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Domestic Economy
What ails Pakistan’s Economy? The Problems beyond Coronavirus

What ails Pakistan’s Economy? The Problems beyond Coronavirus

  Available at SSRN:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3573466   Abstract This working paper considers the structural challenges that confront the Pakistan economy beyond the immediate impositions of contending with Covid19 (coronavirus). Using a general thematic approach, the paper seeks to look beyond […]

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Environment
Coronavirus: Tackling the Pandemic in Pakistan

Coronavirus: Tackling the Pandemic in Pakistan

The world is encountering a lethal pandemic, that has killed a large number of individuals with more then 76, 000 people losing their lives. Pakistan too is faced with a two pronged dilemma as […]

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International Economy
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): A General Introduction

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): A General Introduction

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3569416   Abstract Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox macroeconomic lens that recontextualizes the role of monetary and fiscal policy in sovereign governments that borrow and issue national debt in their own monetary instrument. […]

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Defense
Force Modernization: Challenges for India

Force Modernization: Challenges for India

India and Pakistan have not only fought three major wars but have also been engaged in low-intensity conflicts as well as military crises over the past decades. India is enhancing its strategic and military […]

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Government & Politics
Could Covid-19 Spark Socio-Economic Unrest in Pakistan?

Could Covid-19 Spark Socio-Economic Unrest in Pakistan?

Causing tens of thousands of deaths, COVID-19—also known as the novel coronavirus—has become a global pandemic within a couple of months. This perplexing pandemic has sent the world economy spiraling downwards. This can be […]

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Society
Towards a New Beginning

Towards a New Beginning

From the limitations imposed on gatherings to the curtailed movement of people, and from the closures of businesses to the lockdowns of entire nation-states, the novel coronavirus has hit the world hard. While we […]

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Society
COVID-19, the law and the executive

COVID-19, the law and the executive

Emergency situations unlock formidable executive powers. For example, in California the governor reserves the right ‘to the extent he deems necessary, have complete authority over all agencies of the state government and the right […]

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Domestic Economy
A Model for Coronavirus’ impact on our Economy

A Model for Coronavirus’ impact on our Economy

As the government, private businesses, civil society, and the public at large grapple with the emerging pandemic situation across the country, an important debate has evolved in many circles regarding the degree to which […]

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Domestic Economy
Forecasting the Economic Impact of Coronavirus on Developing Countries: Case of Pakistan

Forecasting the Economic Impact of Coronavirus on Developing Countries: Case of Pakistan

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3563616   Abstract The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has already wreaked havoc on the international economy in numerous ways, differentiating itself in particular through its impact on the “real world” economy as opposed to financial market-specific […]

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Government & Politics
A Post-Coronavirus World: 7 Points of Discussion for a New Political Economy

A Post-Coronavirus World: 7 Points of Discussion for a New Political Economy

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3557738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3557738   Abstract The Coronavirus outbreak of 2019-20 has left governments, markets, and civil society reeling through disruptions and damage that shall heal at differing intervals and to differing degrees around the world. The post-Coronavirus […]

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International Economy
Corona-Capitalism

Corona-Capitalism

As the economist David Graeber illustrated in his magisterial work Debt: the First 5000 Years, there is an inextricable link between the human experience of plagues and disease on one hand, and the imposition […]

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Regional security/Region
Is Populism Serving India’s Interest and that of the Region?

Is Populism Serving India’s Interest and that of the Region?

Analysis of speeches by various presidents, prime ministers, chancellors, and leaders of major political parties the world over reflect populist eloquence. Populism has become a distinct stratagem of a majority of the current political […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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