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How Turkey and Saudi Arabia Became Frenemies

The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is worsening relations between US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An expert on the region believes there may be a way out.

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Spreading Falsehood and Distorting Facts

While Pakistan’s anti-corruption authorities may have enough evidence to bring the powerful involved in massive corruption to justice, but what should the law do with those who deliberately spread false stories to enable the corrupt to escape justice?

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China’s Salami Slicing Takes Root in Africa

With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off.

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Russia and Ukraine Clash in the Sea of Azov

New Russian naval activities around Crimea could presage a new, maritime front in the war in eastern Ukraine

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Hybrid Warfare

This new form of warfare avoiding a clear differentiation between war and peace, soldiers and civilians is practices by all sides of the different divides. The US definition characterizes Hybrid Warfare as “Synchronized use of multiple instruments of power tailored to specific vulnerabilities across the full spectrum of societal functions to achieve synergistic effects.”

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A Riveting Account of Establishment’s Politics

Almost all Pakistani military and civilian leaders have applied the security prism to view and fight off domestic and external challenges. No sincere attempt has been visible to recast the nation through a regime anchored in the rule of law, fundamental rights, and the push for people-focused governance.

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India’s Warmonger-in-Chief

India's dramatic U-turn on talks with Pakistan and its army chiefs bellicose language against Islamabad has pushed volatile South Asia towards renewed tensions and uncertainty.

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At the Heart of Governance

The major task of administrative services is good governance at all the levels of administration. The PTI’s battle to de-politicize the bureaucracy is bound to run into problems for a number of reasons.

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Pakistan: Why Good Advisers Matter?

A leader of consequence needs an adviser or advisers to take sane council from, particularly in times of distress. Individuals and/or groups can expert major influences without being the actual leaders but if they look towards their personal interests, and not of their leader, they can cause havoc.

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The Downside For Oil Is Limited

Oil prices posted steep losses just as the bulls were back on the march. WTI briefly topped $70 per barrel in recent days and Brent was flirting with $80. But the rally was kneecapped by a variety of factors, and it could be challenging to break above those key pricing thresholds in the near future.

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