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Stana Dubajic |By buying Russian S-400 air-defense missile system Turkey, erstwhile Western ally, second largest NATO member, and a bulwark against Soviet expansion in the Middle East during Cold War has caused the geostrategic earthquake and tipped the Middle...
Haider Mehdi |King Salman, by elevating his son, the 31 years Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS, as Crown Prince, may actually have signed MBS’s death warrant, leading to the downfall of the Al Saud regime!Whether this will remain undisputed...
Nauman Sadiq |The fight against the much-dreaded ISIS is on with varying degrees of resolving and success.It becomes important to trace the ideological antecedents of this group.Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013,...
Zahid Mehmood Zahid | Political and geostrategic trajectories in the crisis-ridden Middle East are evolving so swiftly that US President Donald Trump chose the region for his first foreign visit. If Thucydides is to describe the contemporary Middle East, he...
Ghulam Mustafa |Mired in its Afghan Policy quagmire, reeling from Trump led Saudi Arabian stunning uppercut and Panama JIT, Pakistan appears to have been left way behind in the past tense of rapidly evolving international power game. Saudi Arabia’s...
Zeeshan Shahid Khan |BackgroundTaking the Indian Army totally by surprise, Pakistani troops crossed over the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir in early 1999 and managed to occupy heights from where they could effectively interdict the Indian Main Supply...
Miangul Majid Khan |A University professor wrote an expressive message to his students at the doctorate, master's, and bachelor's levels and placed it at the entrance of a university, in South Africa.And the message is: "Collapsing any nation does not...
Asif Haroon Raja |On May 5, 2017, Afghan border security forces carried out unprovoked firing across the Chaman border in Baluchistan on two Pakistani villages namely Kili Luqman and Kili Jahangir, martyring 11 Pakistani civilians including one Frontier Corps...
Jamal Hussain |Any critique about madrasas in Pakistan must be handled with care, given the sensitivity of the public about an institution considered by many in the country as shields protecting pristine Islam from undesirable foreign influences. Besides propagating...
Shahid Anwar |As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” It sounds really true about the higher education of Pakistan in general and that of the Punjab in particular. Despite an abundance of good...
Shahid Anwar |Organizational theory tells us that institutions are a function of what they communicate and how!  Good institutions come from good understanding amongst its collective workers, and a commonly defined perception of objectives and purpose of that institution. A...
Saud Bin Ahsen |Climate change is one of the complex problems mankind is facing today. It refers to the variation in the Earth’s global climate over time. The harmful impacts of this global warming are already manifesting themselves around...
Saud Bin Ahsen |The term “Great Game” has been used in different contexts to describe geostrategic struggles between various powers at different times. It was originally coined to refer to the rivalry between the British and Russian Empires for...
Asad Mustafa Karim and Prof. Dr. Sang Hee Lee |Human beings have been combating viruses since long, even before our species had even evolved into its modern form. Pakistan, lying in Asia, is faced with a quadruple burden of...
Saud Bin Ahsen |The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day will be observed on April 2, 2017. The term “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” is now used to describe a group of complex disorders of brain development characterized in varying...
Dr. Junaid Ahmad|December 16, 1971, was an ominous day for Pakistan, because the Pakistani army's scattered divisions sandwiched between an internal insurgency supported by Indian war machine and Indian  army columns finally decided to surrender. To this day popular...
Edwin Battistella | In May 2016, when Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, some speculated that the president of the United States might offer an apology, on behalf of his country, for the bombing of that city at the close of the...
Saad Masood |Recently it was announced that Saudi Arabia generated a fiscal deficit of about $ 85 billion in the year 2016, which was almost 13% of the GDP. This fiscal deficit is projected to grow over the coming...
Shahid Raza |South Asia is no stranger to conflicts. The region has always remained unstable for most of its post-colonial history, mainly due to the two regional powers, India and Pakistan, locking horns in an endless turf battle. It...
Shahid Anwar |Institutions or organizations build their internal structures to facilitate the achievement of their key objectives. However, at times the very structures designed to help become unhelpful or become a purpose in themselves. Successful institutions create enabling organizational...
Holly Case | We might take the demonstrative demise of strongmen such as Nicolae Ceaușescu in Romania, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and – more recently and unobtrusively – Fidel Castro in Cuba to indicate that the day of the dictator has largely...
Jan Achakzai |Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are continuously on a downward trajectory and this by extension is affecting Pakistan's relations with the US. The US has a huge interest in Afghanistan so our Afghan policy has a direct...
By Jamal Hussain |A briefing paper on Pakistan was issued to much media hype in February 2017 by the Hudson Institute, a research setup under the Heritage foundation titled “A New Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting...
Dr. Junaid Ahmad|The fantastic figure of three million Bengalis massacred by west Pakistani army has been debunked by series of journalists and historians but with Hasina Sheikh now hinting at declaring March 25 as the "Genocide Day" this figure...
Saud Bin Ahsen |In the past few months, the South China Sea region became a hotbed of growing controversy when the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague announced its decision on the Philippines’s case versus China about claims on...
Andrew Korybko |Pakistan was attacked by terrorists over the past five days when eight separate blasts ripped through the country and reminded the world that Islamabad is on the front-lines in the War on Terror. Unlike after the end of...
Dr. Huma Baqai |What’s ticking between Pakistan and India is not the nuclear bomb, but the water bomb. For years international relations strategists have warned that wars in the future would be over resources. Water: a diplomatic weapon Post-recent tensions in...
Dr. Zafar Jaspal |The global strategic chessboard will remain complex in 2017 as the conversion in the global strategic environment continues. The transition in the global politics appeases the dynamical forces and alarms the status quo legatees.Understanding possible developments...
Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women. Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to have the fewest years...
By Michael Kugelman | Summary Sustained bilateral and multilateral U.S. engagement in South Asia is of the essence. Three major factors amplify the importance of placing South Asia on the crowded front burner of U.S. foreign policy priorities: Threats to stability...
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