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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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International Economy
The tax whistleblowers

The tax whistleblowers

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recently proposed a measure that is intriguing, to say the least. It has announced a “whistleblower” incentive, by which any person who reports a tax evader may receive 20% of the […]

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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 […]

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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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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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