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The Politics of Scapegoating Zaireen for Covid-19

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) started in Wuhan (China) in December 2019/January 2020 and rapidly spread to other countries. All countries sharing borders with Pakistan had reported the presence of the deadly infectious disease by the last week of February 2020. The outbreak of the disease in...

Stimulating the Economy

Though unscheduled, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting should not have been unexpected given the support recently provided by central banks across the world. With the latest 200bps cut in the policy rate, it seems that the SBP is now on the front lines...

Would PM’s Package for Construction Industry Deliver?

PM Imran Khan on April 3, 2020 finally unveiled the long-promised, long-awaited package to stimulate the construction industry that he believes is vital for economic growth. The package was much sought after by both the real estate sector and the government, but the crisis...

More Clarity on Relief Package Needed

As the country moved towards a lockdown because of surging Coronavirus cases, expectations of a relief package from the government for providing much-needed support to the economy grew. The ‘wish-list’ was quite expansive; from massive reduction in POL prices to funding of utility stores...

Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus...

Emerging Turko-Israeli Rift Helps Turkey-Iran Entente

Israel has long possessed a capacity to force, whether by design or by consequence, the upending of alignment dynamics between regional states in ways few else are capable of. Given several relatively recent developments vis a vis blocs and alliances across the Middle East...

2019: A testing year in foreign policy

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Economic concerns largely shaped foreign policy last year, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Foreign policy is often described as a fire fighting job with the goal of avoiding the worst. Year 2019 underscored that as Pakistan continued to face multiple challenges on the...

Security Report 2019

The number and lethality of terrorist incidents decreased further during 2019 as Pakistan continued its march towards peace and stability. However, challenges to achieving sustainable peace persisted during the year. According to a study on the security situation in the country during 2019, a...

Naravane as Modi’s New Army Chief

India’s Chief of Army Staff designate Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will assume command of the Indian Army on December 31, 2019. He would succeed Gen. Bipin Rawat as the top commander of the 1.3 million strong force, which is also the world’s second...

Is it Arab Spring 2.0?

Introduction Arab Spring was a series of popular protests that erupted in the spring of 2011 in the Arab world and were directed at regime change in a number of Muslim states including Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Bahrain. Despite some significant achievements, the...
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