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Aggression Versus Terrorism

Aggression Versus Terrorism

Applying International Law to Pulwama Conspectus From an etymological viewpoint, all abstract concepts are equal. This, however, may not be true in the real world of India-Pakistan relations where two concepts of terrorism and aggression compete for primacy. While the concept of the latter is an ancient construct of world order that has been part and parcel of all the ... 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 »

The Age of Massive Global Changes

The Age of Massive Global Changes

By: Munir-uz-Zaman Fundamental changes are taking place in the international system at a rapid pace. In fact, past 20 years have seen more changes than in the previous 200 years of world history. These changes are all-encompassing and span many spectra, including geostrategic, political, economic and societal. A significant change is taking place in the geo-strategic space; we are witnessing ... Read More »

ISLAMOPHOBIA

ISLAMOPHOBIA

By: Abdul Rasool Syed  An Ages-old, Smouldering Volcano  The blatant display of savagery by the assailant in the Christchurch attack that claimed precious lives of fifty peaceful Muslims engaged in worship at mosque is the latest reminder of Islamophobia that is surging exponentially in the West. Islamophobia is not a novel phenomenon; it has existed for over a long period ... Read More »

Deal of the Century

Deal of the Century

For Whom? After President Obama’s Middle East policies ended in disappointment, the policies of the incumbent US president Donald J. Trump have further aggravated the situation. Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” a back-channel US Middle East peace plan, has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. This deal would, reportedly, allow Israel to annex large settlement ... Read More »

Humanity Looks to Unity in Crisis

Humanity Looks to Unity in Crisis

Some Thoughts on Massacre of Muslim Worshippers in Christchurch “And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a ... Read More »

INDIAN INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

INDIAN INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

By: Mehtab Ali Bhatti IMPLICATIONS FOR PAKISTAN Introduction India and Pakistan got independence from the Great Britain in 1947, whereas Afghanistan was an independent state since the 18th century – it had never been a colony of any power. Although the relations between British India and Afghanistan, historically, had been good, after the creation of Pakistan, direct geographic link between ... Read More »

Top 5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces

Top 5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces

By: Zafrullah Saroya Federated States of Micronesia Leading up to World War II, the Federated States of Micronesia was under Japanese control, which explains why Micronesia became the site of some of the most fearsome battles ever fought in the South Pacific. After the war, the region became part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, beginning ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »