International Relations

Can a meaningful comparison be made  between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

Can a meaningful comparison be made between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

It has become quite fashionable in Pakistan to compare every sector of the country with its respective Indian counterpart and start lamenting that Pakistan is far behind India in every field. Similarly there is a lot of hue and cry in the media-print, electronic and social, of the country that every state institution in Pakistan…

American Interests in Syria

American Interests in Syria

For USA and her western allies, the Syrian crises is a one more step forward towards the realisation of their grand strategy to retain their global hegemony which is under threat due to gradual structural shift in world power equations. Part and parcel of the Neo-con agenda, this grand strategy has been successfully implemented so…

Russian Interests in Syria

Russian Interests in Syria

During all the ups and downs in the present crises engulfing Middle East, one thing has remained the same –the unflinching support of Russia for its long-time ally Syria’s Bashar ul Assad. Russia has consistently provided Assad with support at the United Nations, and is also the key arms supplier for the Syrian regime. Russia has many fold…

6 Fault Lines in the Middle East

6 Fault Lines in the Middle East

Due to the historical legacies discussed above, combined with its geo strategic location, abundant resources and regional/global power politics, the region has been in turmoil for the last half a century or so. There are several conflicts, crises and wars going on in the Middle East with deep rooted causes having serious implications for the…

Yemen-The Coming Anarchy

Yemen-The Coming Anarchy

If someone has to test the thesis regarding the Coming Anarchy propounded by Robert Kaplan 20 years ago, Yemen is the right place to go. For those who are not familiar with this, a brief backgrounder will be in order. In every epoch of history there are one or more visionary intellectuals who after assessing…

Wiki Loves Monuments: Top 10 pictures from Pakistan

Wiki Loves Monuments: Top 10 pictures from Pakistan

On October 25, 2014 Saqib Qayyum Choudhry, published in Dawn the list of ten photographs of famous monuments of Pakistan which have been selected by a jury to send to the prestigious ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’, the biggest photography competition in the world. This year, Wikimedia Foundation, the California-based non-profit organisation that runs Wikipedia, supported ‘Wiki…