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Foreign Affairs

Foreign affairs

On August 18, Pakistan’s newest prime minister, Imran Khan, will wake up to the reality of a live western border with Afghanistan. One hopes that his first day at work…

Affairs Not So Foreign

Affairs not so foreign

I read with interest the recent news reports of a dialogue being held in Islamabad on national security, deterrence and regional stability in South Asia. With India and Iran inking…

Reliance on foreign loans

Economic Affairs Division in its foreign economic assistance (FEA) data disclosed a 58 percent rise in foreign loan inflows in the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year compared…

Low foreign inflows

The foreign exchange reserves of the SBP have plunged to $6,116 million as of 16th of December 2022. There has been a decline in these reserves of $3,700 million since…

Conceptual poverty of foreign policy

By looking closely at the interlinked deprivations of poor people, this report provides valuable insights on how to tackle multidimensional poverty—referred to simply as “poverty” throughout—by addressing its multiple dimensions—Global…

Bhutto on foreign policy

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (BBZ) has started his official career in the same position as his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB). Given the geo-strategic challenges BBZ faces, it might help to…

How good is our foreign policy?

Pakistan appears to be losing out on its global outreach. The country’s national foreign policy is somehow not working. Few recent happenings explain it all. China last week hosted a ‘High-level Dialogue…

India’s foreign policy follies

When in trouble shoot out. Nations have a habit of using internal/ external policy overtures to deflect unwanted attention to underperforming areas. India’s latest conflict with China is not only…

Foreign economic assistance report

The recently released Annual Report on Foreign Economic Assistance for the year 2019-20 is a welcome addition to official data sources. However, it hides more than it reveals; and is…

Foreign aid: a curse?

The economic team of the PTI seems to be engaged in chest-thumping after getting the nod from the IMF for $1 billion to steer the country’s storm-tossed economy towards ‘boom’.…