Publications

Here are some of our recent Working Papers

International Relations
Introducing ‘Realizm’

Introducing ‘Realizm’

Abstract  According to realist paradigm, the present international system is anarchic and selfish, and therefore needs to be reset, because the gap between the developed and developing nations has reached dangerous levels. The wars between […]

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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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International Economy
The Space Silk Road (SSR): An Avenue for China-Pakistan Space Cooperation

The Space Silk Road (SSR): An Avenue for China-Pakistan Space Cooperation

Abstract: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese undertaking that is simultaneously a surplus recycling mechanism and a multi-stage economic stimulus program. In recent years, the scope of BRI has expanded to […]

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Defense
India’s Acquisition of the S-400 Air Defense System: Implications and Options for Pakistan

India’s Acquisition of the S-400 Air Defense System: Implications and Options for Pakistan

Abstract India’s quest for attaining superior military technology has materialized in New Delhi’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russia. Adhering to the principles of offensive realism, India is aspiring to accumulate maximum […]

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Afghanistan
Afghanistan 2.0:Development, Implications & Policy Options for Pakistan

Afghanistan 2.0:Development, Implications & Policy Options for Pakistan

Introduction August 2021 will long be remembered in world history because during this month the mightiest world power ended its longest and most expensive military campaign against one of the world’s poorest countries, after negotiating […]

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Afghanistan
The Taliban’s Ascendance in Afghanistan: Implications for Pakistan

The Taliban’s Ascendance in Afghanistan: Implications for Pakistan

Synonpsis Afghanistan’s rapidly evolving situation leaves Pakistan in a precarious situation, which fears an uptick of militant violence if the Taliban fail to form a stable and inclusive government by incorporating other Afghan ethnic and […]

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Regional security/Region
The Economic Dimensions of  Pakistan-India Reengagement

The Economic Dimensions of Pakistan-India Reengagement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The India-Pakistan relationship has been having its vicissitudes, following several years of tense animosity, owing largely to the bellicose and ideologically-charged government in New Delhi. Economic engagement is but one facet of this […]

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International Economy
Economic Diplomacy: A Review

Economic Diplomacy: A Review

Introduction The aim of this working paper is to present a literature review of economic diplomacy (ED). ED has adorned an increasing importance in international political economy and inter-state relations, which has increased the multi-stakeholder […]

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International Economy
Reprieve and Mercy Debt Relief for the Developing  World during Coronavirus

Reprieve and Mercy Debt Relief for the Developing World during Coronavirus

Debt relief is a theme in the developing economics literature that has always garnered considerable interest, both from proponent and opponent camps (Bird and Milne 2003; Boote and Thugge 1997; Chauvin and Kraay 2005). […]

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COVID-19
Coronavirus v. Pakistan: Early Successes in the Epidemiological Battle

Coronavirus v. Pakistan: Early Successes in the Epidemiological Battle

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that rampaged the earth throughout 2020 also brought the epidemiological battle to Pakistan’s doorstep, where it was thought that structural weaknesses would exact a particularly severe toll. This was because […]

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Kashmir
Kashmir: Beyond Imbroglios

Kashmir: Beyond Imbroglios

Abstract1 Kashmir is a picturesque region straddled by the boundaries of India, China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It has seen a lot of turmoil in the last 30 years. Moreover, Pakistan and India have engaged in […]

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Society
After the Coronavirus Vaccine’s Discovery: Concerns Regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination’s Distribution

After the Coronavirus Vaccine’s Discovery: Concerns Regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination’s Distribution

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608750 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3608750   Abstract The fervent global quest for the development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begs the frightening questions: who will go first in receiving it? and will everyone get to receive […]

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Government & Politics
The Lives or Livelihoods? The Coronavirus Dilemma for Administrations

The Lives or Livelihoods? The Coronavirus Dilemma for Administrations

  Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3584726 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3584726   Abstract The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has fomented a moral crisis for administrations struggling to choose between “lives” and “livelihoods”, i.e. between mitigating the public health fallout and averting an economic depression. The challenge […]

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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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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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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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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
The tax whistleblowers

The tax whistleblowers

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recently proposed a measure that is intriguing, to say the least. It has announced a “whistleblower” incentive, by which any person who reports a tax evader may receive 20% of the […]

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