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Inequality, poverty, and austerity — II

Unfortunately, both the IMF and individual countries practicing these, in or outside of the IMF programme, are not learning from this experience of over-board implementation of monetary- and fiscal austerity…

May 9 and the cult of Imran Khan

On May 9, the militant cult-followers of a ‘political’ leader waged war against the state of Pakistan, violently attacking symbols of the state and dishonouring monuments put up in memory…

The rise and rise of Trump

Is the wave of neo-populism declining across the globe? The answer to this question is still ambiguous. However, from the tempestuous exit of Imran Khan and the defeat of Jair…

The JI and the jiyalas

The PPP is not quite the party it used to be and today there are more people in the vicinity who wince at the mere mention of it than perhaps…

Central Asia and the BRI

One major geographic characteristic of Central Asian countries is their landlockedness. Being a landlocked economy creates challenges in all spheres of policy – foreign policy, security, international trade as well…

IMF versus vote politics

In political science, economic voting is a theoretical perspective which argues that voter behavior is heavily influenced by the economic conditions in the country at the time of the election. According to this perspective, voters tend to vote…

The other side of politics

For a politician who was brought up in the lap of the powers that be and who rode to power on their coattails, it must be excruciatingly agonizing to see…

Leadership and economics

Upon the conclusion of every single overseas visit I am filled with sadness and a deep sense of disillusionment. This is despite a divinely blessed deep reservoir of optimistic attitude…

Kissinger on China and the US

On the momentous occasion of Henry Kissinger’s 100th birthday, he still continues to divulge his astute observations on the complex realm of US-China relations. With unwavering acuity, Kissinger keeps on…

People, politicians and political space

When Imran Khan came to power in 2018 many hoped he would break the hold of the corrupt and inefficient two-party system, which had controlled Pakistan’s political space since 1988.…