Draft DPP 2020 – Keep it Simple

Draft DPP 2020 needs to cut out obfuscation, repetitions, and bring out core issues for the consideration of the decision-makers in a concise and clear manner.

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 and Geo-political Implications

The lack of international cooperation and trust deficit to tackle the COVID-19 crisis is stark. The pandemic of fear may deepen an ongoing shift towards increased anarchy reflected in ‘everyone for himself’ and could further energise the process of weakening international institutions and agreements.

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 and GCC Countries

As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the key priorities for the GCC countries are to contain the spread of the pandemic, maintain the flow of trade across their borders and preserve their economies from adverse impacts.

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis and Pakistan-China Equation

China is too important for Pakistan’s power elite, given that their stakes are tied firmly to the success of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects. Similarly, China would also need dependable and loyal allies like Pakistan willing to support and disseminate the emerging Chinese narrative on COVID-19.

April 15, 2020

Turkey Struggles to Tackle COVID-19

The political divisions and economic challenges facing the country have complicated the government’s response to the pandemic, putting the population at risk and threatening to undermine the popularity of President Erdogan.

April 14, 2020

Coping with New Guidelines on Expenditure Management

The present crisis is as much of a challenge as an opportunity to infuse financial realism in defence planning and bring about concomitant reforms in the quickest possible timeframe.

April 13, 2020

Civil War Complicates Fight Against COVID-19 in Syria

Syria’s fragile health care system on account of the continuing conflict hinders the country’s effort to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 13, 2020

Video Conferencing Apps: A New Playground for Cyber Criminals

With a new found celebrity status among the video conferencing applications, Zoom now faces a massive privacy and security threat as the platform’s default settings are not secure enough.

April 11, 2020

Covid-19 and Bangladesh: Looming Crisis in the Horizon

The Hasina Government is in overdrive to meet the Covid-19 challenge head on, and ensure that this unforeseen threat does not snowball into a major national crisis.

April 09, 2020

COVID-19 Should Qualify as Force Majeure in Defence Contracts

There is a need to act quickly on the issue of force majeure to scotch all speculations about how the MoD is going to deal with the inevitable delay in performance of contracts and instil confidence among the vendors.

April 06, 2020