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May 2017

Jahangir’s World Times Magazine
(May 2017)

Limited Access Orders and Violence: Pakistan’s Development Dilemma

Limited Access Orders and Violence

“How can low- and middle-income societies improve the conditions of their people?” This question keeps continuously resonating around the world. There has been a growing strand of literature for answering problems of development in a new light. It emphasizes that in order to address the problem of development, we need to understand better the structure of economies and polities and ... Read More »

India’s Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

India's Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

Even in the absence of official confirmation from New Delhi, the speculation that India is considering a move from its no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons is most worrying. Such a potential move poses a serious threat to the entire region. The suggestion from some hawkish quarters in India that a change in posture will deter countries supporting violent non-state actors ... Read More »

Moscow Peace Talks & The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

Since its inauguration, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) has been facing a daunting challenge of terrorism that every now and then hits the country. Every time an attack takes place, calls for holding peace talks with Taliban are made by Afghan civil society and the parliamentarians. Although Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries and international community had promised to broker the talks and ... Read More »

Turkey after the Referendum, The Ongoing Challenges

Turkey after the Referendum

The referendum held in Turkey on April 16, 2017, to approve amendments to the constitution – in essence, transition from a parliamentary mode of government to a presidential system, with a limited set of checks and balances between the governing authorities – was staunchly promoted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As such, many saw the referendum as a vote ... Read More »

A Trumpian Assault on Climate Change

A Trumpian Assault on Climate Change

Assessing the Impacts of “Executive Order on Energy Independence” The tumultuous first months of Trump administration have brought a flurry of changes to US environmental policy. The latest episode came on March 28 when President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which reconsiders many environmental regulations established during Obama’s time in office, unwinding his ... Read More »

Famines in the 21st Century

Famines in the 21st Century

“Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are already facing a tragedy; we must avoid it becoming a catastrophe.”   — António Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations ) The UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien recently told ... Read More »