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The NEW GREAT GAME

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Of key players in The NEW GREAT GAME Abdul Rasool Syed With the collapse of Soviet Union back in 1991, the great game that began between the Russian and the British Empire, and culminated in the fight for dominance over Afghanistan, came to an end. This, however, created a power vacuum in the Central Asian region that rich in with ... Read More »

Public Diplomacy

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China’s Newest Charm Offensive Since its creation by Joshua Kurlantzick in 2007, the term ‘charm offensive’ has emerged in the study of International Relations as a reference to China’s use of soft power to augment its global status and image. While the idea of China charming the world with its economic and cultural prowess has not changed too much, the ... Read More »

Commercial Forestry in Pakistan

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Commercial Forestry in Pakistan Public Private Partnerships is the way to go! M.H. Rehman One of the major causes of climate change is deforestation. As human population and industrialization have grown, so have human settlements and use of timber for multiple purposes. This means much of the land that previously had forests and other vegetation on it has been, on ... Read More »

Budget-Making in Pakistan

Budget-Making in Pakistan Say Yes to Transparency Zafrullah Saroya In modern governance, the budget of a state is one of the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of an incumbent government to implement its political commitments and development agenda. Tabled every year in the parliament, the budget contains the ideas that are to be translated into implementable policies prioritized by ... Read More »

Arab Spring 2.0

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Analyzing the mass movements in Algeria and Sudan Change is the only permanent phenomenon in this world. The longevity of status quo makes it only more vulnerable against evolution. Some of these transitions are short-lived while some last long but the world is never like before when it goes through revolution. International politics also undergoes change from time to time. ... Read More »

Aggression Versus Terrorism

Aggression Versus Terrorism

Applying International Law to Pulwama Conspectus From an etymological viewpoint, all abstract concepts are equal. This, however, may not be true in the real world of India-Pakistan relations where two concepts of terrorism and aggression compete for primacy. While the concept of the latter is an ancient construct of world order that has been part and parcel of all the ... Read More »

India’s Mission Shakti

India's Mission Shakti

Space is the new war arena History repeated itself once again on March 27 as India’s so-called civil space programme ended up being a military one, like its nuclear programme had. India shot down one of its low-orbit satellites – dubbed ‘Mission Shakti’ – in a nod to the 1998 series of nuclear weapons tests called  “Operation Shakti”. Ironically, Indian ... Read More »

The Age of Massive Global Changes

The Age of Massive Global Changes

By: Munir-uz-Zaman Fundamental changes are taking place in the international system at a rapid pace. In fact, past 20 years have seen more changes than in the previous 200 years of world history. These changes are all-encompassing and span many spectra, including geostrategic, political, economic and societal. A significant change is taking place in the geo-strategic space; we are witnessing ... Read More »

ISLAMOPHOBIA

ISLAMOPHOBIA

By: Abdul Rasool Syed  An Ages-old, Smouldering Volcano  The blatant display of savagery by the assailant in the Christchurch attack that claimed precious lives of fifty peaceful Muslims engaged in worship at mosque is the latest reminder of Islamophobia that is surging exponentially in the West. Islamophobia is not a novel phenomenon; it has existed for over a long period ... Read More »

Deal of the Century

Deal of the Century

For Whom? After President Obama’s Middle East policies ended in disappointment, the policies of the incumbent US president Donald J. Trump have further aggravated the situation. Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” a back-channel US Middle East peace plan, has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. This deal would, reportedly, allow Israel to annex large settlement ... Read More »