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Afghanistan: A Tale of Three Afghan Wars

Abstract It has become fashionable to say that Afghanistan has been a graveyard of foreign empires throughout its history It has been accepted by everyone as a gospel truth without even have a cursory look at the history-ancient or modern. Not totally untrue but a bit exaggerated claim, fairly farther than the truth In its…

How did Syrian Presiden Bashar ul Assad Suirvive?

Abstract Contrary to general perception that the Syrian crises started in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring, a protest movement of the people in several Middle Eastern countries against their oppressive, non-representative dictatorial regimes. May be true in some instances but not in case of Syria. In an interview done in 2005 by CNN,…

Pakistan Ideology: Sources & Features

Abstract Ideology of Pakistan is one of the most intellectually misunderstood and politically misused concepts in Pakistan. Some persons equate it with Two Nations Theory which was the basis of creation of Pakistan while others bracket it with Islamic Ideology. Both are not true. This essay attempts to dispel the above myth by explaining the…

National Interest: Meaning & Components

National Interest is a vague and ambiguous term that carries a meaning per the context in which it is used by the statesmen and policy-makers for justifying the actions of their states. While Morgenthau equated it with “survival—the protection of physical, political and cultural identity against encroachments by other nation-states”, Charles Lerche defined it as…

Book Review Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Every Day by Todd Henry

“We live with the stubborn illusion that we will always have tomorrow to do today’s work.” “If the Final Hour comes upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.”-Prophet Mohammed The author of the strangely titled book “Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Every Day” , Todd…

Book Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf DOBELLI

Logical thinking and analysis pertain to see an issue in its proper perspective, finding out its real causes and the plausible connection between the inputs and the outputs of a situation and acting accordingly for desirable results. However, with few exceptions, most of us have faulty thinking framework and make decisions which are not pragmatic….

12 All-time Best Self-improvement & Motivational Books

Motivation is one of the most important drivers of creativity and action in one’s life; if you are motivated, any task looks achievable. When motivation is lacking, even molehill looks like a mountain. But how to get motivated when there are no triggers to motivate you to even come out of bed early in the…

Book Review: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

Steven Arthur Pinker, a Canadian-American is an experimental psychologist at Harvard, known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. A prolific writer a linguist and popular science author with eight books on diverse issues to his credit, he became famous in 199os with the publication of his books The Language…

Book Review: The White Mughals-William Dalrymple

The White Mughals by William Dalrymple was the first book of the author I read; since then, I have read four of his books, each having its its own taste but the White Mughal has an everlasting nostalgic impact on me. Although a romantic and ultimately heartbreaking tale of a passionate love affair that transcended…

Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie

“The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage.” Studies after studies have shown that building a network and making friends in your workplace and the profession one chooses, goes a long way in ensuring success. Whether it is…

Pakistan’s 13th IMF Programme: Prospects & Challenges

On July 3, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a 39-month extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Pakistan for an amount of US$6 billion to support the authorities’ economic reform programme. While announcing the approval of the facility, the IMF hoped that “the programme would help Pakistan…

Pakistani Culture: Sources & Drivers

Although Pakistan is only a 70-years old nation-state, all its federating units are proud inheritors of thousands of years old rich cultural traditions manifested in all facets of their daily life-food, shelter, clothing, ideas/beliefs, entertainment, etc. However, slowly but surely, distinct Pakistani culture is emerging with its own peculiar ethnic Pakistani touch, kaleidoscopic blend of…