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Barriers to Girls’ Education in Pakistan

Barriers to Girls

On Nov 13, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its new report titled “Shall I feed my daughter or educate her: Barriers to girls’ education in Pakistan”. It concluded that many girls simply had no access to education, including, inter alia, a shortage of government schools — especially for girls. Among the factors keeping girls out of school, the report …

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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) …

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A New Nuclear Arms Race Has Begun

A New Nuclear Arms Race Has Begun

Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and I signed in Washington the US-Soviet Treaty on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. For the first time in history, two classes of nuclear weapons were to be eliminated and destroyed. This was the first step. It was followed in 1991 by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which the Soviet …

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End of the Landmark INF Treaty

INF Treaty

A new Cold War in the offing?  On October 20, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, announced that he would withdraw his country from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Trump’s sudden decision follows a years-long US-Russian dispute about whether Moscow has developed and deployed a prohibited missile, known by its apparent Russian designation 9M729. President Trump …

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The Crumbling World Order and the United Nations

The Crumbling World Order and the United Nations

We are witnessing the crumbling of the world order and we have grown accustomed to it. Surprisingly, it is not an ascending power that is rocking the status quo but the global leader, i.e. the United States, itself. And, if the very country that had been its main pillar is now willing to let that order collapse, the rest can …

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Learning from ‘Modi Doctrine’

Learning from ‘Modi Doctrine’

“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception” Only the bigoted would deny that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has very cleverly impregnated his country’s foreign policy with an unprecedented dynamism and assertiveness. Earlier this year, a study conducted by China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), a think tank affiliated with the Chinese foreign ministry, also …

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Three Visions on Future US Foreign Policy

Future US Foreign Policy

By: Ahmad Zubair The term foreign policy is defined as a set of political goals that illustrates the interaction of a country with the rest of the world. Attaining and protecting national interest, national security, ideological goals and economic prosperity constitute the primary focus of foreign policy of a state at the international level. In particular, the goal of US foreign …

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Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

Executive Summary of World Economic and Social Survey 2018 Frontier technologies herald great hopes for humanity. They can help eradicate hunger and epidemics, increase life expectancy, reduce carbon emissions, automate manual and repetitive tasks, create decent jobs, improve quality of life and facilitate increasingly complex decision-making processes. Frontier technologies can indeed make sustainable development a reality, improving people’s lives, promoting …

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Trump’s Iran Policy

Iran Policy

By: Sina Azodi Is It Meant to Start a War? Much indicates that the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be transformative for Saudi-US relations. But whether it will affect the one issue where Saudi pressure on the United States was the greatest – Iran – is unclear. The Iran strategy favoured by Saudi Arabia and the Netanyahu …

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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 …

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