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Defense
Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Act 1 (February 2019): India undertakes ‘non-military’ surgical strikes across the international boundary. The failure of the attack and the ensuing successful Pakistan Air Force counter strike forces the Indian Prime Minister to remark […]

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India
The Abettors of Rage

The Abettors of Rage

Over the past few years, the global public has articulated an increasing concern about the influence that social media platforms might exert on a society when co-opted by vested political interests. More specifically, there […]

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India
India’s Military Modernization: A Risk to Strategic Equilibrium

India’s Military Modernization: A Risk to Strategic Equilibrium

In a bid to ascend the world stage, India is swiftly modernizing her military and upgrading the defense inventory. The recent induction of "Rafale", French origin fighter in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and […]

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Kashmir
365 Days of Curfew

365 Days of Curfew

Last week thousands of people protested in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions–mandatory masks, social distancing and limited gatherings. Many in the affluent western European state regard the curbs imposed to contain the spread of the […]

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Nuclear
The Lasting Relevance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Case of Syria

The Lasting Relevance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Case of Syria

A history of conventions, agreements, and treaties runs throughout human civilisation. The 19th and 20th Centuries witnessed a rise in such conventions, thereby paving the way to cap burgeoning conflicts globally. Yet, despite such […]

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Airforce
Rafale Induction and South Asian Strategic Stability

Rafale Induction and South Asian Strategic Stability

Ever since attaining independence in 1947, India has remained a cause of disturbance and conflict in the region, and the most distrusted country by its neighbours. It started with deceitfully moving troops into the […]

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Kashmir
The Nightmare: A Year in  Captivity

The Nightmare: A Year in Captivity

It was precisely one year ago, on 5th August 2019, that the long-standing nightmare in Kashmir began to unfurl as never before. The people of Kashmir, held down by brutality for generations, were told […]

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International Economy
New Laws and the FATF

New Laws and the FATF

Despite its glaring inconsistencies and extreme politicisation, the FATF has managed to deflect attention from its own partisan scheming as a tool for certain world capitals, and instead inflicted damage and consistent pressure on […]

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Society
The Bread and the Circus

The Bread and the Circus

At the apogee of their empire, it was argued that the Romans adhered to a simple point objective in governance: the bread and the circus. Panem et Circenses, as the poet Juvenal called the […]

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Nuclear
NTI INDEX: Pakistan with Most Improved Nuclear Security Credentials

NTI INDEX: Pakistan with Most Improved Nuclear Security Credentials

Pakistan has emerged as the country with most improved nuclear security credentials in the 2020 Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) report that was released on Jul 22, 2020. Amongst the countries that have 1 kg or more […]

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Society
Gender Inequality in Education

Gender Inequality in Education

There are 774 million illiterate people in the world and alarmingly two-thirds of them are females. It indicates that majority of girls in many parts of the world are out of school. UNICEF reports […]

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Government & Politics
Directions for Pensions

Directions for Pensions

Pensions and other social protections are a difficult topic for policymakers in nearly every society. The problem of building sustainable pension and social protection solutions is, however, much more acute in developing countries, where […]

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COVID-19
COVID-19 and Governance Challenges

COVID-19 and Governance Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11. At the time of declaration there were 118,000 confirmed cases in 114 countries with 4,291 lives lost […]

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Regional security/Region
India-China border dispute has implications for Pakistan and region

India-China border dispute has implications for Pakistan and region

The militaries of two of the largest nations in the world - China and India - stood eyeball to eyeball for over a month in the sub-zero temperatures of the Himalayas. Simmering tensions between […]

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Aerospace
Emirates Mission Mars: UAE’s Quest for the Red Planet

Emirates Mission Mars: UAE’s Quest for the Red Planet

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is all geared up to join the exclusive Mars club as the first Arab mission to Mars awaits its launch within a few days. After transforming desert sands into glamourous […]

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COVID-19
Pandemics in the Unequal Society

Pandemics in the Unequal Society

The contrast between those countries which have flattened their COVID-19 curves and those that haven’t is becoming ever more stark. Among the victors in the fight against coronavirus (thus far) include South Korea, Vietnam, […]

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Regional security/Region
An Argument on Sino-India Conflict

An Argument on Sino-India Conflict

Lately, tension has built along the China – India disputed borders. Since the Dokhlam crisis, both sides have gradually increased their number of troops in the areas near Pangong lake and Galwan valley region. […]

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Regional security/Region
Ongoing India China Confrontation in the Himalayan Region

Ongoing India China Confrontation in the Himalayan Region

China and India are two of the most populous countries in the world with ancient civilizations that date back over 4000 years. Since independence, the two countries have enjoyed cooperative diplomatic and trade relations. […]

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Emerging Technologies
Indian Hybrid Warfare: The Case of Pakistan

Indian Hybrid Warfare: The Case of Pakistan

The world has changed, so has the warfare. Gone are the days of reliance on conventional tools of war to achieve the strategic ends. The 21st century conflicts incorporate multi-domain approach that leverages on […]

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Regional security/Region
Irrationality To Realism: China-India Standoff

Irrationality To Realism: China-India Standoff

There is a central tenant of realism that postulates ‘self-help’ in an anarchic world system. Although, according to neo-realists, global institutions can manage the anarchy; nonetheless, at the end of the day, it is […]

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Government & Politics
Job Losses and the Aviation Industry

Job Losses and the Aviation Industry

An increasing amount of company data from the aviation industry is showing the extent to which global aerospace and aviation is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. In a recently issued statement, Airbus […]

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Society
What Must Our Think Tanks Do?

What Must Our Think Tanks Do?

Think tanks are deemed to play an important role in the process of addressing the multidimensional problems that confront complex societies. In the city of Islamabad alone, there are at least 30 think tanks […]

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Regional security/Region
Sino-Indian Relations: A Tough Road Ahead

Sino-Indian Relations: A Tough Road Ahead

After decades of relative calm, Sino-Indian relations have returned to a bumpy road with a recent bloody brawl between the Chinese and Indian soldiers on the ridges of Galwan Valley in Ladakh, causing fatalities […]

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Airforce
India and the US-Pakistan F-16 Agreement

India and the US-Pakistan F-16 Agreement

In a pre-dawn attack on 26 February 2019, Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) intruded into Pakistani airspace over Azad Kashmir to target an alleged terrorist training camp near Balakot […]

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