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February 2019

A New Era Dawns for Pakistan Turkey Relations

A New Era Dawns for Pakistan Turkey Relations

In today’s modern world, bilateral visits and interactions always contribute to cementing of relations between two countries. At present, Pakistan is passing through turbulent times amidst its sagging economy as well as fast-emerging regional and global developments. In this critical time, we have only a few countries that are standing firmly with us with Turkey being prominent among them. Prime …

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COP24 Rulebook and the Future

COP24 Rulebook and the Future

By: Engr Sarfraz Saroya Sink or swim, onus is on us The world’s nations took another step toward addressing the perils of climate change at the latest Conference of the Parties (COP24), which concluded on December 15, 2018, in Katowice, Poland. The most important product of COP24 appears to be a “rulebook” that has been described by the United Nations …

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FAKE NEWS! Is it here to stay?

FAKE NEWS! Is it here to stay?

The term “fake news” has become an epithet that US President Donald Trump attaches to any unfavourable story. But, it is also an analytical term that describes deliberate disinformation presented in the form of a conventional news report. The problem is not completely novel. In 1925, Harper’s Magazine published an article about the dangers of “fake news.” But today two-thirds …

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Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Politics, Security, Peace Talks and Prospects Afghanistan has spent another year in the shadow of volatile security situation, crumbling economic conditions, unpredictable political environment and scarcity of resources, as well as some new developments that have created hopes for a comparatively stable Afghanistan in the year 2019. Among those few new developments, the most important one is the holding of …

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China’s Reforms Will Never Stop

China's Reforms Will Never Stop

A revolution that transforms the world’s second biggest economy “The world has seen China’s accelerating reform and opening up, and its determination to carry it forward. China’s reforms will never stop, and its doors will only open ever wider.” — China’s President Xi Jinping (in his New Year Speech) China’s opening up and reforms do not have an extensive history. …

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The Afghan Imbroglio

The Afghan Imbroglio

Switch your TV on, you will watch news on Afghanistan; look at the newspaper, you will read about Afghanistan; scroll home pages of Facebook and Twitter down or up, you will find dozens of news stories, articles and features related to political and military developments in Afghanistan. Amidst this flux of news, one question that arises in everyone’s mind is: …

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Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

Afghanistan

After more than 17 years of conflict, the White House has signalled its intent to withdraw from Afghanistan. Washington’s current efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliban highlight its increasing impatience with the enduring war in Afghanistan and its desire to leave the conflict. It needs to be remembered that the United States, which sent troops to Afghanistan …

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The Middle East in 2019

The Middle East in 2019

The year 2018 witnessed many important political affairs in the Middle East; from Syrian civil war to Israel-Palestine peace process stalemate, from the war against ISIL in Iraq to the warfare in Yemen. Although the dawn of peace emerged in some regional wars, the year 2019 might be another tumultuous year for the Middle East and regional states. Since many …

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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 …

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Why World Economy is so Fragile?

World Economy

According to Goldman Sachs, the momentum of global economic growth slowed markedly in 2018. The most globally significant slowdown has been in the Chinese economy – the main engine of global growth since the financial crisis of 2007-08. But, Germany and Japan also recorded economic contractions in the third quarter of last year, i.e. 2018. Stock markets have also been …

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