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Ensuring Energy, Water and Food Security


Ensuring Energy, Water and Food Security Shafqat Javed Water scarcity is the biggest threat to fertile lands in the country which, in turn, means serious consequences for the industrial sector. Pakistan is already a water-scarce country as owing to the poor state of infrastructure about two-third is lost due to poor transmission and seepage.  Water scarcity hurts the entire agricultural chain ... 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 »

Contemporary Economic Shifts and Global Development Models

Contemporary Economic Shifts and Global Development Models

In the second half of the twentieth century, in the wake of World War II, social scientists began to tweak development models that were built and based on the economic trajectory of the West. Their hope was to use these models as guides for policymaking and forecasting. They also hoped to make economic growth and institution building seem manageable and ... Read More »

Building a Knowledge Economy

Building a Knowledge Economy

A sine qua non of benefitting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution We are living in exciting yet challenging times. We are in the era of knowledge economy wherein knowledge rather than material resources is considered an asset. Advancements in the field of information technology have brought us to a wondrous stage of human history where a huge amount of knowledge ... 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 »

The World’s Next Superpower Can the EU Fill America’s Shoes?

The World's Next Superpower

Europe is gradually emerging as the world’s new superpower. Experts believe that within a couple of decades, the European Union will equal – if not surpass – the United States as the dominant economic force on the world stage. At present, the EU is enormously prosperous and technologically advanced. It encompasses four of the Big Seven economic powers: Germany, Great ... Read More »

G20 2018 Summit

G20 2018 Summit

A Rendezvous with Destiny? The Group of 20 held their 2018 meeting in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on November 29 to December 1, 2018. In most of their meetings, the heads of state have discussed economic issues. This time around, however, politics dominated the deliberations. Although the trade spat involving the United States and China was on the ... Read More »

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East

Middle East

Overlapping of Anglo-American-Israeli Agenda The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who coined it as a replacement of the older and more imposing term: the “Greater Middle East.” This shift in foreign policy phraseology coincided with the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) ... Read More »

Made in China 2025

Made in China

The Chinese Version of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Manufacturing has been the mainstay of the Chinese economy and a driver of its expansion. This was the sector that helped China rise to the level of being the world’s second biggest economy today. This impressive evolution was based on a large workforce, low wages and government support, as well as radical ... Read More »

STA-1 status for India

STA-1 status for India

Implications for the region On July 30, the United States Department of Commerce granted the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status to India, making it the world’s 37th and Asia’s only third country – after Japan and South Korea – and the only South Asian country to get this status. The biggest gain for India in this is the relaxation in ... Read More »