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10 All-time Best Self-improvement & Motivational Books

10 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: Wild Boar in the Cane Field  by Anniqua Rana

Book Review: Wild Boar in the Cane Field by Anniqua Rana

Although Pakistan is ranked third in the list of countries where English, not being a native language, is the most spoken, it is really ironic that the number of people writing fiction in English can be counted on fingers.

Is Pakistan a Failed State?

Is Pakistan a Failed State?

In almost all branches of knowledge there are certain terms and concepts which confuse more than contributing anything worthwhile to the common understanding. In political science, failed state is one such concept which although studied for decades by numerous scholars, remains a contested concept vulnerable to different interpretations depending upon the context and the motive…

How to Divide History into Phases?

How to Divide History into Phases?

Everyone has his/her own way of dividing history into phases, depending upon the perspective used. An economist would divide the history in accordance with the dominant mode of production. On the other hand, a political scientist would divide it according to dominant mode of governance . I prefer to divide history according to the revolutionary…

Modern Public Administration-Issues and Challenges

Modern Public Administration-Issues and Challenges

A modern public administrator in any country has to grapple with multifarious issues and face multiple challenges which are in addition to the traditional challenges of delivering quality service in given time and with limited resources. I have identified seven such issues which you can remember in the form of an acronym-BAD STEP. This acronym…

The Middle East Crises: Genesis and Dimensions

The Middle East Crises: Genesis and Dimensions

Originally coined by the British Foreign Office in the 19th century, the term Middle East refers to the region between the Western Asia in the east and Egypt on the west. The British divided the region into three sub regions-Near East, the area closest to the United Kingdom and most of North Africa; the Far…

What is platform economy?

What is platform economy?

A platform business can be defined as a medium which lets others connect to it. MIT Professor Michael Cusumano defines a platform economy as follows “A platform or complement strategy differs from a product strategy in that it requires an external ecosystem to generate complementary product or service innovations and build positive feedback between the…

Chinese Interests in Syria

Chinese Interests in Syria

Chinese involvement and her role in the ongoing Syrian crises make an interesting reading. While Russia has vital stakes in the survival of Assad because if his regime fell, Russia would lose much of its influence in the Middle East as the ties between Russia and Syria are more than four decades old. Russia is…

Political Economy of Pakistan under General Ziaul Haq (1977-88)

Political Economy of Pakistan under General Ziaul Haq (1977-88)

If General Ayub came into power by overthrowing the same civilian president who had appointed him as Chief Martial Law Administrator in 1958, General Zia took over the reins of the country by removing the same person who had handpicked him, out of turn, to serve as the chief of the armed forces of the…

Economics of Beauty and Beauty of Economics

Economics of Beauty and Beauty of Economics

I received this story today through my email and enjoyed it so much that I have decided to post it at a forum where $ 500K plus guys hang around. If anyone has better answer that the one she got from JP Morgan, kindly post it here. (By the way now I know why financial…