Nino and La Nina: Effects on Region and Pakistan

Introduction to El-Nino and La Nina The terms El Nino and La Nina refer to Pacific Ocean weather phenomenon that oscillates temperature back and forth from warm temperature to cooler and vice versa. El-Nino refers […]

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Society
Cultural Adventurism leads to Societal Confusion

Cultural Adventurism leads to Societal Confusion

At the outset, let me explain my definition of cultural adventurism and how it is different from cultural invasion. The phenomenon of cultural invasion is as old as the process of colonization. It was […]

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Domestic Economy
Going Beyond Normalcy

Going Beyond Normalcy

 Pakistan is a developing country whose resilience is best exhibited through the behavior of its public in times of crisis. Be it in the response to natural disasters, or epidemics and public health crises, […]

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Domestic Economy
 The Lynch Mob Economy

The Lynch Mob Economy

The tragic lynching of Mr. Priyantha Kumara by an incited mob is a painful episode for Pakistan and Sri Lanka alike, since they enjoy warm fraternal relations and a great deal of common understanding. […]

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Afghanistan
Spoilers cannot be Peace Builders

Spoilers cannot be Peace Builders

Pakistan has been a major proponent of a peaceful Afghanistan not only in its own interest but also for the larger interest of the region. However, India has consistently played the role of a […]

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Domestic Economy
Control the Corrupt-o-Currency to Save Pakistan’s Economy

Control the Corrupt-o-Currency to Save Pakistan’s Economy

Pakistan’s economic woes continue without any worthwhile respite to the people of the country. In spite of the incumbent government’s efforts and claims about the stabilisation of macroeconomic indicators and positive projections about the […]

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Emerging Technologies
The Quantum Technologies Race between the US & China

The Quantum Technologies Race between the US & China

Revolutionizing Technology Modern technologies and their applications have transformed human life. Some of these technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and space technology, are offering groundbreaking capabilities in both civilian and military domains. Similarly, in […]

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COVID-19
The Good Messengers

The Good Messengers

The dissemination of critical information about natural disasters, including pandemics, is premised on international cooperation with transparency and good faith. This requires countries to alert the world as soon as they can about the […]

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Afghanistan
Disbanded Afghan Security Forces, Reinforcing IS-K and Regional Security

Disbanded Afghan Security Forces, Reinforcing IS-K and Regional Security

The Taliban became the de facto rulers of Afghanistan on 15th August 2021 after the fall of Kabul. Although the fall of Afghanistan did not transpire overnight, the pace at which it occurred and […]

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India
The Plight of Indian Muslims: On and Off the Pitch

The Plight of Indian Muslims: On and Off the Pitch

The targeted marginalization of Indian Muslims is not novel for those who follow Indian politics. The repeated repressive attitude towards minorities, specifically Muslims has become an accepted norm in the Indian society. The ICC […]

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Regional security/Region
China: A Helping Hand to Afghanistan

China: A Helping Hand to Afghanistan

Following the fall of Kabul, and departure of the last US cargo planes from Afghanistan, the Taliban celebrated victory and declared complete independence from foreign occupation on 30 August 2021. They subsequently announced an […]

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Nuclear
China’s FOBS Test was not a ‘Sputnik Moment’

China’s FOBS Test was not a ‘Sputnik Moment’

The news of China launching a rocket using a “Fractional Orbital Bombardment System” (FOBS) to propel a nuclear-capable “hypersonic glide vehicle” around the world has initiated an animated debate in US strategic circles. After the […]

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