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Defense
Non-traditional Security Challenges to Pakistan

Non-traditional Security Challenges to Pakistan

The territorial integrity of any sovereign state remains a vital interest for which it can go to war with any adversary. Historically, territorial disputes were the main source of wars and conflicts between nations […]

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Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies & Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia

Emerging Technologies & Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia

The growing use of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cyber weapons, space, and remote sensing technologies in defence capabilities have completely changed the dynamics of warfare. It has introduced additional challenges […]

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International Economy
The Currency Switch

The Currency Switch

A utopian dream for cryptocurrencies is to operate in countries with liberty, where the government has the least control over the financial systems. A most recent, unforeseen event was El Salvador’s announcement of Bitcoin […]

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Afghanistan
The Endgame

The Endgame

The hasty withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021 was seen by some as the endgame to their longest-running “forever war”; a 20-year occupation which bled trillions of dollars with little on […]

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Government & Politics
Areas of Cooperation between the US and Pakistan

Areas of Cooperation between the US and Pakistan

Since the withdrawal of the US/NATO forces from Afghanistan, US-Pakistan relations are standing on the edge of a cliff and at crossroads. Nevertheless, despite the undesired agitation between the two nations, there is still room […]

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Regional security/Region
Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Impact on Regional Security

Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Impact on Regional Security

The US is preparing India as a lead nation to challenge China’s rise as a regional power with global ambitions. The US understands that India does not have the necessary wherewithal to contest China […]

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Emerging Technologies
Efficacy of Airborne Laser Weapons in Future Warfare

Efficacy of Airborne Laser Weapons in Future Warfare

Not so long ago, laser weapons were only an idea depicted in sci-fi movies. While it was exciting to see how high-powered lasers could be used as weapons against an enemy force, the actual […]

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Environment
El Nino and La Nina: Effects on Region and Pakistan

El Nino and La Nina: Effects on Region and Pakistan

Introduction to El-Nino and La Nina The terms El Nino and La Nina refer to Pacific Ocean weather phenomenon that oscillates temperature back and forth from warm temperature to cooler and vice versa. El-Nino refers […]

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Society
Cultural Adventurism leads to Societal Confusion

Cultural Adventurism leads to Societal Confusion

At the outset, let me explain my definition of cultural adventurism and how it is different from cultural invasion. The phenomenon of cultural invasion is as old as the process of colonization. It was […]

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Domestic Economy
Going Beyond Normalcy

Going Beyond Normalcy

 Pakistan is a developing country whose resilience is best exhibited through the behavior of its public in times of crisis. Be it in the response to natural disasters, or epidemics and public health crises, […]

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Domestic Economy
 The Lynch Mob Economy

The Lynch Mob Economy

The tragic lynching of Mr. Priyantha Kumara by an incited mob is a painful episode for Pakistan and Sri Lanka alike, since they enjoy warm fraternal relations and a great deal of common understanding. […]

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Afghanistan
Spoilers cannot be Peace Builders

Spoilers cannot be Peace Builders

Pakistan has been a major proponent of a peaceful Afghanistan not only in its own interest but also for the larger interest of the region. However, India has consistently played the role of a […]

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Government & Politics
Preventing Terrorism from Students of Extremist Madrasahs: An Overview of Pakistan‘s Efforts

Preventing Terrorism from Students of Extremist Madrasahs: An Overview of Pakistan‘s Efforts

Abstract Historically, madrasahs as religious teaching institutions have held a position of esteem and significance in the Indian subcontinent. Since Pakistan’s independence, madrasahs have played a significant role in not only providing religious education, but […]

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Domestic Economy
Control the Corrupt-o-Currency to Save Pakistan’s Economy

Control the Corrupt-o-Currency to Save Pakistan’s Economy

Pakistan’s economic woes continue without any worthwhile respite to the people of the country. In spite of the incumbent government’s efforts and claims about the stabilisation of macroeconomic indicators and positive projections about the […]

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Emerging Technologies
The Quantum Technologies Race between the US & China

The Quantum Technologies Race between the US & China

Revolutionizing Technology Modern technologies and their applications have transformed human life. Some of these technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and space technology, are offering groundbreaking capabilities in both civilian and military domains. Similarly, in […]

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COVID-19
The Good Messengers

The Good Messengers

The dissemination of critical information about natural disasters, including pandemics, is premised on international cooperation with transparency and good faith. This requires countries to alert the world as soon as they can about the […]

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Afghanistan
Disbanded Afghan Security Forces, Reinforcing IS-K and Regional Security

Disbanded Afghan Security Forces, Reinforcing IS-K and Regional Security

The Taliban became the de facto rulers of Afghanistan on 15th August 2021 after the fall of Kabul. Although the fall of Afghanistan did not transpire overnight, the pace at which it occurred and […]

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India
The Plight of Indian Muslims: On and Off the Pitch

The Plight of Indian Muslims: On and Off the Pitch

The targeted marginalization of Indian Muslims is not novel for those who follow Indian politics. The repeated repressive attitude towards minorities, specifically Muslims has become an accepted norm in the Indian society. The ICC […]

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Regional security/Region
China: A Helping Hand to Afghanistan

China: A Helping Hand to Afghanistan

Following the fall of Kabul, and departure of the last US cargo planes from Afghanistan, the Taliban celebrated victory and declared complete independence from foreign occupation on 30 August 2021. They subsequently announced an […]

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Nuclear
China’s FOBS Test was not a ‘Sputnik Moment’

China’s FOBS Test was not a ‘Sputnik Moment’

The news of China launching a rocket using a “Fractional Orbital Bombardment System” (FOBS) to propel a nuclear-capable “hypersonic glide vehicle” around the world has initiated an animated debate in US strategic circles. After the […]

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India
The Honour for the Dishonoured

The Honour for the Dishonoured

Indian government’s decision to award the Vir Chakra, third highest gallantry award, to a downed Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot from an aerial engagement with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 27 February 2019, that […]

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International Economy
The BRICs: 20 Years Later

The BRICs: 20 Years Later

The term “BRICs” was introduced exactly twenty years ago by Baron O’Neill of Gatley as an acronym for emerging markets that would drive economic growth in the 21st century: Brazil, Russia, India, and China […]

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Defense
China-US Strategic Rivalry: Implications for Pakistan

China-US Strategic Rivalry: Implications for Pakistan

Pakistan’s geographical location is not only makes it strategically relevant but also attracts great power rivalries. Historically, Russians were obsessed to gain access to warm waters of the Arabian Sea through the areas that […]

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Emerging Technologies
Civil Drones

Civil Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones emerged as a significant dual-use technology during the late twentieth century. These systems were initially developed and used exclusively for military purposes. However, advancement in technology and easy […]

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