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Society
Policy Perspectives on Pakistan’s Population Explosion

Policy Perspectives on Pakistan’s Population Explosion

Pakistan is grappling with a plethora of socioeconomic challenges. While the country is consistently making progress in resolving many such issues, some areas still suffer from policymaker’s apathy and require due attention. Population explosion […]

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India
Indian Military Modernisation: Response Options for Pakistan Air Force

Indian Military Modernisation: Response Options for Pakistan Air Force

As a result of developments in advanced technology, rigorous training and the role of leadership at the operational level of war, airpower has now reached a point where it has become truly strategic in […]

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Domestic Economy
 Squeezing the Salaried Class

Squeezing the Salaried Class

Pakistan’s salaried class serves the role of a steadied backbone in our otherwise rough-and-tumble economic life. Their salaries are subject to taxation that offers the slimmest modicum of tax effort in a country with […]

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India
COVID-19 Lessons from our Neighbor

COVID-19 Lessons from our Neighbor

In the past two weeks, we have witnessed heartbreaking images which depict the horrible state of COVID-19 in neighboring India. The ongoing pandemic has taken an extremely dangerous form there and it is a […]

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Defense
  Pakistan-Turkey Strategic Partnership

Pakistan-Turkey Strategic Partnership

Alliances and partnerships have always been a core element of states’ strategies both during conflict and for cooperation. As the world order, marked by US hegemony, is being challenged with ever-increasing globalization and renewed […]

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Regional security/Region
Pakistan and India Rapprochement

Pakistan and India Rapprochement

News reports about backdoor contacts between Pakistan and India have recently emerged and the flexibility in statements by the government officials of the two states also suggest the same. According to media,United Arab Emirates […]

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International Economy
Inequality & Insecurity: An Unorthodox Correlation

Inequality & Insecurity: An Unorthodox Correlation

Among the many economic challenges that Pakistan faces, the issue of inequality often gets neglected and is seldom discussed. With the publications of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Pakistan National Human Development Report […]

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Emerging Technologies
Is Pakistan’s Cyber Security Strong Enough to Protect the Country?

Is Pakistan’s Cyber Security Strong Enough to Protect the Country?

The authors highlight the vulnerabilities within Pakistan's cyber-security system. There are cyber laws in place by the government, however, they do not adequately understand the growing sophistication of cyber-attacks. With the growth and spread of […]

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Regional security/Region
Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Pakistan’s Security Dilemma

Indo-US Strategic Partnership: Pakistan’s Security Dilemma

Pakistan and India were part of opposing camps during the Cold War. While Pakistan was closely aligned with the US, India chose to side with the Soviet Union. However, following the demise of the […]

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Defense
 Turkey and the S-400 Crisis

Turkey and the S-400 Crisis

Failing to secure a deal with the United States (US) and other NATO countries for an air defense system, Turkey turned to Russia for the S-400 air defense system. In 2017, Turkey signed a […]

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Government & Politics
Quetta Attack: Lessons for Pakistan

Quetta Attack: Lessons for Pakistan

Pakistan witnessed a very significant decline in acts of terrorism over the past few years. Reduction in terrorism-related violence was mainly attributable to decisions by the political leadership, public support and efforts as well […]

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Society
The Funeral Pyres

The Funeral Pyres

The funeral pyres are burning brightly across India these days, as 3 lakh daily cases and nearly 3000 daily coronavirus deaths are being reported in the official statistics. Given that there is persistent under-reporting […]

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Government & Politics
Russian Foreign Minister’s Pakistan Visit: Revamping Lost Ties

Russian Foreign Minister’s Pakistan Visit: Revamping Lost Ties

It is once again proven that there is no permanent ally or enemy in the global political order, rather only permanent interests. Despite the repeated attempts of warming up bilateral ties in the past, […]

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Government & Politics
The Ghost of Afghanistan Past: A Challenge for the Biden Administration

The Ghost of Afghanistan Past: A Challenge for the Biden Administration

Following signing of a peace agreement between the US government and Afghan Taliban on February 29, 2020, which established a timetable for withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in May 2021, the new Biden […]

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Regional security/Region
Pakistan-India Peace Initiative

Pakistan-India Peace Initiative

An agreement between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan marked the beginning of yet another round of peace talks between the two countries after a long gap. The statements made […]

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Government & Politics
Rise of Religious Parties: Blind Love or Hybrid War?

Rise of Religious Parties: Blind Love or Hybrid War?

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”- Friedrich Nietzsche Love is considered to be the most precious part of human nature. For most Muslims around the […]

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Society
Food Insecurity: A Threat to National Security

Food Insecurity: A Threat to National Security

Pakistan is grappling with a plethora of socioeconomic, development, and agricultural challenges. Among them, the country’s inability to adequately feed all of its population—a problem known as food insecurity—dominates the list and requires urgent […]

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International Economy
 Economic Security in a World Context

Economic Security in a World Context

“Apart from winning the war, there is no task facing society today so important as the elimination of economic insecurity,” wrote the famed economist Abba Lerner in 1943, as ideas of how to grapple […]

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Domestic Economy
Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security

Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security

Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security Connectivity is vital for generating revenue and prosperity not just for a single state but the region as a whole. Connectivity opens new doors of […]

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Nuclear
The Role of Nuclear Deterrence in a Changing Security Environment

The Role of Nuclear Deterrence in a Changing Security Environment

In world politics, a new era has begun due to global power shifts. This, at least, is the presumption that has emerged in the United States’ discourse over the last few years and was […]

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Environment
Pakistan’s Vulnerability to Climate Change:  Need for Collective Action and Responsibility

Pakistan’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: Need for Collective Action and Responsibility

Climate change has emerged as one of the major threats of the 21st Century. It's impacts are already being widely observed in different regions of the world. These include melting glaciers, rising sea levels, […]

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Defense
How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

A seemingly small but significant incident has served a timely warning to the United States that it should neither over-estimate Indian security commitment against China nor neglect the ultimate and longstanding Indian ambition of […]

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National Narrative
Economic Security within National Security

Economic Security within National Security

The first Islamabad Security Dialogue (ISD) was conducted in mid-March 2021 with the aim of drawing upon national and international thought-leaders to discuss how Pakistan’s national security calculus should more accurately reflect the nation’s […]

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Global view
Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

In many nations, the narratives around the notion of “national security” have evolved over a passage of time in many countries. Although early scholars of warfare such as Sun Tzu did highlight the importance […]

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