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September 2017


Introduction The history of criminal justice system reform efforts especially vis-à-vis police, the most important component of the system, has been replete with administrative efforts in both India and Pakistan. In case of Pakistan, as many as 21 commissions/committees/initiatives relating to police reforms were recorded till the year 2000. The implementation of these reforms is, however, a challenge in both ... Read More »

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

Against the will of the nine nuclear weapon states that boycotted the United Nations negotiations, 122 countries voted to adopt, on 7 July, the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty, which is an internationally legally-binding document that would ban the signatories from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, possessing, transferring, stockpiling, hosting or using nuclear weapons, ... Read More »

A NEW AGE OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY, Welcome to the brave new world of political realists

The international system seems heading toward a period of great uncertainty. Established security alliances of the post-World War II era are disintegrating while the fledgling new ones such as the G20 have no capacity to replace them. The dominant discourse of market-friendly neoliberalism is losing prominence while neo-protectionism and economic nationalism are gaining ground. Amidst rising geopolitical tensions among major ... Read More »

THE DEMOLITION OF US GLOBAL POWER, Donald Trump’s Road to Debacle in the Greater Middle East

From Donald Trump’s first days in office, news of the damage to America’s international stature has come hard and fast. As if guided by some malign design, the new president seemed to identify the key pillars that have supported US global power for the past 70 years and set out to topple each of them in turn. By degrading NATO, ... Read More »

Trump’s New Strategy on Afghanistan

Donald Trump has probably never heard of the Grand Old Duke of York and his 10,000 men. But in spelling out his new Afghan strategy, the US president gave a good impersonation of that symbol of military muddle-headedness, incompetence and futility immortalised in the English nursery rhyme. By marching US troops back up the Afghan hill, having previously solemnly vowed ... Read More »

US-NORTH KOREA SABRE-RATTLING, Is the world on the brink of another nuclear catastrophe?

There have been many periods of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States over the years, especially in April and August, when South Korea and the United States conducted joint military exercises that North Korea considered preparation for an invasion. A physical engagement between the two nations still looks highly unlikely, but it is something that serious analysts ... Read More »

Economic Corridors under China’s OBOR Initiative

1. China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor The idea of China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (CMREC) was proposed by China in September 2014 during the first trilateral meeting of the heads of state of the three countries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. On June 23, 2016, the three countries inked a development plan for the proposal, the first multilateral cooperation plan to form part of the Belt ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor (September 2017)

Letters to the Editor (September 2017)

Pakistan’s Political Culture  Political dynamics in Pakistan still represent the conservative status quo that tells the sorry tales of intellectual bankruptcy of our politicians. Political parties carry on activities only during the election days. Recently, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced to “ continue to hold political gatherings in Punjab” whereas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also vowed to run electoral campaigns in ... Read More »

Trump’s Afghanistan Gambit (Editorial September 2017)

Trump's Afghanistan Gambit (Editorial September 2017)

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. After months of dilly-dallying, President Donald Trump has announced his long-awaited policy on South Asia and Afghanistan. In his policy speech, while clearing the way for the deployment of more US troops in Afghanistan, the President backtracked – like many of his U-turns before – on his promise to ‘rapidly end America’s ... Read More »