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The Post-US Withdrawal Scenario in Afghanistan

The Post-US Withdrawal Scenario in Afghanistan

Everyone wants a piece of Afghanistan After four decades of war and chaos, situation in Afghanistan is likely to enter a new phase –US withdrawal and a peace deal between Taliban and the United States and Afghan government. On various grounds, questions are arising about the future setup in Afghanistan with apprehensions that it might plunge into a situation where …

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The US College Admissions Scandal

The US College Admissions Scandal

Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich A major college admissions scandal in the United States has revealed the dark side of America’s hypercompetitive, brand-driven approach to higher education. It has laid bare the elaborate lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into competitive American universities.  In its “Operation Varsity Blues,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation …

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GLOBAL INCOME INEQUALITY

GLOBAL INCOME INEQUALITY

The ills of junk economics During the recent years, there has been an astonishing rise in wealth of a few individuals, leading to income inequality globally which is no less that a crisis that deserves urgent attention. Among many reasons for urgency is the fact that the overwhelming disparity has now reached a point where it may seriously start to …

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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 …

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Fundamental Reform of the European Union

Fundamental Reform of the European Union

BREXIT is a lesson for all of us: it’s time for renewal French President Emmanuel Macron has outlined his vision for fundamental reform of the European Union in an article published in several European newspapers. In his column, French President laid out a plan to protect democracy in Europe. It includes new border controls and higher penalties for firms that …

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Sanctions on North Korea

Sanctions on North Korea

By: Sajjad Ikram United Nations The UN Security Council has passed nearly a dozen resolutions condemning North Korea for its nuclear pursuits. Over time, the sanctions have expanded to: 1. ban the trade of arms and military equipment, dual-use technologies, vehicles, industrial machinery and metals; 2. freeze the assets of individuals involved in the country’s nuclear programme; 3. ban the …

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The Failed Hanoi Summit

The Failed Hanoi Summit

By: Sajjad Ikram What’s next for US-North Korea denuclearization negotiations? It is common for movie critics to say the sequel is not as good as the original. And many diplomatic critics will judge that the second installment of the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un widescreen bromance fell short of expectations. Having failed to produce any agreement, the Hanoi summit did …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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