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Nearing the Edge | World War III is Almost Here

Written by Paradigm Shift 7:58 pm

As global tensions continue to rise, the threat of a third world war looms large. The Doomsday Clock, a symbol of the world’s proximity to catastrophe, is closer to midnight than ever before. This video dives deep into the escalating tensions across the globe.
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Top 10 Contributors to Global CO2 Emissions

Written by Fatima tuz Zahra 6:44 pm

Amid rising temperatures and increasing natural disasters, climate change looms as a pressing threat. Despite strides towards renewable energy adoption, global warming persists, fueled by significant carbon dioxide emissions from various states. This infographic sheds light on the top contributors to CO2 emissions worldwide.
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Navigating Regional Dynamics: Pakistan and its Role under the SCO Umbrella

Written by Manahil Waqas 6:31 pm

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was founded in 2001 to address security concerns and resolve border disputes between Central Asian Republic states (CARs), China and Russia. Pakistan became a full member in 2017, which allowed it to develop friendly relations with CARs and dissipate hostilities with its immediate neighbors and Russia. Manahil Waqas observes that Pakistan’s geographical location is ideal for constructing an energy corridor connecting South Asia with Central Asia, that can help resolve its energy crisis and position itself as a key player in the region’s development. India has repeatedly raised objections, creating obstructions and sabotaging the entire region’s economic development.
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Local Payment Networks: Replacing the US-based Visa and MasterCard

Written by Sheharyar Malik 6:45 pm

The rise of local payment networks in countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia is challenging the dominance of US-based international payment networks (Visa and MasterCard). Despite a raging war, Russia’s MIR has proven itself to be a reliable option for Russian citizens while Mada has taken over in Saudi Arabia. Sheharyar Malik contemplates the lessons that Pakistan’s PayPak can learn from these local networks to reduce the country’s reliance on international payment methods.
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Orderly Disorder in Global Politics

Written by Tufail Abbas 9:28 pm

While exploring states’ behavior, external orientations, and extraneous engagements, Tufail Abbas comprehensively discusses how order has never been normal in global politics and how states’ self-centric proclivities result in perpetual structural anarchy and lawlessness. After comprehensively discussing the scope and substance of the liberal order, this opinion moves on to introduce its readers to a new milieu wherein China, Russia, and other revisionist nations are undertaking concerted efforts to establish a sustainable, more democratic, adaptive, and a pluralistic global operating system as a means towards taming anarchy.
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Maskirovka, A Russian Military Strategy—Is the Element of Surprise Still Relevant?

Written by Alishbah Syed 7:37 pm

Maskirovka has always been an elusive term, often times used crudely at any Russian perceived act, but there is more depth, complexity, and meaning to maskirovka than some immoral Russian trickery. It is a military art, deemed reliable since its first use against the Mongols. It is a way of war, and along with it comes the element of surprise, an under-rated part of maskirovka. Alishbah Syed explores the concept of maskirovka and the continuing relevance of surprise in it.
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Tales from the Steppes: The Presence of Muslims & Islam in Russia

Written by Fatimah Naeem 6:17 pm

The history of the Muslim communities in Russia dates farther back than the collapse of the Soviet Union. This article delves into the rich heritage of Islamic traditions in Russia, from the early interactions with Tatar Muslims to the modern-day expressions of faith among diverse Muslim communities. Fatimah Naeem examines the challenges and opportunities faced by Muslims in the Russian state, including issues of religious freedom, cultural integration, and political representation. She also highlights the contributions of Islam to Russian culture and society, showcasing the resilience and diversity of Muslim identities within the Russian Federation.
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The Iran-Israel War: A False Front of Power

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:24 pm

The Iran-Israel war has been making headlines in April, and rightly so—the fear of a WWIII happening has the world glued to screens now, more than ever before. Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan has a different view of these attacks between Iran and Israel. He deems them only to be an act; a play that appears to show both countries as protagonists.
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The Most Sanctioned Countries Worldwide

Written by Emaan Tanveer 9:04 pm

Sanctions have been used as a popular tool by the international community to pressure countries. Since its invasion of Ukraine in 2023, Russia has become the most sanctioned country in the world. Other sanctioned states include Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Belarus.
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Terror Attacks in Pakistan: Role of Afghanistan in Promoting Instability  

Written by Muhammad Hamza Tanvir 11:01 pm

Since the American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, Pakistan has consistently voiced its concern regarding the neighboring country’s harboring of terrorists. The recent surge in terror attacks in Pakistan, Iran, and Russia has reignited this concern, prompting questions about American interests in fostering instability in the region.
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Russia’s War in Ukraine: Shrouded in Western Hypocrisy

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:03 pm

In his analysis, Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan discusses the glaring hypocrisy of the West amid Russia’s war with Ukraine. He highlights the stark contrast in Western response, noting that despite its apathy towards conflicts in Iraq, Palestine, and Bosnia, the West has now decided to raise its voice for Ukraine simply because it’s considered “civilized,” unlike the others. The author critiques Western involvement and its portrayal of Ukraine as a victim, while predicting a grim future for the country. He emphasizes the need for a fairer global order based on equality and justice.
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[Video] The Future of Shipping | Egypt’s Suez Canal vs Israel’s Ben-Gurion Canal

Written by Paradigm Shift 9:01 pm

The Suez Canal blockage in 2021 had a significant impact on the global economy, which prompted a search for alternative trade routes. This video explores the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and Israel’s Ben-Gurion Canal as potential alternatives to the Suez Canal, analyzing their benefits, challenges, and geopolitical implications. It contemplates the role of major powers like Russia and China in shaping these trade routes and considers the future of global shipping and trade.
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The New Great Game: A Pakistani Perspective

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:09 pm

Lt Gen Tariq Khan provides an in-depth account of the historical rivalry known as the “Great Game” that took place between the British and Russian empires in the subcontinent during the 19th century. In his paper, he explains that the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan created a power vacuum, which set the stage for a “New Great Game” in the South Asian region. This region is of immense importance due to its geo-strategic location which is central to China, Central Asian republics, Iran, and Pakistan.
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The Anglo-Soviet Invasion of Iran

Written by Amna Asif 5:06 pm

The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran officially began on 25th August 1941 and concluded on 31st August 1941, a day after the Iranian government had agreed to surrender and establish a ceasefire. However, the invasion was more than a mere military operation; it assisted in setting the stage for Iran’s role in global politics along with shifting the perspective of the Iranian government and its populace concerning the West.
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Trump’s Ukraine Policy: From Allies to Ambiguity

Written by Sanan Hassan Lashari 6:29 pm

As US elections loom, people have started to pay closer attention to candidates and their policies regarding pressing global issues. Sanan Lashari gives his candid opinion as he explains Donald Trump’s stance regarding the war in Ukraine. Although Trump has publicly wished for the war to end, his sentiments are troubling for the Western world as he stated he would endorse a Russian invasion of Ukraine if the latter did not pay its share of the NATO defense budget.
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From Swords to Drones: The Impact of Technology on Warfare

Written by Sadia Iqbal 7:51 pm

Over time, warfare has evolved from primitive conflicts to complex, organized endeavors, heavily influenced by technological advancements. From early weaponry like swords to modern innovations such as drones and cyber warfare, technology has continued to shape military strategies and tactics. The manipulation of the internet and emerging technologies like drones, missile shields, and hacking are shaping modern warfare, emphasizing the importance of technological superiority in military operations.
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Insight into the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC)

Written by Minahil Khalid 6:29 pm

The India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) is positioning itself as a competitor to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Minahil Khalid expands on how this initiative materialized after the September 2023 G20 summit. IMEC holds significant economic and strategic importance as it connects India, the Arabian Gulf, and Europe, thereby establishing a trade route with the potential to reshape global trading dynamics. The impact of IMEC on Pakistan needs to be assessed, considering that this corridor may pose challenges to the success and involvement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the region.
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