Current Affairs World July 2016

Heading for a New Cold War By Mohammad Jamil

BASKING in the glow of popularity at home and abroad, and because of ever-increasing income from oil and gas, Russian President Vlidimir Putin has been critical of the US – the sole super power.

Read more July 30

Syria May Crumble Down | Editorial

FIVE years of civil war has left Syria bleeding but little is being done to help end the conflict that has already claimed the lives of over 400,000 people and now spiralling beyond the boundaries of the country.

Read more July 29

The Implications of a Nuclearised South Asia By Hassan Khan

Technological advances have brought the world to the brink of uncertainty where warfare is not only fought on economic scale but also on proxy level. Low intensity conflicts and terrorism are currently two of the biggest security challenges the international community faces.

Read more July 28

The United States’ Flawed Foreign Policy By Dr Aamir Khan

Nobody doubts that the US has been a phenomenally successful country ever since it was created out of a British colony. Since then, it has been responsible for some of the most breath-taking technological inventions and popular lifestyle trends.

Read more July 25

International Law & Foreign Policy By Ahmer Bilal Soofi

THE recently released Chilcot Report of the Iraq Inquiry has created quite a stir in international law and politics. Crucially, its bruising fallout for the UK and US also offers important takeaways for our own government and judiciary.

Read more July 25

World Nuclear Performance Report By Beenish Altaf

The world nuclear performance report 2016 by the World Nuclear Association has given an updated account on the nuclear energy for sustainable development while critically evaluating the recent industry highlights; the history of global nuclear industry has been recorded with missed outcomes.

Read more July 23

Is World Ready to Face Global Warming | Editorial

ACCORDING to a warning by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the world is on track for its hottest year on record and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming.

Read more July 23

Europe After Brexit, NATO Summit And Turkish Geopolitical Vertigo – OpEd By Prof Anis Bajrektarevic

A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. The Brexit after-shock is still to reverberate around.

Read more July 19

Europe After Brexit, NATO Summit And Turkish Geopolitical Vertigo – OpEd By Prof Anis Bajrektarevic

A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. The Brexit after-shock is still to reverberate around.

Read more July 19

The New World Disorder By Abid Mustikhan

The year was 1971. As a young man, I hopped on a Pan Am flight to New York with my eventual destination being Port Huron, Michigan. Port Huron, a small town on the US-Canadian border, then had a total population of around 40,000.

Read more July 18

Nuclear Threat Looms Large By Rizwan Asghar

Something changed forever when the first nuclear device was detonated in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945. As the 71st anniversary of that fateful event fell yesterday, there is an awful lot to worry about the uncertain future of more than seven billion people in the world today.

Read more July 17

US’s ‘Silence’ on the Issue of Kashmir | Editorial

According to the US State Department, the United States has been quietly engaged with both Pakistan and India for the need to have a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Read more July 17

Turkish Military Claims Govt Take Over

Turkey’s armed forces “fully seized control” of the country Friday, according to a statement from the military published by a Turkish news agency, as gunfire was heard outside military headquarters, fighter jets buzzed over the capital and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul.

Read more July 16

Iran Nuclear Deal Holding but More Work Needed

Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is holding a year after it was agreed but more needs to be done to ensure its full implementation, a top Iranian negotiator said on Wednesday.

Read more July 14

Peace in Afghanistan Remains Elusive By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The NATO decision to keep 13000 thousand troops in Afghanistan till 2017 and pledging funds for local security forces until 2020, does not augur well for resolution of conflict in Afghanistan.

Read more July 14

Changing Political Landscape of World By Mohammad Jamil

On Friday, China warned that the plans by the US and South Korea to deploy a missile defence system on the Korean Peninsula could destabilize the region, and were not conducive to achieving the objective of “denuclearisation”.

Read more July 12

NATO Launches Biggest Military Revamp Since End of Cold War to Counter Russia

NATO leaders united on Saturday behind a “hard-headed” policy of deterrence and dialogue with Russia after launching the alliance’s biggest military revamp since the Cold War to counter a resurgent Moscow.

Read more July 10

China, India Eye ‘Asian Century’ as Brexit Rattles Old Order

Britain's vote to leave the European Union and simmering discontent in other Western countries is seen as hastening the arrival of an "Asian Century", analysts say, led by the rise of China and India.

Read more July 10

Expansionist China and Russia Deepen Ties By Gordon G. Chang

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin met on the 25th of last month in Beijing and issued statements bound to upset their neighbors and the US. For instance, the two leaders, who are both using force to expand and secure their borders.

Read more July 10

Brexit Debacle: The Historic Perspective By M Yasir Kayani

The result of the 23rd June European Union Referendum has been declared and finally the question for the Britain either to remain in or to leave EU has been answered.

Read more July 10

The Central Asian Front By Afrasiab Khattak

Central Asia doesn’t receive full attention in discussions about the regional impact of apparently unending conflagration in Afghanistan, despite the fact that three out of the six immediate neighbours of Afghanistan.

Read more July 09

Indo-US Threatening Defence Relations | Editorial

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, without mincing words, has expressed serious concerns over growing Indo-US defence relations presenting threats to regional peace and security.

Read more July 09

Will NPT Ever Achieve its Objectives By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

In the domain of nuclear non-proliferation the Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) have undertaken not to transfer to any recipient nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

Read more July 09

The rise of a new world By Taha Najeeb

Not too long ago, the wham bam of successive world wars taught us a simple lesson: peace is better than war. Ceaseless command and control was to give way to the subtler principles of game theory.

Read more July 07

About the SAARC Summit | Editorial

Panama aftermath, opposition up in arms, possible street agitation, etc, will be the least of the prime minister’s problems as he heads back home shortly. There’s uproar, and plenty of it, on the foreign front as well.

Read more July 05

Bomber targets Masjid an-Nabavi as terror strikes Saudi Arabia

Six people were killed when a suicide bomber struck near Al-Masjid an-Nabavi or the Prophet’s Mosque in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, the second-holiest site in Islam, while three suicide bombers struck in the eastern city of Qatif and Jeddah.

Read more July 05

Modern warfare: A view from the sea By Muhammad Azam Khan

The concept of warfare has been undergoing perpetual transformation since the end of the Cold War. Connectivity in a borderless world brimming with transnational challenges has precipitated changes occurring at a breathtaking pace.

Read more July 04

India-Israel Military Ties: Is it a threat to Pak-China ? By Nadeem Manzoor Salahri

Indian researcher and former employee of the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikram Sanjit has said that India-Israel collaboration on nuclear and missile technology could become a headache for China and Pakistan in future, reported Friday.

Read more July 04

The World After Brexit By Shahid Javed Burki

On June 23, voters in Britain, by voting 52 per cent to 48 per cent to exit the European Union, shocked the world — in particular, the global financial markets.

Read more July 04