Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Airforce
REMINISCING THE FEBRUARY STANDOFF

REMINISCING THE FEBRUARY STANDOFF

The vulture and the eagle soar In the same air, but in worlds apart – ­­Iqbal Tensions in the South Asian region intensified as the two neighbours, India and Pakistan, came at the crossroads of an […]

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Airforce
27th February: A Significant Anniversary

27th February: A Significant Anniversary

Ever since Mr Modi ascended the throne in New Delhi, Pakistan-India relations have taken a turn for the worse. The diplomatic communication the two neighbours had already broken down a long time ago. The […]

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Regional security/Region
Pulwama: Revisiting the Lessons

Pulwama: Revisiting the Lessons

The strategic environment in South Asia has its own characteristics, peculiarities, trends, and complexities. It has historically been in flux mainly because of the entrenched rivalry between two nuclear armed neighbors India and Pakistan. […]

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India
Pulwama attack: What Compelled Modi to Employ the Air Option?

Pulwama attack: What Compelled Modi to Employ the Air Option?

On February 14 last year, a native of the Pulwama district in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Adil Dar rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into the convoy of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), killing […]

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Defense
Indian (Mis) Leadership in Balakot Crisis

Indian (Mis) Leadership in Balakot Crisis

Leadership can be defined as “the process of influencing others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, direction, and motivation.” In the contemporary world, the changing dynamics, volatility, unpredictability, complexity, and uncertainty in warfare […]

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Aerospace
Aviatic Silk Road

Aviatic Silk Road

The ancient Silk Route, originating as far back as 200 BC, has a historic and cultural importance for the Asian Region. China is devoted to reviving the ancient Silk Route in the form of […]

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Domestic Economy
Getting Real about Real Estate Regulation

Getting Real about Real Estate Regulation

On the economic front, Pakistan is wrestling with multiple challenges among which revenue collection is foremost. Much of what is collected is being consumed in foreign debt servicing. There are various sectors that contribute […]

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Kashmir
Kashmir: Six Months After the Curfew

Kashmir: Six Months After the Curfew

This February marks the sixth month of curfew imposed on Kashmir. The curfew that was expected to last some days has now entered a stage where it is extremely strenuous to predict as to […]

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Cyber
Cyber Vulnerabilities of Pakistan

Cyber Vulnerabilities of Pakistan

The digital revolution is an intense transformation of the contemporary world. The most important outcome of this revolution is cyber technology, as every type of technology is somehow related to or dependent on it. […]

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Aerospace
Building a Space Economy

Building a Space Economy

Building a space economy is an issue of keen interest in many world capitals. But since most of the services that we rely on the most are space-based, it is important to note that […]

424 views

International Economy
Karmic justice and economics

Karmic justice and economics

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is an ultranationalist regime that has taken the reins of power in India on the basis of a self-proclaimed role to promote Hindutva. This self-professed obligation would bind […]

567 views

Regional security/Region
US-Iran confrontation: Implications for Pakistan

US-Iran confrontation: Implications for Pakistan

The killing of Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top commander and head of the Quds Force – a division of Iran’s influential Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), by the US military sparked fears of a perilous […]

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India
The Decade of Dying Secularism in India

The Decade of Dying Secularism in India

The road to restoration of ‘Hindu Glory’ and making India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ (a Hindu polity), began in May 2014 when Prime Minister Modi assumed power for the first time. The rise of Modi was […]

640 views

Regional security/Region
Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

The long-awaited results of presidential elections in Afghanistan were announced on 22 December. Amidst allegations of rigging, President Ashraf Ghani is set to lead Afghanistan for a second term. While on the US-Taliban negotiations […]

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International Economy
The trouble with economics

The trouble with economics

In both the Islamic and Western traditions, ‘economists’ were originally considered to be a category of moral philosophers. For example, Ibn-Khaldun was as much a moral thinker and historian as he was a forerunner […]

1108 views

International Economy
Economics and the Revisionist Mind

Economics and the Revisionist Mind

The revisionist mind is one that fails to reconcile with prevailing narratives, facts, or experiences. Whether in the outcomes of historical battles or the manipulation of undesirable economic figures, the revisionist mind goes about […]

652 views

Regional security/Region
US-Iran Crisis: Is it the Beginning of the End?

US-Iran Crisis: Is it the Beginning of the End?

The assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Head of IRGC’s (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) Quds Force was a serious provocation by the United States that had the potential of triggering another major conflict in the region. Communicating […]

607 views

Regional security/Region
A Dance of Blades

A Dance of Blades

Two years ago, Iran’s leader Rouhani addressed the UN General Assembly and warned the United States of America point blank to never engage in a raqs-e-shamsheer: a fatal dance of blades, with the Iranian […]

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Government & Politics
Education in Pakistan: A Case of Neglect

Education in Pakistan: A Case of Neglect

“The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law”, says Section 9 of the Constitution […]

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Defense
Will Gen Bipin as the New CDS Improve India’s Military Management Structure?

Will Gen Bipin as the New CDS Improve India’s Military Management Structure?

The Indian military is often criticized for not delivering in times of crisis. The Feb 2019 crisis is the most recent example that not only exposed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to domestic and […]

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Government & Politics
YEAR IN REVIEW: PAKISTAN IN 2019

YEAR IN REVIEW: PAKISTAN IN 2019

2019 has proven to be an eventful year for Pakistan, from the February Pulwama/Balakot crisis with India to diplomatic battles to avoid blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in October. The year […]

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Society
Pakistan's Experience with Student Unions

Pakistan's Experience with Student Unions

Student unions, sometimes called student councils, student governments, student associations, or guild of students, are such organisations which indulge students in various productive societal activities and play a significant task in protecting student rights […]

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Aerospace
SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER

SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER

Space-based technologies that have civil and military uses are drawing greater interest with more countries entering into this field. Development beyond peaceful uses i.e. weaponization of outer space is a growing concern for the […]

551 views

Domestic Economy
Economic Trends In Pakistan

Economic Trends In Pakistan

The recent positive economic data from Pakistan is leading many to hail it as “emerging market success story,” reminiscent of Egypt’s “impressive” economic turnaround after 2016. Foreign short-term funds are flowing in, the stock […]

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