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Defense
Lessons From Balakot: One Year On

Lessons From Balakot: One Year On

One year ago, India and Pakistan engaged in dangerous brinkmanship. What are the lessons learned? to read more: https://magazine.thediplomat.com/#/issues/-M0qnEN1tGWXGWRBYmd7/preview/-M0qoa9Ih0CPsIjWrR39 […]

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Domestic Economy
Four More Months on the Gray List: Pakistan's FATF Challenge

Four More Months on the Gray List: Pakistan's FATF Challenge

As expected, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global money-laundering and terror financing watchdog has kept Pakistan on the gray list in its much-anticipated plenary meeting concluded last week in Paris. While noting […]

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Government & Politics
Encroachments & the Mystery of Capital: A Pakistani Context

Encroachments & the Mystery of Capital: A Pakistani Context

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3557571   Abstract This working paper attempts to examine the economic nature of encroachments in developing countries by considering the context of Pakistan. In the tradition of De Soto (2000), the question of encroachments is […]

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Government & Politics
MANAGING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

MANAGING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

About the Author Syed Muhammad Ali has led the Centre for Peace, Security & Developmental Studies (CPSD), an independent think tank as its Executive Director. Mr. Ali has a 24 years long, rich and diverse […]

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Environment
The COVID-19 challenge

The COVID-19 challenge

Today everyone, everywhere is talking about coronavirus (COVID-19). There’s an information overload and yet nobody really knows what to do about it generally, or when diagnosed with it. Social distancing is the silver bullet […]

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Environment
The Devious COVID-19 and The Day After!

The Devious COVID-19 and The Day After!

The devious COVID-19 virus remains a mystery with many conspiratorial prophecies about its origin and the cure, the timelines when it will recede, how will it impact the international security discourse, and what would […]

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International Economy
Coronavirus and Modern Monetary Theory

Coronavirus and Modern Monetary Theory

The onset of a widespread pandemic has also opened the doors to new conversations about the economics. In particular, the response of governments to COVID-19, particularly in developed countries, echoes the precepts of an […]

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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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Human Rights
Kashmir: Beyond Imbroglios

Kashmir: Beyond Imbroglios

  Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3568447   Abstract It is necessary that a more nuanced and comprehensive viewpoint be presented to a global audience vis-à-vis Kashmir, which can foster both wider international engagement as well as a richer understanding of […]

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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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