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Driving the world towards a trade war

Driving the world towards a trade war

In its 1993 report on what it called East Asia’s “miracle economies,” the World Bank identified two reasons for the remarkable economic success of these countries. The state played an important role by guiding private enterprise into the areas of manufacturing in which there was a growing global demand. The second reason was the opening of the world trade system. …

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Development, not mainstreaming

Development, not mainstreaming

We often hear the term mainstreaming in contemporary public discourse in Pakistan. Most often the term mainstreaming is used for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Balochistan and other remote regions of the country and their residents. The idea and motive behind using the term mainstreaming in public discourse is to bring the above-mentioned regions and their inhabitants on a …

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Governance and privatization of state-owned enterprises

Governance and privatization of state-owned enterprises

Good governance is commonly understood to embody the characteristics of accountable, transparent, participatory, responsive, effective, and efficient; to minimize corruption; to take into account the views of minorities; and finally, and perhaps most importantly, to follow the rule of law. This paper presents and examines governance issues related to the privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). JUDICIAL RESTRAINT: ACTIVISM OR ADVENTURISM? …

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THE CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

THE CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

At the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, held in Geneva on March 6, 2018, the United Nations Environ­mental Program (UN Environment) launched the “Environmental Rights Initiative” to underscore the primacy of the environment for a sustainable future. The initiative aims at recognising citizens’ environmental rights as part of what constitutes ‘human rights’. And it aims at improving environmental …

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Human rights and peace

Human rights and peace

A WEEK ago, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued the first-ever report on human rights in Kashmir. “This is not a conflict frozen in time,” said the UNHCHR head. “It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights and continues to inflict untold suffering.” The report has urged the UN Human Rights Council “to …

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A challenging transition

Human rights and peace

Fata’s merger with KP might face a lot of hardship in the face of uncooperative tribal elders and weak strategies The merger of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has changed the geography of the province, making it more important strategically in the regional context. The merger adds 27200 sqkm to the current 101741 sqkm of …

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New initiatives for Afghan peace

New initiatives for Afghan peaceNew initiatives for Afghan peace

The recent ceasefire in Afghanistan rekindles hopes for peace, thanks to the convergence of interests among the US, the Afghan government and Pakistan It was endearing for many to see the vivid images of Afghans hugging, embracing and posing for photos with Taliban insurgents in the wake of a three-day ceasefire, as announced by the Taliban, which went into effect …

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Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. What does that mean for the peace process? On June 9, the Taliban ordered its fighters to “stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr” this week. Its announcement came just days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a ceasefire against the insurgent group. The ceasefires are for …

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Media and polls

Media and polls

DOES media coverage — frequent and favourable — make a critical difference to winning an election? Is money the pivotal factor to secure victory at the polls? Though it is tempting to answer ‘yes’ to both these questions, it is almost equally tempting to say ‘no’. And to add: ‘not by these factors alone’. Factors that influence balloting success need …

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A Milestone Political Moment for Pakistan’s Tribal Belt

A Milestone Political Moment for Pakistan’s Tribal Belt

Last month, Pakistan made one of the most important political moves in its 70-year history. Parliament passed legislation, officially the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which paves the way for the merger of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas with the neighboring province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. On May 31, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain signed the bill into law. Pakistan’s tribal belt will …

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