Amna Walistan

Amna Walistan is currently pursuing her bachelor's in international relations at National Defence University, Islamabad. Her areas of interest include the geopolitics of the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indo-Pacific region.

The Holodomor in Ukraine: Famine or Genocide?

Written by Amna Walistan 12:47 pm

Holodomor, literally “death by hunger”, was an artificial famine that hit Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 and resulted in massive devastation. Also known as the Great Famine, this catastrophe consequently caused the death of at least 3.9 million Ukrainians. However, the question here is: Was Holodomor just a famine, or as Ukraine puts it, a methodically planned genocide?
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The Second Chechen War: Seizing Chechnya

Written by Amna Walistan 1:43 pm

The Khasav-Yurt Accord of 1996 didn’t last long and was followed by another bloody war between the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and the Russian Federation. Known as the Second Chechen War (or the second Chechen campaign), this war of independence resurfaced in August 1999 and continued for another ten years till April 2009. The bloody encounter led to thousands of deaths, and granted significant autonomy to Chechnya.
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Remembering the First Chechen War

Written by Amna Walistan 7:49 pm

The first Chechen War (i.e. the Russian-Chechen War) was fought between the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria over the control of Chechnya. Also known as the first Chechen campaign, this war of independence started at the end of 1994 and continued till August 1996. The bloody encounter resulted in thousands of deaths and led to the de facto liberation of Chechnya from Russia.
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Who Will Be UK’s Prime Minister?

Written by Amna Walistan 11:49 am

Following the resignation of PM Boris Johnson, the UK has begun conducting elections for the next premier. After the completion of the first round of the electoral process, the UK is looking at two candidates for the premiership—Rishi Sunak and Mary Elizabeth Truss. Amna Walistan briefly introduces the two contenders, and discusses how there’s currently no clear winner in sight.
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What Transpired in the SCO Meeting in Tashkent?

Written by Amna Walistan 6:07 pm

At the end of July, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Council of Foreign Ministers held a two-day meeting in Uzbekistan’s capital – Tashkent. The foreign ministers of the member states deliberated on matters of regional and global security, cooperation, and SCO’s membership. Amna Walistan notes that the conference provided Pakistan, represented by FM Bilawal Zardari, the opportunity to participate in the discussion of several issues, including the economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
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