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23.04.2024 Taut Bataut

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan reached a staff-level agreement in March 2024 for the release of the remaining $1.1 billion out of the total $3 billion bailout package. The 9-month bailout package was sought by the Pakistani government last year to avert the sovereign debt. The country has been dependent on IMF loans for decades to fuel its staggering economy. This was Pakistan’s 24th engagement with the Washington-based lender…

18.04.2024 Taut Bataut

Since the onset of the 21st Century, tensions around the world have been simmering. Great power rivalry has reached to a new apex since the culmination of the Cold War. The rivalry between China and the United States is considered one of the most significant and appalling issues of the era. Given the importance of maritime trade, the South China Sea and the Southeast Asian countries have emerged as the strategic focus of the rivalry between the two sides…

10.04.2024 Taut Bataut

The Red Sea holds immense significance in international maritime trade. Two choke points, the Suez Canal and the Bab al-Mandab, hold critical value in this sea route. Around 22 percent of global maritime container trade passed through the Suez Canal in 2023. Bab-el-Mandeb strait is used to access this Canal by ships traveling from Europe. The Red Sea hosts almost 12 percent of global trade, 21344 vessels per day, amounting to $1 trillion in goods, and 10 percent of maritime trade…

04.04.2024 Taut Bataut

On 1st April 2024, Israel conducted brazen missile attacks on the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria. These attacks have further compounded the already intensified relationships between the two countries. Analysts and leaders around the world have already been warning that Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza could engulf more than just Palestine. However, the United States and its other Western allies have remained in oblivion to the menace of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing in Gaza since October 7, 2023…

25.03.2024 Taut Bataut

The Third Summit for Democracy, a US-led initiative, was conducted in Seoul from 18th to 20th March 2024. The initiative was promised by the incumbent US President Joe Biden in his 2020 election campaign. Rapidly declining democracy around the world led to the urgency and cruciality of this summit. Representatives from over 30 countries attended this summit. The apparent rationale behind convening the recent summit was to provide a forum to promote democratic norms…

20.03.2024 Taut Bataut

On 18th March 2024, Pakistan conducted airstrikes inside Afghanistan, targeting the sanctuaries of commanders of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The attacks were conducted in retaliation to the suicide attack conducted on a military check post in North Waziristan, a Pakistani district located near the Pak-Afghan border, which resulted in the death of seven Pakistani soldiers. Pakistani officials have claimed the death of 8 terrorists in the retaliatory airstrikes…

17.03.2024 Taut Bataut

China’s exponential rise in the last two decades has stunned the United States and its allies. China has challenged the status quo established in the world after the Cold War. The interventionist and dictatorial policies pursued by the United States in the post-Cold War unilateral world order tarnished its soft image and created a power vacuum in the world. China’s emergence as the new superpower of the world has not only altered the polarity of global politics but…

13.03.2024 Taut Bataut

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been conducting indiscriminate genocidal operations in the Gaza Strip. According to the United Nations, the number of Palestinians killed, or maimed in this war has exceeded, 100000 since the commencement of the war. Persistent Israeli genocide in Gaza even poses a long-term threat to the global environment. Heavy usage of lethal ammunition by the Israeli forces has done irreversible damage to the climate. Sources suggest that Israel has used 65000 tons of explosives in Gaza…

07.03.2024 Taut Bataut

For the last few years, Pakistan has shifted its foreign policy from the one based on geopolitics to the one based on geo-economics. A long history of terrorism, political turbulence, and economic instability, caused by Pakistan’s involvement in regional conflicts, were the key drivers behind this shift in the foreign policy outlook of the nation. The decision was announced in Pakistan’s first-ever National Security Policy (NSP) document in December 2021…

01.03.2024 Taut Bataut

The United States emerged as the sole superpower of the world after the end of the Cold War. Contrary to its promise of an inclusive and peaceful world order, the US emerged as the key source of wars, conflicts, and instability around the world in this unipolar world. The United States’ unilateral decisions to wage wars on different countries, especially Iraq, and its involvement in spurring chaos in the Middle East deteriorated its image around the globe…

26.02.2024 Taut Bataut

Climate Change is undoubtedly the greatest existential threat facing humanity today. As wars rage around the globe and countries pursue economic and political policies that are causing ever-increasing fragmentation, scientists and climate activists find that their voices fall on deaf ears. The COVID-19 crisis exposed societies all over the world to the risks posed by large-scale shocks to the system of Global Value Chains (GVCs) that bring food from farmers thousands of miles away to our supermarkets and our tables. However, scientists argue that a climate change crisis…

19.02.2024 Taut Bataut

South Asia’s political stage is perhaps one of the most interesting in the world, characterised by struggling democracies, a heavy and unstable mix of religion and politics, and the presence of political dynasties. As Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after years of exile in the United Kingdom amidst controversy after controversy, it is perhaps worthwhile to take a look at the different political dynasties in South Asia and their dynamics in their countries…