Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Human Rights
International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day

The 10th of December is the international human rights day. It falls on the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR). However, it is a burden on human conscience […]

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Society
An Ode to a Resilient Nation

An Ode to a Resilient Nation

December 16th, a day that remains botched in the memory of Pakistanis as one where the enemy was able to achieve its designs and break the country into two; a day whereby the two-nation […]

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Society
Structural Violence against Women, Female Feticide and Preference for Son

Structural Violence against Women, Female Feticide and Preference for Son

Violence against women is a global pandemic, affecting one in three women in their lifetime. Social, cultural and religious values of most traditional societies in the developing world are structured in such a way […]

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Cyber
Cyber Threats and Nuclear Security in India

Cyber Threats and Nuclear Security in India

After the Indian nuclear power plant, it was the Indian space agency that was attacked by suspected North Korean hackers during the Chandrayaan-2 mission. India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO) was warned of the expected […]

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Domestic Economy
A Real Approach to Real Estate

A Real Approach to Real Estate

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog, conducted its most recent plenary session from 16th-18th October to assess member states’ performance on two grounds: technical compliance, which addresses the design of […]

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India
India's Rising Majoritarianism

India's Rising Majoritarianism

There is increasing distress around South Asia due to India’s rising majoritarianism. As mob lynchings of minorities occur regularly, cow vigilante squads and populist leaders rule the streets of the world’s largest democracy. There […]

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Domestic Economy
The Current Account Deficit in Perspective

The Current Account Deficit in Perspective

For the past 40 years, Pakistan has by and large run a current account deficit, which means that the value of goods and services it has imported has exceeded that of goods and services […]

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International Economy
The Country of the Future

The Country of the Future

Whenever the pundits herald the economic potential of “emerging markets”, their discourse often belies a sense of despondency that looms closely behind in the psyche and in the lived experience of citizens in the […]

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India
India-Pakistan Crises and Nuclear Escalation Dynamics

India-Pakistan Crises and Nuclear Escalation Dynamics

The February 2019 military crisis has once again exposed the fragility of the India-Pakistan deterrence relationship that continues to remain under stress for various internal and external factors. The long history of wars and […]

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Government & Politics
Pakistan's Political and Diplomatic Challenges at the 2020 FATF Plenary

Pakistan's Political and Diplomatic Challenges at the 2020 FATF Plenary

Last month, Pakistan received a provisional reprieve from the Finan­cial Action Task Force (FATF), an international money laundering and terror financing watchdog, allowing it four more months to extricate itself from the list of jurisdictions with […]

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Government & Politics
The Paradox of Hunger

The Paradox of Hunger

There is a paradox of hunger that pervades our society with respect to the consumption of food. On one hand, we are categorized among the hungriest and food-scarce on earth; and on the other, […]

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Society
The Housing of Good Intentions

The Housing of Good Intentions

The Naya Pakistan Housing Program (NPHP) seeks to address a chronic national shortage of affordable housing through the construction of five million homes over a five-year horizon. Government statements stress the role of public-private partnerships […]

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Society
The Disquiet in People’s Lives

The Disquiet in People’s Lives

Here is what the reporters are saying: the people have come on to the streets, expressing their rage through marching, chanting, rioting, confronting the police, demanding an end to the current government’s corruption, and […]

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Regional security/Region
Emerging Trends in Asia Pacific: Japan-Australia Strategic Cooperation

Emerging Trends in Asia Pacific: Japan-Australia Strategic Cooperation

In international politics, there have been periods of mistrust, suspicion and coercion between different states. In the present day, states’ behaviour is an example of the same pattern. During the previous century, Japan and […]

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Government & Politics
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – The Politico-Strategic Dimension

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – The Politico-Strategic Dimension

The signing of the civil nuclear deal between the United States and India in 2008 ushered in a period of intimate relations between the two countries. The period witnessed consolidation of Indo-US ties in […]

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Defense
A Fine Retort

A Fine Retort

In February 2019 over forty Indian paramilitary troops were killed in an attack later claimed by Jaish-e-Muhammad, a proscribed organization. Following this militant attack, tensions between India and Pakistan began to soar.  India conspiratorially […]

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Regional security/Region
The Changing Dynamics of Sino-India Relations – Options for Pakistan

The Changing Dynamics of Sino-India Relations – Options for Pakistan

There are no permanent friends or enemies in international political system. This phenomenon has become the hallmark of interstate relations and time and again is unfolded in relation to newer actors. The informal Summit […]

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India
Reviewing the Brotherhood in Saffron

Reviewing the Brotherhood in Saffron

It was at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Prime Minister Imran Khan made a rousing speech on 29th September decrying the police state that India had by then imposed for more than […]

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India
The Underlying Political Deception of BJP in India

The Underlying Political Deception of BJP in India

Political deception has played a major role in the political system of modern nation-states. Leaders tend to keep citizens in an opaque frame for quite some time. They have played this card before, whether […]

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Regional security/Region
Why Pakistan Cannot Afford a Saudi-Iran War

Why Pakistan Cannot Afford a Saudi-Iran War

Endeavours to preserve and strengthen fraternal relations among Muslim countries underpinning Islamic unity constitute one of the guiding principles of Pakistan’s foreign policy. It is for this reason that soon after its inception, Pakistan […]

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Kashmir
The Burning Kashmir and International Silence

The Burning Kashmir and International Silence

Even after two and a half months of Indian occupied Kashmir valley’s lockdown by the Modi government, the international community is not listening to the grievances of the oppressed Kashmiri people. How many more […]

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International Economy
F as in IMF

F as in IMF

An International Monitory Fund (IMF) mission concluded a five-day visit to Pakistan last month, and issued a press statement that highlighted progress in several key areas. The delegation was led by their regional mission […]

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Society
Climate Change: A Looming Threat for National Security

Climate Change: A Looming Threat for National Security

Climate change has become a global threat and it is a policy challenge that is complex in nature. It is magnifying the existing inequalities between the developed and developing world. This difference will give […]

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International Economy
Watchdog or Lapdog?

Watchdog or Lapdog?

The FATF and its mirror-body APG have begun to tighten the noose around Pakistan, and their most recently revealed report card (The Mutual Evaluation Report, MER), presents a mixed opinion about the steps Pakistan […]

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