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Winds of Change in South Asia

By   /  January 24, 2020  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

Three weeks ago, Bangladesh shut off all mobile services along its 4,156 km long border with India. Such a drastic step for a nation that is for all intents and purposes a client state of India is quite reflective of a change in mood in the Awami League’s camp. The reason for this? Security reasons […]

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Rethinking Pakistan’s Relations with the GCC

By   /  December 23, 2019  /  Analysis  /  No Comments

Rethinking Pakistan’s Relations with the GCC

There it is. “Imran Khan bows out of Malaysia Summit”. Written in big, bold letters across most mainstream regional newspapers. One cannot help but think, what a world we live in where those who stand by us during our lowest points have to be shunned in place of those who couldn’t care less. Malaysia and […]

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Formulating A New Approach to Middle Eastern Politics

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  Analysis  /  No Comments

The outlook towards Arab states from a Western international relations standpoint has been fraught with misinterpretations and mis-understandings of the actual ground realities. In contemporary IR, the concepts of realism and social constructivism are looked at as being mutually exclusive. In my view, I believe that the best way to view Arab states in IR […]

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The Effect of the War in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s Economy

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  News  /  No Comments

“Do more” is the call resounding today throughout the halls of the White House with regards to Pakistan’s alleged facilitation of the Afghan Taliban. This is by no means a novel American approach to dealing with Pakistan and its complex relationship with some of the groups that both nations had promoted during the 1979 Soviet […]

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The Transformation of Political Islam in Pakistan from a predominantly unifying element to a divisive one

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Analysis  /  No Comments

Pakistan has gone through many different make-overs and structural changes over its short history and one of its biggest components, political Islam, has also had varying effects on the country. However, as a result of decades of political and social unrest, political Islam has transformed from being a predominately unifying force to one that has […]

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The origins of Boko Haram and the factors that facilitated its rise from obscurity.

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Analysis  /  No Comments

Radicalisation is a poisonous aspect of the contemporary world which has taken a hold in many different parts of the globe. One such place is Nigeria and through the emergence of Boko Haram in the northern areas of the country, the deadly origins and effects of radicalisation in Nigeria can be understood. Firstly, the history […]

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The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring written by Paul Danaher, A Book Review

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

Paul Danaher has been the BBC’s bureau chief of several high profile regions such as the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and currently, North America. He ran the entire news operation in the regions and even helped the BBC to win an Emmy for its 2013 coverage of the Syrian Crisis.[1] (Middle East Institute) […]

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