Thursday, December 8, 2022

UN’s relevance

THE present world order was conceived in the wake of the unprecedented destruction caused by the Second World War. The principles underpinning the world order were encapsulated in the Charter of the United Nations that was established in 1945. The UN member states made a solemn commitment to respect...
Presentation by DG ISSI at theIslamabad Security Dialogue (ISD) 2022onEconomic Security and Geoeconomics02 April 2022 The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad organized a seminar at the Institute on 9th March 2022 on Economic Security and Geo-Economics: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan. The participants included former federal and provincial finance ministers and...
India and Pakistan, two nuclear-armed neighbours, have vital stakes in maintaining strategic stability in South Asia. However, some disturbing shifts are now being observed in India’s approach towards the imperatives of strategic stability. Its aggressive pursuit of military modernisation and acquisition of emerging technologies, coupled with reported doctrinal shifts,...
The past four decades have shown that it was not without a rationale that the poet of the East, Allama Iqbal, described Afghanistan as “the heart of Asia”. Iqbal made a profound prophecy. If Afghanistan was not at peace, the Asian continent would not prosper, and vice versa. Afghanistan...

Self-determination

IMAGINE yourself as a Kashmiri born in Srinagar on Jan 5, 1949. You are 73 years old, and have completed nearly every phase of your life. You took decisions on what to study, where to work, how to contribute, and preparing to retire. A full circle of life. But...

A Shift to Geo-economics?

THE year 2021 will be remembered in Pakistan for the fight against Covid, the return of a Taliban government in Afghanistan, continuing tensions with India, and the intensifying US-China competition. But the year would also be remembered for a deliberate effort towards a more comprehensive paradigm of national security...

Mobilising the ummah

After four decades of war and misery, Afghanistan is once again in the middle of a serious crisis, this time a humanitarian catastrophe that is about to unfold. Warnings are pouring in. The United Nations and many of its concerned agencies have expressed deep concern about the imminent economic...
Two years ago, on 5 August 2019, India revoked Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian constitution relating to the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, effectively dividing the state into two Union territories. Two years later, a barrage of questions still lurks and await answers. Why would India...
The world order that we had come to know since the end of Second World War is rapidly collapsing. With the rise of China as an economic giant, and several other states asserting their economic and military power, a multipolar world is emerging. And with that a quest for...
The world order that has ruled the globe since the end of the Second World War has been under severe stress for some years now. The growing challenges to the supremacy of the United States as the sole super-power, the rise of China on the world stage and the...