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GLOBAL TERRORISM INDEX 2017

Results Deaths caused by terrorism decreased by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016. There were 25,673 deaths in 2016. This is the second consecutive year that the number of deaths from terrorism has decreased. Deaths have now fallen by 22 percent since the peak in 2014. Four of the five countries with the highest impact from terrorism recorded a reduction ... Read More »

Monetization of International Relations

By: Liaquat Ali Khan “The point is that you can’t be too greedy.” The author of this saying, President Trump, is brazenly monetizing international relations. He demands more money from the NATO members for common defence. He urges Mexico to pay for the wall. He is slashing financial assistance to allies (except Israel). He vies to renegotiate trade agreements. He ... Read More »

India’s Demonetization Disaster

On 08 November 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his nation and unveiled what was billed as a new weapon in the anti-corruption arsenal: the demonetization of the currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denominations. This sudden announcement sent ripples across the nation. In few days as people realized that the money and wealth in these denominations ... Read More »

Russia and Saudi Arabia, A New Oil Bromance?

The agreement to cut oil production has finally achieved its objective as the oil prices have shot up to $60 per barrel. The success in jacking up the prices is built largely on Saudi Arabia’s over-compliance and Russia’s recent compliance to agreed production cuts. Although historical precedents indicate that Russia has preferred a free ride on OPEC production cuts, recent ... Read More »

The Changing Geopolitics of Energy

By: Joseph S. Nye In 2008, when the United States’ National Intelligence Council (NIC) published its Global Trends 2025, a key prediction was tighter energy competition. Chinese demand was growing, and non-OPEC sources like the North Sea were being depleted. After two decades of low and relatively stable prices, oil prices had soared to more than $100 per barrel in ... Read More »

CAN THE WORLD BE FREE OF WEAPONS?

By: Shakeeb Asrar For centuries, following bloody conflicts, military leaders acknowledged that some weapons were simply too awful to be used, but those same militaries generally continued to use them. The World War I saw the deployment of chemical weapons on a massive scale for the first time. The horror of millions of dead soldiers, in trenches and on battlefields, ... Read More »

Science in the Muslim World

By: Naseem Khan How Ummah can reclaim its lost glory  By any index, the Muslim world produces a disproportionately small amount of scientific output, and much of it relatively low in quality. It is an undeniable fact that 1.6 billion Muslims contribute a smaller share to the world’s knowledge. This global community – forming the majority population of 57 countries ... Read More »