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Dr Murad Ali
Dr Murad Ali

The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand and was a Humboldt fellow at the German Development Institute at Bonn. He teaches at the University of Malakand.

  • October 18, 2023

    Why the BRF is important

    This photograph shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a photo with heads of...

  • September 13, 2023

    Navigating economic corridors

    We are living in an era of ‘corridorization’, ‘economic corridor’ being the new buzzword. The proponents of these ‘corridors’ claim that...

  • July 11, 2023

    A decade of CPEC

    In recent times, hardly has any other strategy or initiative gained any such global limelight than Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road...

  • June 24, 2023

    Dying in the Mediterranean

    The recent tragedy of the migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea is a grim reminder of the prevailing hopelessness in the countries of origin of...

  • June 17, 2023

    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...

  • May 25, 2023

    China and the new Middle East: Part - II

    China definitely deserves kudos for what it has accomplished regarding the Middle East in a world plagued by war after war.At the same time, what...

  • May 24, 2023

    China and the new Middle East: Part - I

    Due to its growing role in the Middle East, China is emerging as “an economic heavyweight…a diplomatic lightweight and…a military...

  • February 09, 2023

    The fault is not in our stars

    The great and ever-relevant Shakespeare has aptly stated: “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions” . What this means...

  • January 28, 2023

    Say no to camp politics?

    Amidst most of the gloom shrouding the prospects of the country’s economic landscape , perhaps the only sanguine news of late came regarding the...

  • December 01, 2022

    Disasters and educational infrastructure - Part II

    In Pakistan, there are about 23 million children that are out of school, and 22 million children are enrolled in low-quality government schools.The...

  • November 30, 2022

    Disasters and educational infrastructure - Part I

    The frequency and intensity of natural disasters has alarmingly increased in recent years, predominantly due to climate change. Both developed and...

  • October 18, 2022

    American security strategy

    In its National Security Strategy released by the White House on October 12, the Biden administration asserts: “The PRC is the only competitor...

  • July 18, 2022

    PGII: an alternative to the BRI?

    The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He teaches at the University of Malakand.We are living in the age of uncertainty. Last...

  • July 10, 2022

    Do we have urban planning at all?

    Here we go again. Monsoon rains, floods, deaths and destruction. Statements from politicians and government officials responsible for prior proper...

  • July 05, 2022

    Woes of resilience

    I came to Germany in the first week of June, thanks to a research fellowship awarded by Germany’s prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation...

  • June 14, 2022

    The US-China race

    There has been little let up in the US-China tensions, this time on the perennial issue of Taiwan. During a meeting, which lasted nearly an hour,...

  • June 08, 2022

    Remembering six days of war

    Some events have such profound implications and legacy that they leave an indelible mark on history. The Six-Day War fought June 5-10 in 1967 is one...

  • April 12, 2022

    The letter controversy

    Pakistan has some unique similarities with Turkey, particularly in the context of their bilateral relations with the US. Because of their prized...

  • April 05, 2022

    Internationalization of Chinese currency

    Recent news that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to accept payment in yuan for Saudi oil purchased by Beijing has been received...

  • February 12, 2022

    Economic zones: a quick fix?

    The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He teaches at the University of Malakand.Industrialisation, particularly the development...

  • February 05, 2022

    In solidarity with the Kashmiris

    Today , the people of Pakistan are observing Kashmir Solidarity Day to show their moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for independence. There is...

  • January 25, 2022

    NSP: what’s new?

    The launch of the National Security Policy by the PTI-led regime has generated a healthy debate. Critics have argued that the document lacks an...

  • September 21, 2021

    Remembering a gentle soul

    “Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it...

  • August 19, 2021

    A new Saigon moment?

    “The great challenge to Afghanistan’s future is not the Taliban, or the Pakistani safe havens or even an incipiently hostile Pakistan. The...

  • August 14, 2021

    In search of a scapegoat

    It is exceedingly unfortunate that there is an overriding set of assumptions among Afghan officials and common citizens regarding the role of...

  • June 22, 2021

    Aid, B3W and the BRI

    “China has its Belt and Road Initiative, and we think that there’s a much more equitable way to provide for the needs of countries around the...

  • June 03, 2021

    The US and Israel

    Once again, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is in the spotlight. Israel's insatiable lust for the lands of the poor Palestinians knows no bounds and...

  • February 13, 2021

    University reforms

    Most state-run universities across the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are plagued by a number of issues including financial crunch, mismanagement,...

  • January 26, 2021

    Good news for education

    Honest and dynamic leadership is critical for the development of any organization or a country. It has been aptly stated that an “organization...

  • January 02, 2021

    Biden and South Asia - Part II

    In its pursuit of its anti-China policy, the Trump administration typically turned a blind eye to the unilateral annulment of Article 370, revoking...

  • January 01, 2021

    Biden and South Asia - Part I

    US President-elect Biden’s administration will be faced with a number of mounting challenges at home and abroad to restore the buoyancy and lost...

  • December 14, 2020

    Biden’s Turkey challenge

    Like multiple foreign policy challenges in countries such as Afghanistan, China nad Russia, another key challenge for the incoming Biden...

  • December 09, 2020

    Tackling corruption efficiently

    The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He teaches at theUniversity of Malakand.Today is December 9 and today the world observes...

  • October 24, 2020

    What suits Pakistan? - Part II

    Unlike President Carter, Republican President Reagan believed that communism was a genuine threat. Reagan also blamed his predecessor’s policy of...

  • October 23, 2020

    What suits Pakistan? - Part I

    For obvious reasons, the US presidential elections receive global attention. However, it is perhaps the first time that these elections are...

  • October 08, 2020

    Remembering the earthquake

    The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He teaches at the University of Malakand.‘Are you ready’?, asked my colleague Mr...

  • September 20, 2020

    On the deals

    Israel has accomplished two significant diplomatic victories in the Middle East after Bahrain announced its normalisation of ties with the state,...

  • June 05, 2020

    Learning from the Marshall Plan

    The writer holds a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He teaches at the University of Malakand.Since the launch of the Belt and Road...

  • February 22, 2020

    Afghanistan and foreign aid

    In the immediate post-World War II landscape, then US Secretary of State Gen George Marshall elaborated a long and detailed programme for the...

  • February 21, 2020

    Afghanistan and foreign aid: Part - I

    “War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable...

  • November 29, 2019

    Appeasing the Israelis

    Gone are the days when there used to be at least some modicum of humanity and ethical norms in diplomacy and foreign policy. Breaking from the...

  • November 09, 2019

    A good partnership: Part - I

    Since the universal agreement to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, there have...

  • October 31, 2019

    Turkey and the US

    We are truly living in a bizarre world. When literally almost everyone has access to the latest mode of communication to convey messages and...

  • September 20, 2019

    Why we strike

    Today, there is a global call for a strike to awaken the conscience of key actors about the imminent dangers of unabated carbon emissions and...

  • February 05, 2019

    Breaking the cycle of atrocities

    Like numerous policy implications of the so-called war on terror, one particular implication has been to equate the struggle for independence and...

  • December 16, 2018

    The myths of December

    The month of December has always been a time to reflect upon our past, or to be precise, on the collective magnificent follies that we have so...

  • December 07, 2018

    The quest for water security: Part - II

    According to the findings of a study titled ‘Sustainable hydropower in the 21st century’, hydropower development is a global phenomenon. It is...

  • December 03, 2018

    The quest for water security

    Chief Justice Saqib Nisar’s appeal for donations and participation in fund-raising events in the UK to build dams and increase the country’s...

  • November 06, 2018

    Why does militancy arise?

    Ina recent discussion on the dynamics behind extremism in the country, particularly in the Pashtun belt, a number of factors were enumerated by the...