Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Global view
US-China Relations: A Relative Calm in Great Power Rivalry?

US-China Relations: A Relative Calm in Great Power Rivalry?

With President Joe Biden in office, the erstwhile tense relations between China and the United States are witnessing a relative calm. In his address to US Congress on the eve of his first hundred […]

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Human Rights
Human Security Equals National Security

Human Security Equals National Security

Human security is the most important element of national security. It relates to basic human needs: food, health, economic, environmental, personal, community, and political, however, none would be possible without a concerted effort for […]

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Domestic Economy
The Back-on-our-Feet-Budget

The Back-on-our-Feet-Budget

Although it has already been tirelessly analyzed by pundits across the political and economic spheres, the best way to characterize the underlying message of the Budget 2021-22 is that Pakistan is “back on its […]

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International Economy
The Miracle in Bengal

The Miracle in Bengal

In recent months, it has been frequently discussed in economic and media circles across South Asia that Bangladesh has surpassed India and Pakistan on the basis of GDP per capita. Having recorded many years […]

314 views

Government & Politics
Turning a Challenge into an Opportunity

Turning a Challenge into an Opportunity

When COVID-19 first appeared in the city of Wuhan, China in November 2019, most of the western countries were seen criticising the Chinese government for poor governance and laboratory failure. However, when this menace […]

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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
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 […]

461 views

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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