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The ‘Pawri’ diplomacy

The “almost” blasphemous has happened. An Indian music composer Yashraj Mukhate gave music to the Pakistani “Pawri girl” video. Banned, no. Arrested, no. Social boycott, no. Condemned, no. Maybe I…

Education diplomacy: for the Afghans

Let me say up front that this op-ed is not about helping the Taliban; it is about helping the Afghan (and Pakistani) people. Anyone who has read me even occasionally…

A test of our economic diplomacy

China Pakistan Economic Corridor is essential part of OBOR and serves as a showcase given best relations enjoyed by two countries. Funding of 62B$ is by far the highest for…

Science diplomacy

The seemingly inherent incongruences between science and diplomacy can lend an element of incoherence to initiatives that see science and diplomacy working together for mutual benefit. Interestingly, notwithstanding these disjunctions,…

Crass diplomacy

THE US struck a poor low in the conduct of diplomatic relations recently. One thought that President Joe Biden would break with his predecessor Donald Trump’s crudeness. Its senior officials…

Diplomacy’s lens

TRADITIONALLY seen through the lens of peace and security, the diplomacy of modern times covers the entire spectrum of international relations, from trade to health. The scope and scale of…

Pandemic diplomacy

THERE is dismay that Pakistan has not been removed from the UK’s travel ‘red list’, even though India has. Some say it’s the science: Pakistan’s Covid-19 infection rates are increasing, and its…

The public diplomacy challenge

In my last piece published in this space (‘Scrambling for influence’, July 31), I spoke of the need for engaging in the battle of ideas as an expression of the…