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On geo-economics

This article examines the idea of geoeconomics, its offensive deployment against Pakistan, and how a defensive response can be organised. Conceptually, geoeconomics encapsulates one premise and two recommendations. By the…

A geoeconomics-led Indo-Pak détente?

Unless we remove our economy from the bottle in which we had managed to thrust it as we tried to cope with the harsh realities of independence surrounded by a…

From geo-politics to geo-economics

Nearly everybody wants to talk to the Taliban. Nearly everybody thinks Pakistan is the medium for talks. Nearly everybody feels the US’ entry and exit strategy in Afghanistan was faulty.…

The economics of Corruption

Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Beijing on "Shaping a Brighter Future" highlighted five impediments to achieving sustainable…

Pakistan development update

The World Bank launched its Pakistan Development Update last week, which is a twice-a-year publication shedding light on the state of the country's economy and its future prospects. In these…

Development studies

In Pakistan, many public and private universities have established development studies departments. There may be different views about their courses and programmes. As a development practitioner, I have a fresh…

Good economics is inclusive politics

The defeat of Finance Minister Mr Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate elections is not just a defeat of Mr Imran Khan but a rejection of the idea that ‘economic-technocrats’ are…

Economics and environment

The major issue with theories of social sciences is their rather broad generalisations. They have been developed by looking at the general behaviour rather than how individuals behave. These theories…

Development and policies: Part – II

The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad. In the first part of this series of articles we have discussed some basic policy…