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CPEC and Agriculture

CPEC and Agriculture

Opportunities we need to capitalize on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of multi-billion dollar Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), has emerged as a vivid manifestation of the strong strategic Sino-Pak cooperation. It has rekindled a hope about the revival of the dwindling economy of Pakistan through investment in infrastructure growth, power generation, industrial development and upgrade of Gwadar ... Read More »

GILGIT-BALTISTAN and INTERNATIONAL LAW

GILGIT-BALTISTAN and INTERNATIONAL LAW

The constitution is a living document; it is more so as the judiciary keeps interpreting it. On 7th January 2019, a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan rendered its judgement in a case titled “Civil Aviation Authority us. Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan etc.” (Civil Aviation Case-2019) wherein the Court touched upon a multitude of subjects including the ... Read More »

5 Elections to Watch in 2019

5 Elections to Watch in 2019

The year 2019 will see important and consequential elections. Some of those might come as a surprise. Rumours already abound that some parliamentary systems might call snap elections. But many elections are already on the calendar. Here are 5 to watch. 1. Ukrainian Presidential Election (March 31) The two leading contenders are familiar faces: incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former ... Read More »

Rise of Authoritarian Populism

Rise of Authoritarian Populism

World on the Threshold of  World War III Noted German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller believed that global history moves in cycles. We end up in same situations our predecessors had faced in the past. Nearly a century ago, many developed nations found themselves in clutches of economic depression whereas developing states were left stranded in the seas of gloom. ... Read More »

Climate Change

Climate Change

The Hype and Beyond Climate change has been the buzzword around the globe during the recent years. From governments to civil society organizations to academia, everyone is talking about it, and is wary of the adverse impacts this phenomenon is going to have on terrestrial life. There is hardly any difference of opinion that climate change is occurring – difference ... Read More »

Iran in Transition

Iran in Transition

By: Uzair Salman Analysing the Consequences This year marks 40 years since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, when 2,500 years of monarchy gave way to a Shiite Muslim-led theocracy. On Jan 16, 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his family left Iran. The US-allied Shah, fatally stricken with cancer, would never return. Several weeks later, on Feb 1, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ... Read More »

Crisis in Venezuela

Crisis in Venezuela

Capitalist Success, Not Socialist Failure Once among Latin America’s richest countries, Venezuela has been in a downward spiral for years now, with political discontent, skyrocketing inflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine. Since 2014, some three million Venezuelans have left the country in search of better living conditions. The situation has further deteriorated with a deep political crisis ... Read More »

Collapse of the INF Treaty and the Future of Arms Control

Collapse of the INF Treaty and the Future of Arms Control

Can we still prevent a nuclear arms race? On February 2, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would terminate its participation in a landmark 1987 nuclear arms-control pact with Russia, asserting the Russians have violated it for years. The decision suspends American obligations under the treaty, and terminates the accord unless Russia comes into compliance within six months. ... Read More »

Deconstructing Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address

State of the Union

Speech of a president whose power is draining Once a year, Donald Trump gives an uncharacteristically bipartisan speech to Congress. It is customarily sandwiched — often within hours — by venomous expressions of partisanship. Mr Trump’s 2019 State of the Union was no exception. His first address to Congress, which took place shortly after his infamous “American Carnage” inaugural address ... Read More »