Contributors

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Abdul Basit did his Masters in Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He has also interned at Kashmir Institute of International Relations. The author can be reached at [email protected]

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Mr Abdullah Mian is a 12th grade student at Army Public School Jhelum. He hopes to improve the quality of Pakistan's education system and advocate for rational education over an emotional one.

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Mr Abubakar Shoaib is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Economics and Finance from the Lahore School of Economics.

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Aeliya Zaidi is a student of International Relations at SZABIST, Islamabad. She is in
her final semester and plans to pursue her master's in the same field.

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Afifa is a second-year student of economics with data science at Information Technology University (ITU). She works remotely at Amalitech Tech Ghana as a research assistant. She also interns at Safer Society for Children at ITU. She loves to volunteer at different places and has been doing it for the last two years.

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Mr Ahmad Wadeer received his M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Peshawar.

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Aimen Ayaz is an International Relations graduate from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. She is an avid reader and a believer in the advocacy of human rights. She also practices environmentalism and hopes to contribute to the creation of a safer world for children, women, the planet, and perspectives too.

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Ms Aimen Babur is a Mechatronics engineer turned development enthusiast. She is currently working as a project assistant at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Through her research, she aspires to give a voice to the youth and other marginalized communities of society.

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Aleena Imran has an MBA from NUST and has worked as an HR professional at companies like MPCL, Coke, Jazz, and LMKT. In her spare time, she runs her home-based baking business. Apart from being an avid reader, she enjoys writing, photography, and art.

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Amna Babar is currently working with an NGO in Islamabad. She holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences with major in development studies from Bahria University Islamabad. She is fond of reading fiction and engaging in academic discourse pertaining to social development, women empowerment, environment, and human rights.

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Amna recently graduated from Bahria University, Islamabad with a BSS Hons - majors in international relations. Her thesis was titled “Rise of Right-Wing Populism: Comparative Study of Populism in Italy and USA.”  She has also completed several internships including interning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also the National Assembly of Pakistan. She aspires to join the Civil Services of Pakistan.

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Amna Khan has been working for the youth and women's rights in Pakistan for 7 years and is part of multiple organizations. Currently she is working on a project called "Creating Spaces" that aims to reduce violence against women and girls as well as raising the voice against child and forced marriages.

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Ms. Aneesa Aslam is studying International Relations at National Defence University.

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Arfah completed her Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Bahria University, Islamabad and majored in anthropology. She looks forward to writing/publishing research papers addressing issues of minorities living in Pakistan. She also enjoys writing poetry.

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Arshad Ali has a master's degree in English language and literature. He is currently working as an elementary school educator in Sargodha.

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Mr. Ch M Arsalan Tariq is an M.Phil researcher at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad with a specialization in defense and strategic studies. He has two Bachelor's degrees, one in International Relations and and the other in Sociology and Journalism.

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Daniyal Talat completed his Master's in Defense & Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He is presently working with the School of Inclusion as a Program Coordinator and as an Ambassador for the Center for Global & Strategic Studies.

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Dr. Taut Bataut is a freelance writer interested in current affairs, global politics, and international relations.

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Mr Fahad Syed is currently completing his bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He has previously worked at Neo TV Network as a news desk intern. He wishes to pursue a career in research and academia, specializing in International Relations.
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Faizaan graduated from NUST in 2014. He completed his Bachelor's in Public Administration from the School of Social Sciences & Humanities. He currently works in the banking industry in Dubai.

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Mr Faizan Ali is currently studying strategic and defence studies.

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Fakhir Jibran has a master's degree in international relations, and political science from the Punjab University, Lahore. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Ms. Faruzan holds a MSc in International Relations from National Defence University. She is a staunch advocate for the power of ideas.

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Fazal Rehman Kakar holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad. His areas of interest include international politics, and the politics of the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia. He has also written articles for the Daily Times.
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The author, Fiza Siddiq, has been pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad since 2017. At the National Defence University, she learned contemporary geopolitics from different perspectives of international relations. Fiza is currently finishing her degree and hopes to join the civil services of Pakistan in the near future.

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G.N. Mahar has a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.

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Ghassan has a Bachelor in Public Administration from NUST School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a life-long student and practitioner of public policy advocacy. His writings have highlighted the role of ICTs in e-governance, e-commerce, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurship in South Asia. He is currently employed in the commercial sector as a UX Executive, a UI Designer and a creative freelancer.

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Ms Hafsa Hassan is currently enrolled in an MS program at NUST.

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Hamid graduated from NUST in 2015 where he completed his Bachelor in Economics.

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Hamza graduated from NUST Business School in 2015 where he completed his Bachelor in Economics.

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Mr Hamza Khaqan is a business student at the Lahore School of Economics as well as a start-up entrepreneur. He has a keen interest in disciplines such as political thought, philosophy, sociology, and other social sciences. He peruses music as a hobby and plays the guitar, violin, and piano.

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Hamza Sharif is currently studying mechanical engineering at HITEC University Taxila. His areas of interest are geopolitics and current affairs. He has done a great deal of research on scientific matters and loves astrophysics. It inspired him to do a lot of research on blackholes and rocket technology.

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Mr Hamza Wyne is studying Sociology with a minor in philosophy at the Government College University. He is a student activist who often writes on social and political issues.

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Haris Azeem Yar Khan is currently pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has worked as a research assistant and as a student co-researcher at LUMS as well as a research intern for the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS).

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Hassan Nasir works at British Council Pakistan. He completed his MS in Economics from Queen Mary University in London.

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Mr Hassnain Moawia has an undergraduate degree in law from Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), an MSc in Information Technology, and a Master's in International Relations from Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF). He is currently pursuing an MS in Security and Strategic Studies.

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Henri is an economist and contributor to Nkafu policy, a think tank. Before this, he was an economist and macroeconomic strategist at Roubini Global Economics, one of the leading economic research providers in London.

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An aspirant researcher, with an interest in international politics, global powers competition, diplomacy and foreign policy, Hira Akram is a student of International Relations at National Defence University. She is currently enrolled in the 7th semester of her bachelor's degree. She has been interned at the UNDP.

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Huma Masood has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad. Her main interest lies in diplomacy, politics of the environment, international human rights and in foreign policy analysis.

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Hurain Sheikh is a Pakistan-born Canadian. She has international work experience in West Canada, Dubai, and Islamabad. She is currently refining her experience by pursuing a degree in political science.

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Ms. Javeria Noman holds a BSS in International Relations from Bahria University. She has previously worked as an intern in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.

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Kajal Kumari is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in political science from Indraprastha College for Women. She is interested in studying different cultures of different countries and international relations.

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Mr Kannan Solayappan has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science from Australia. He is the author of "Modernity, Civilizations and the Truth". Mr Kannan is also a Global Minnesota speaker on the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decision Program.

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Ms Kashaf Sohail is studying IR at Bahria University.

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Kinza shah is a public policy lecturer at National Defense University, Islamabad. She has done her Bachelors in Public Administration from NUST, Islamabad. Later on she went to study governance and public policy at the National Defense University, Islamabad. Her research interests include democratic governance, citizen participation, youth policy, and career counselling. She tweets at @kenzashah

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Ms Mahnoor Nafees is a student of BS International Relations at the University of Management and Technology.

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Marium holds a BSS in International Relations from Bahria University. She has previously interned at the National Assembly of Pakistan and the German Embassy. Ms. Marium has presented her papers at the International Development Youth Forum in Tokyo and at the International Student Festival in Trondheim.

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Maryam Farooq is a recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies from the National Defence University Islamabad. She is an avid researcher and a writer who has been in the freelancing arena since the last 4 years. Her areas of interest include Pakistan's domestic issues as well as its international relations with other states.
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Maryam Salman graduated from the University of Wollongong in Dubai where she received her Master's in International Relations degree. She currently works for Qamar Energy, an oil and gas consultancy firm, in Dubai, UAE.

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Mehr works as a contributor for Paradigm Shift.

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Mehwish Kayani has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from National Defense University, Islamabad. She has a keen interest in media and international relations which led her to intern at Inter-Services Public Relations(ISPR) for three months.

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Meshal Farid Bhatti is a lifestyle blogger at Meet With Meshi. She is an opinionated writer who shares her take on mindful living. Apart from that, she works as a freelancer and holds a master's degree in Business Administration. She developed an interest in international affairs after appearing in a competitive exam.

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Mirwaise Khan is pursuing an MPhil in Finance from BUITEMS. He also works as a columnist and has been writing opinion and editorial articles for the Daily Times.

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Mr Muhammad Adnan Khan is a final year student of BS International Relations at National Defence University. Being a student of International Relations, the writer has diverse opinions and information about the different scenarios happening around the globe.

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Mr. Bilal is an agronomist student at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He has been writing blogs on national and international politics and international relations since 2017.

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Mr Muhammad Hamza Tanvir graduated from COMSATS University. He has a keen interest in international relations and regional politics.

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Mr. Muhammad Jamal Akbar is a graduate of International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University. He loves to write his thoughts and think with a cup of tea. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Muhammad Mohsin has an undergraduate honors degree from the University of Hertfordshire. He is an avid reader and has a keen interest in local and international politics.

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Ms. Kundi is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in International Relations from Bahria University, Islamabad. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Muzamil is a freelance writer with an expertise in global politics and international relations. He currently also works as a writer/contributor for Paradigm Shift. Apart from that, he loves to read and is socially active in philanthropic activities.

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Nandini Sahani is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in political science from Indraprastha College for Women. Her areas of interest include peace and conflict resolution and international relations.

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Mr. Necati Demircan is a Master's student of International Relations and Diplomacy at Shanghai University. He is also an author of Quixote Globe and writes articles for the Turkish daily Aydınlık newspaper. His research interests mainly focus on Chinese and Turkish foreign policies.

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The author, Noor Ul Huda, has a bachelor's degree in international relations from the National Defense University. Her article "Malabar Exercise, 2018 and its implications for Pakistan and the Indian Ocean" has been published by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad and in the 2018 issue of Pakistan in the World.

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Prince Muhammad Ali Baig is an MPhil Scholar of Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has interned at Kashmir Institute of International Relations and ISPR. The author can be reached at [email protected]

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Ramsha Qaiser is an IR graduate from Quaid-e-Azam University.  She loves to sit with a cup of coffee to pen down her thoughts. She is keen on finding potential solutions to problems that concern the world.

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Rimsha Zia has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. She has a keen interest in social and political issues. She is an opinionated person and a strong advocate of women's empowerment and gender equality.

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Saba Imran is currently working as the Director Programs for a policy and legal research think-tank based in Islamabad. She is a graduate of Brunel University in London where she completed her undergraduate degree in law with honours before pursuing further study in political science with a Master’s degree in international relations. She has worked with numerous international organizations to develop quality research on issues in need of legal and policy reform.

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Sadaf Shabbir is a student of International Relations at the University of Karachi. She is a proud bibliophile analyzing world politics and contemporary events through the lens of gender studies. She focuses on unveiling the sexism and gender biases engraved in each field and discovered writing as her way to disseminate her thoughts to the world. For her, writing serves to revamp the way people interpret certain events in society.

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Sadia holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences with a Major in International Relations from Bahria University, Islamabad. She has previously interned at various institutions in Pakistan, including the Institute of Rural Management (IRM) and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). She is interested in writing and looks forward to publishing articles/research papers on global affairs.

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Mr Saif Ullah Khan is currently pursuing his BSc from Budapest Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences.

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Ms Sajal Rasool is a research assistant at the Pakistan Centre of Legal Research and Publication (PCLRP). She is also a columnist at HumSub and works in the capacity of Information Secretary in Pakistan's Youth General Assembly. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Ms Sameen Wasim is pursuing social development and policy at Habib University. She is a social activist and works in various non-profit organizations.

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Samrah Aslam is a defence strategist holding an M.Phil Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid i Azam University.

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Ms Sarah Ahmed Malik is a student of International Relations at National Defence University, Islamabad. She is very ambitious about her field and has carried out intensive research in different fields of international politics

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Ms Sarah Faraz is a recent political science graduate. Her area of interest is security studies.

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Sarmad Ishfaq works as a research fellow for the Lahore Centre for Peace Research. He has a masters in international studies from the University of Wollongong in Dubai where he graduated as the 'Top Graduate'. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and international magazines in the areas of counter-terrorism/terrorism and the geopolitics of South Asia and the GCC.

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Sarosh is currently doing her MPhil in English Literature from Forman Christian College. She is an English literature graduate from Kinnaird College for Women. Her research interests involve Western philosophy, Freudian psychology, and Transnational studies.

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Shaheera Syed looks after strategic communications at Democracy Reporting International (DRI), Pakistan. Previously, she was working at their Berlin headquarters. She holds a masters in public policy specialising in international conflict management from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Germany and has worked for numerous organisations ranging from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to the United Nations (UN).

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Mr Shayan Asees is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Political Science from LUMS.

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Sidra Azeem is a third-year student of Internation Relations at the National University of Modern Languages. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Sidra Nasheen has a bachelor's in International Relations from the University of  Management and Technology. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Sijel Khan is a contributor for Paradigm Shift.

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Sumaira Waseem received her LL.B. from Bahria University. She works as an editor for Paradigm Shift. She has worked in the capacity of an intern at the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) and Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Syed Noman Ali Shah is an MPhil scholar at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. He is currently working on Pakistan's space strategy under the supervision of Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Chairman Department of International Relations AWKUM.

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Syeda Sakina Abid has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Penning down her observations regarding the international arena is her passion.
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Ms. Tehreem has completed her Bachelor's in International Relations from Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan.

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Tooba is an undergraduate student studying English language and literature at the University of Central Punjab.

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Mr Usama Shezad has been linked with National Defence University since 2017 as a student. The writer has experience of research in different fields of world politics.
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Mr. Uzair Bin Farid completed his undergraduate degree from Quaid-e-Azam University before pursuing his Master's in Economics from IBA Karachi. He has a keen interest in IR, global politics, and strategic issues.

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Waleed Yawer works as an Assistant Research Officer at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute. He did his M.Phil in International Relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad, with a focus on international political economy. His areas of interest include American and British domestic and foreign affairs.

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Wardah Kayani is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in development studies and harbors a keen interest in history, theology, and international development.

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Ms Zainab Haseeb is studying IR at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. She has previously participated in WWF's Eco-internship.

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