Tag Archives: Afghanistan

How Much Crude Oil Do You Unknowingly Eat?

While we as consumers may not be aware of or mindful about the fact that so much of the things that we choose to consume contain some amount of crude oil in the form of petrochemicals, at least the petrochemicals were put there on purpose and are therefore almost certainly measured or regulated in some way.

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At 70, is NATO Still Important? 5 Essential Reads

Several scholars around the U.S. have looked at aspects of the role of NATO in a changing world.

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How Pakistan is Failing to Mend its Trade Relations with Afghanistan

After nearly four decades, Pakistani state institutions have miserably failed in providing a decent, mutually beneficial framework for the Afghan refugees and the children born to them.

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Indian Muslims and the Ayodhya Verdict

The Indian Supreme Court verdict comes after the SC has already endorsed the single-handed scrapping of Article 370 and 35(a) of the Indian Constitution on Indian administered Kashmir which strengthens doubts about its independence and impartiality. Many senior Indian analysts, including many retired SC justices questioned the verdict as not being based on facts but on perceptions. 

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General Bajwa’s Tenure Extension: Lessons for Pakistani Stakeholders

After nearly 16 months into power, the PM has to learn that he holds the key to fixing many of the chronic issues of Pakistan – from economy to criminal justice justice system to autonomy of institutions and accountability.  For this, he needs to quietly engage with the apex judiciary and other stakeholders, instead of publicly shaming them.

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Germany’s Quiet Leadership on the Libyan War

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.

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2020 Campaign: The More Women Run, The More They’re Treated Like Candidates

Aware of their symbolic status, women feel extra pressure to perform and “prove their competence” while simultaneously trying not to make the men “look bad” and “blend noticeably into the predominant male culture.”

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Why Pakistan Needs a Different Strategy on Kashmir

Overriding commercial interests prevent powerful Western and even Muslim governments from condemning the aggression that India has committed against Kashmiris. Islamabad can perhaps get a good value for its political and financial capital by helping the affected Kashmiris abroad instead of wasting precious public funds on five-star seminars, argues Imtiaz Gul.

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Kartarpur is More Than Symbolic

After successfully drawing international attention to the misery of the Kashmir population on the Indian side of LoC the world now can see that Pakistan is making a credible effort to keep peace intact despite the tensions prevalent in the subcontinent right now.

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Fraud on IMF Loans

Can some one sum up the courage to confront the IMF for collusion in stone-walling structural reforms in Pakistan and piling debt mountains on its people?

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