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Pathways to peace

‘The Challenge of Enlightenment, Conflict Transformation and Peace in Pakistan’ by Moonis Ahmar is a comprehensive analysis of the intricate dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding in Pakistan. Through a meticulous…

Islamophobic Modi

The Indian political horizon is in a frenzy with the ongoing 18th Lok Sabha polls. Voting for the multi-phase elections started on April 19 and will span over six weeks,…

Our striking divide

We often think of our society as a homogeneous unit. This is in many ways far from reality. While the divides that run through the political space have become increasingly…

KSA and Pakistan: transforming ties

Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) appear to have finally decided to put their so-called fraternal relations on a path that is expected to lead the two developing nations…

Polarization and threat to society

Long hauls often necessitate one to walk around inside the aircraft. I often stand peering through the tiny window on the emergency door, looking down at the passing ‘Lilliputian’ landscape…

Policymaking — to what end?

ONE critical challenge plaguing Pakistan is the tendency of its power elites to give priority to simplistic solutions to complex problems. Thoughtful approaches presented during policymaking are often disregarded in…

The polarization menace

“Severe polarization makes democracy vulnerable. In healthy democracies, opposing sides are seen as political adversaries to compete against and at times to negotiate with. In deeply polarized democracies, the other…

Reimagining governance

One of the frameworks that has been most influential in shaping my understanding of governance has been the Capability, Accountability and Responsiveness or CAR framework, developed in the early 2000s…

Mitigating export barriers

For the last couple of years, the government has been persuading the industry to enhance the country’s exports to $50 billion in the next five years. The industry, however, has…