CASS - Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies

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Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Government & Politics
Might of the Right

Might of the Right

President Macron was in the lead in the first round of the French Presidential Elections, securing 27.8% votes, trailed closely by far-right leader Marine Le Pen with 23.1%. Once again, thus, Emmanuel Macron will […]

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Counter Terrorism
Revisiting Counterterrorism Strategies of Pakistan

Revisiting Counterterrorism Strategies of Pakistan

Since the War on Terror, Pakistan has lost more than 83,000 lives and borne economic losses of more than USD126 billion. To crumble terrorism, Pakistan decided to conduct internal military operations following which there […]

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Government & Politics
Significance of Political Security

Significance of Political Security

According to Human Development Report 1994, “New Dimensions of Human Security,” which was prepared by the Committee headed by a renowned Pakistani economist Dr Mahbub ul Haq, the elements of human security include economic […]

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Defense
Protracted Wars may Become Counterproductive

Protracted Wars may Become Counterproductive

2500 years ago, the Chinese sage Sun Tzu laid certain strategic precepts which not only remain valid but are widely practised across the globe. Sun Tzu’s masterpiece The Art of War has been translated […]

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Defense
Rise of Mercenary Warfare & Wither Chivalry

Rise of Mercenary Warfare & Wither Chivalry

‘There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, War is all hell.’ This is a famous quote attributed to the Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman, […]

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Emerging Technologies
Promoting Technology-driven Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Promoting Technology-driven Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

The world is proceeding towards digitalisation at an unbelievably fast pace. Emphasising its importance, Marc Andreessen, an American entrepreneur wrote , ‘Software is eating the world’. Indeed, digitalisation has revolutionised every other field of […]

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Emerging Technologies
Satellite Internet

Satellite Internet

Globalization has benefited both the developed and developing nations by providing them access to unexplored markets and cultures around the world through various innovative technologies and communication channels. To reap its maximum benefits, the […]

652 views

Kashmir
Systematic Genocide of Kashmiris

Systematic Genocide of Kashmiris

Historically, weaker nations and communities have often been ruthlessly exterminated by the stronger in wars, ethnic clashes, tribal rifts, and imperial conquests. These exterminations were fictitiously justified through the then prevalent assumed theories and […]

325 views

International Economy
The Pivotal Islamic Development Bank

The Pivotal Islamic Development Bank

The 48th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which was held in Islamabad, laid an important and due emphasis on collective effort towards solving the problems of the Ummah as a whole, as encapsulated […]

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Cyber
Dual Use of Cyber Surveillance Tools & the Case of Pegasus

Dual Use of Cyber Surveillance Tools & the Case of Pegasus

The continuous evolution of cyber capabilities has proportionally raised the risk of cyber warfare, cybercrimes, cyber surveillance, etc. Advancement in cyber capabilities and their dual nature is perceived by many as a national security […]

559 views

Human Rights
Addressing the Challenge of Overpopulation in Pakistan

Addressing the Challenge of Overpopulation in Pakistan

Exponential growth of the human population is posing a serious threat to the limited resources of planet Earth. This indiscriminate increase is causing depletion of available resources rendering the environment less sustainable and unsuitable […]

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Defense
Let’s Embrace Realizm to Avert Wars and Conflict

Let’s Embrace Realizm to Avert Wars and Conflict

When I first introduced the most referred International Relation’s “Theory of Realism” as “Realizm,” a lot of questions were raised on its veracity and applicability. The sole purpose of offering this new nomenclature was […]

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Government & Politics
National Security Policy of Pakistan and Federal-Provincial Coordination

National Security Policy of Pakistan and Federal-Provincial Coordination

In a welcome development, the Prime Minister of Pakistan launched the country’s first National Security Policy (NSP) on 14 January 2022. Of significant importance is the shift that the policy has brought by adopting […]

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Nuclear
BrahMos Missile Incident: India’s Strategic Irresponsibility or Incompetence?

BrahMos Missile Incident: India’s Strategic Irresponsibility or Incompetence?

In the complex contemporary global, regional, and domestic environment, dominated by the Russia-Ukraine War, post-US withdrawal Afghanistan, growing internal security challenges and political dynamics in Pakistan, the recent incident of the Indian cruise missile […]

662 views

Nuclear
How India’s Misguided Missile Could Have Sparked a Nuclear War

How India’s Misguided Missile Could Have Sparked a Nuclear War

On March 10, 2022, the director-general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) held a press briefing and announced that a day earlier, on March 9, 2022, a supersonic projectile that originated in India had […]

374 views

International Economy
The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict: An Economics  Research Agenda

The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict: An Economics Research Agenda

The eruption of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine in early 2022 left many observers worried about the state of the world in several domains: the disruption to the global economy, the application of cross-domain […]

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Emerging Technologies
Cyber Warfare: A Weapon of Mass Disruption

Cyber Warfare: A Weapon of Mass Disruption

Cyberwarfare in its present form may be a new phenomenon, but the concept is as old as warfare itself. In the olden days also, rivals made efforts to physically disrupt the communication systems of […]

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National Narrative
23rd March: A Day for Self-Assessment

23rd March: A Day for Self-Assessment

23rd March 1940 holds great significance for the Pakistani nation. It marks the day when Indian Muslims showed their firm intent to practice their right of self-determination and secure a better future for the […]

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Government & Politics
A Pop Quiz on South Asia

A Pop Quiz on South Asia

The renowned US columnist Charley Reese once compiled a ‘Pop Quiz on Middle East’ which was published in ‘Orlando Sentinel’ – the leading newspaper of Orlando, Florida, on 8 February 1998. The quiz served to further […]

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India
India’s Radioactive Bazaar

India’s Radioactive Bazaar

While global markets are taking a dip due to economic recession, India’s illicit uranium market seems to be flourishing unabated. Earlier this year in February, eight people were apprehended in Nepal, including two Indian […]

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India
Was it Really an Accident?

Was it Really an Accident?

At a time when a full-scale war in Ukraine entered the 14th day, with Russian troops on the outskirts of Capital Kyiv, India accidentally fires a missile into Pakistan’s territory on the night of 9th […]

337 views

Environment
A Case for Making Pakistani Cities Green

A Case for Making Pakistani Cities Green

For many city-dwellers, urban green spaces, or the lack thereof, might only matter due to their role in beautifying the environment and providing sites for recreation. However, a lack of such spaces could have […]

685 views

Global view
The New World Order 2.0

The New World Order 2.0

While Pakistan has been engaged in an intense debate about “geostrategy” and “geo-economics,” geopolitics has taken over global affairs by storm. Geopolitical considerations, based on supreme national interests as dictated by classical realism with […]

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International Economy
 Their Map, Our Territory

Their Map, Our Territory

The former chair of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, attempted in his mea culpa, The Map and the Territory to explain why central banks failed to foresee the 2008 financial crisis, and argued […]

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