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China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC): Game Changer or a Debt Trap

I do not believe in the ill-famed Warm Water Theory of alleged aspirations of successive Russian emperors and later on their inheritors to reach the Arabian Sea/ Indian Ocean, an aspiration which led to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. However, even if we believe in its genuineness for argument’s sake, what Russian Empire…

Improving Pakistan’s Global Image

Improving Pakistan’s Global Image

A country’s image is defined by Martin and Eroglu “as the total of all descriptive, inferential and informational beliefs one has about a particular country”. Importance of a positive global image of a country in this rapidly globalizing world cannot be overemphasised.  Whether it is question of access to foreign markets for increasing exports and…

Two Nations Theory: Myths and Reality

Two Nations Theory: Myths and Reality

Basis of the partition of the British India in 1947 and the justification for the creation of Pakistan, the Two Nations Theory was a time-specific, area-specific formula to find a solution for the peaceful dissolution of the vast but crumbling British Indian Empire in the 1940s. It suggested that the Hindus and Muslims of India…

Six Fault lines of Afghanistan

Six Fault lines of Afghanistan

Afghanistan, to a great extent, is the Lebanon of central Asia. Just study the power-sharing formula of Lebanon and you will have some idea of future Afghanistan Located at the southern edge of Central Asia, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and in the far…

Why do Civil Service Reforms in Pakistan Fail?

Why do Civil Service Reforms in Pakistan Fail?

The phrase civil service reform is generally used in two quite distinct ways. For the political elite and the common man, it is a short-hand for efforts to improve the management, efficiency and effectiveness of the bureaucracy. However, when used by the academics and the world institutions, it connotes fundamental changes in the administrative structure and procedures…

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 2

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Part 2

Abstract Food security when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life is not only a fundamental human right but also the most crucial element of performance legitimacy of any regime in any country. This article traces its evolution, explains its different components, lists…

War on Terror: Causes, Course, Costs and Consequences Part 2

War on Terror: Causes, Course, Costs and Consequences Part 2

“This crusade – this war on terrorism – is going to take a while” George Bush Abstract Though it was the worst intelligence failure of any intelligence agency in history, the USA took maximum advantage of 9/11 tragedy and embarked on the mission to accomplish the objectives set forth in the infamous neo-con paper, known…