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Defense
How Drones in Azerbaijan won the War against Armenia

How Drones in Azerbaijan won the War against Armenia

While it is true that drones are currently not substitutes for manned aircraft, but their potential to emerge as a critical force multiplier will affect the means and methods of warfare over land, air […]

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International Economy
Reprieve and Mercy Debt Relief for the Developing  World during Coronavirus

Reprieve and Mercy Debt Relief for the Developing World during Coronavirus

Debt relief is a theme in the developing economics literature that has always garnered considerable interest, both from proponent and opponent camps (Bird and Milne 2003; Boote and Thugge 1997; Chauvin and Kraay 2005). […]

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Global view
Pakistan's  U.S.-China  Balancing  Act

Pakistan's U.S.-China Balancing Act

As effects of the deteriorating relations between the United States and China loom over South Asia, Pakistan will need to tread carefully. The tense nature of U.S.-China relations and the deepening U.S. strategic partnership […]

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Society
The Moral Vaccination

The Moral Vaccination

In 2020, the world waited with bated breath as pharma companies around the world raced to arrive at a workable, safe, and efficient vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19). By December, 2020, good news was […]

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Global view
Optimism about Pak-US Ties during Biden’s Presidency: Warranted or Not so Much?

Optimism about Pak-US Ties during Biden’s Presidency: Warranted or Not so Much?

With the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential elections, many in Pakistan are jubilant and anticipating a positive stimulus in bilateral relations. While it is true that a […]

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Global view
The Color Line

The Color Line

The convulsions of the year 2020 roiled the United States in at least two important ways: (1) they re-opened the gaping wound of racial inequities in an already divided society, and (2) they worsened […]

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Global view
Bracing For The New Year Challenges

Bracing For The New Year Challenges

While a new year always brings new hopes and aspirations, this is indeed a sobering start of 2021 with a multitude of challenges. At the dawn of the new year, countries across the globe […]

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India
Protesting Farmers and the Indian Agrarian System

Protesting Farmers and the Indian Agrarian System

India’s farmers are witnessing a harsh winter, literally and figuratively, ever since the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government passed three farm bills in late September. Nation-wide protests and strikes have erupted across the […]

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Covid and uncertainty
The Second Wave of COVID-19 in Pakistan

The Second Wave of COVID-19 in Pakistan

The second wave of COVID-19 has once again disrupted the daily lives of Pakistanis and has brought uncertainty regarding how long the situation will last. The first COVID-19 case in Pakistan was reported on […]

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International Economy
The Interplay of Free Speech & Economic Growth

The Interplay of Free Speech & Economic Growth

Many disciplines within the social sciences teach us that policies and legislation that are inclusive, meticulous, thoroughly debated, and patiently executed fare much better in achieving their intended goals than do those which do […]

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Covid-19/ Economy
Carving up Cartels

Carving up Cartels

The vitality of capitalism is premised on markets that do not exhibit distortionary behaviors, such as cartel behavior and mass tax evasion. Yet recent examples from two major Pakistani industries, sugar and cement, indicate […]

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Global view
US-China Rivalry: Implications for the World

US-China Rivalry: Implications for the World

Amid the Sino-US rift, the world is caught between two giants. Their growing antagonism has compelled many states to seek refuge behind either of these globally contending hegemonic powers. Notably, the notion applies more […]

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Society
Can The Pakistani Youth Keep Themselves Away From The Toxic Political Milieu In The Country?

Can The Pakistani Youth Keep Themselves Away From The Toxic Political Milieu In The Country?

The Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force (CRTF), a youth-led initiative in Pakistan, has mobilized support and relief for the needy during the lockdown. However, the real challenge is how to keep the youth away from […]

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Global view
Right-wing Nationalism is Creating Ripples in the World

Right-wing Nationalism is Creating Ripples in the World

A few decades ago, right-wing nationalism unleashed by Hitler in Germany metamorphosed into an extremist ideology of hatred and subjugation of the ‘other’. It ultimately led to the bloodiest war of the century killing […]

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India
The Hindutva Rate of Growth

The Hindutva Rate of Growth

India’s economic growth in the early decades following independence was extremely low. Between 1950 and 1980, its economy grew on average 3.5 percent per annum, which translated into a per capita income growth of […]

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Society
Populism - Fanning the Flames of Islamophobia

Populism - Fanning the Flames of Islamophobia

“Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today,” the French President, Emmanuel Macron exclaimed, in the wake of the ghastly beheading of a French history teacher by a Muslim […]

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Society
The Labour of Leisure

The Labour of Leisure

It was recently announced by the Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary that a special program of animation and videogames would be launched to encourage young people to be part of the large […]

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International Economy
IMF & Pakistan’s Inflationary Conundrum

IMF & Pakistan’s Inflationary Conundrum

The economy of Pakistan is in hot waters once again. With the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping through the country, rising expenditure heads, and mounting debt obligations, it seems that the return to the […]

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Domestic Economy
The Case for Cryptocurrencies

The Case for Cryptocurrencies

There is a burgeoning conversation in Pakistan around the use and ownership of an asset class commonly known as “cryptocurrencies.” While heightened investor, academic, and regulatory interest in this new form of economic capital […]

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Regional security/Region
On Strategic Competition between China and US

On Strategic Competition between China and US

US-China partnership is deemed paramount in the 21st Century. Nonetheless, strategic rivalry between the two states has been intensifying in recent months. White House officials have lashed out at China at various world forums, […]

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International Economy
COVID-19 & the Global Supply Chains

COVID-19 & the Global Supply Chains

The year 2020 has been characterized by great tumult: political upheavals, polarized elections, economic downturns, lockdowns, and job layoffs. In fact, in most cases, we can establish direct causation between the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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Government & Politics
Exploring Peace beyond Dogmas: Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Exploring Peace beyond Dogmas: Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Direct negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government began in Doha, Qatar on September 12, 2020 after a major demand regarding release of 5000 Taliban prisoners held by the government was met. The […]

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Global view
Globalisation Undeterred

Globalisation Undeterred

For all the pundits who have been heralding a firm and decisive “retreat” of globalisation in the past few years, there is now a stunning counterexample of resurgent globalisation in the world. In the […]

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Regional security/Region
Modern Technologies and Future Warfare: Drawing Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

Modern Technologies and Future Warfare: Drawing Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

As diplomatic and political efforts for three decades failed to resolve the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the two former Soviet republics apparently once again settled their political […]

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