Nabiha Gul

The writer is a political analyst and researcher in international relations and a freelance writer. She can be contacted at: coldpath1@gmail.com

CORRUPTION as a Violation of Human Rights

Corruption, a term widely used across the globe, refers to acts of cheating or illegal acts and may also involve abuse of public office for private gain. However, the term is also misused in a number of contexts. For instance, many people tend to think every case of cheating or forgery as corruption; however, corruption may involve all cheating but …

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Pakistan and SAARC, Benefits and Challenges

Pakistan and SAARC

The notion of development through integration got popular in the name of ‘regionalism’ particularly following the World War II. Regionalism in all its manifestations, including political, economic and social, was considered the most plausible option for development and progress. Since then, many regions essentially and effectively developed multilateral mechanisms — regional organizations — to achieve progress and development through increased …

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Alliance of Convenience

It was not long ago when political pundits predicted a ‘new beginning’ of relationship between the US and Russia in the wake of efforts towards rapprochement. The predictions were based on interaction between the leaders of the two countries with reference to New Start Treaty. US President Barack Obama was believed to have been pursuing a policy of conciliation towards …

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Reinventing the Pak-US Strategic Partnership

Former US President George W. Bush’s quoted statement was manifestly the recognition of Pakistan’s contributions in ‘War against Terrorism’. For some, it added a new chapter to Pak-US ties. Both countries agreed to initiate US-Pakistan Strategic Partnership Dialogue in March 2006 during a meeting between the two presidents in Islamabad. A notable fact is that the dialogue was initiated exactly …

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Changing Dynamics of Power Politics

All the stakeholders and major players in the region are already active in securing their share of power and are vigorously pursuing their agendas to gain more and more influence in post-2014 Afghanistan and in the region also. These developments are destined to impact South Asian regional politics and international relations of many countries. The US, UK and China are …

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Foreign Policy Challenges to the New Government

May 11 Elections were held in Pakistan amidst fears, apprehensions and widespread scepticism. With a hope for ‘change’ and a better future people flocked to the polling stations and exercised their democratic right. Although the election fervour attached to campaigning was lacking, especially in Karachi and Khyber Pk, Pakistan witnessed the highest voting turnout in nearly four decades. For the …

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Gwadar Port: Geo-economic and Geostrategic Dimensions

Gwadar has geostrategic significance as it lies on the conduit of three most commercially important regions of the world. Gwadar has geostrategic significance as it lies on the conduit of three most commercially important regions of the world. The oil rich Middle East, Central Asia bestowed with natural resources, and South Asia having the potential for growth, for this century. …

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Deficient Power: Women in Perspective

South Asia offers a poignant case study on gender-related issues. The region ranks among the least developed on human development index and hence a number of challenges are posed to its people, particularly women. Every society regards women in its own way, yet the status of women across the globe has long been a matter of discussion in every section …

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Challenges to Pakistan’s Security

The South Asian region has always been under the influence of extra-regional powers. The interplay of their strategic and economic interests considerably marred bilateral relations between states in South Asia, particularly Pakistan and India. The international security scenario has long been under transformation due to major shifts in political, economic and strategic interests of states. In a contemporary era, incidents …

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Whither Peace in the Middle East? Britain and US as major players have tangible nexus with Israel

An important dimension of the long-standing Palestine-Israeli conflict is the virtual dominance of the two major extra-regional players: Britain and the United States, and their existing nexus with Israel. Periodic clashes between Palestinian and Israeli forces made headlines time and again. What came as an unprecedented and remarkable development on the Palestine-Israeli conflict is the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s …

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