• The Export Conundrum

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.08.2016 Pakistan’s exports have never crossed the $ 25 billion mark. In fact this figure was reached in the year 2010-11 when our rice and cotton exports benefitted enormously as international prices increased. This fixation on limited export items made our exports dependent on international prices because when …

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  • CYBERSPACE: Crime and Punishment

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.08.2016 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Internet, a phenomenon of a post-industrial epoch, has become ubiquitous in everyday life. To say it has transformed modern life would be limiting its vast and instrumental impact; the internet has changed personal identities, revolutionized communication, reconstructed social, political, and …

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  • The (De)pressing Issue of Migrant Workers

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.08.2016 The recent news in the media about the plight of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia has highlighted a potential pressing economic issue. India had a problem with some 3,000 workers in Saudi Arabia who had not been paid their wages and were not being allowed to leave …

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  • Monopoly Over Violence

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.08.2016 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.” William Golding’s novel, ‘Lord of the Flies’, may seemingly be a story about a group of young boys stranded on an Island trying to maintain order by establishing rules, but in …

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  • The Modi Miscalculation

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.08.2016 In one fell swoop Narendra Modi India’s BJP and extremist Hindu RSS backed Prime Minister has changed the present and future contours of the India-Pakistan relationship — perhaps forever. Speaking from the ramparts of Delhi’s Red Fort on India’s Independence Day Mr Modi said: “Today from the …

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  • Economy Watch

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.08.2016 India has enacted land mark legislation that is set to become law. This has to do with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in the country that had defied reform because of political infighting and rivalries. Now the BJP government and the Opposition have come together …

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  • Re-energizing the Kashmir Dispute

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.08.2016 By Ayesha N.I. Ahmad Research Analyst, Spearhead Research “Safeguarding national security and geo-strategic interests, including Kashmir”—Declared foreign policy objective of Pakistan. Context Since the Prime Minister’s speech at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held on September 26, 2014, it has become clear that …

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  • The Quetta Attack

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.08.2016 Jamaat ul Ahraar (JuA) supposedly linked to the Afghanistan based Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the attack in Quetta on Monday August 8, 2016. More than seventy were killed and over a hundred injured as a suicide bomber targeted a crowd of mostly lawyers outside …

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  • The ISIS Franchise

    Spearhead Analysis – 01.08.2016 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On July 23, a suicide bombing targeting the Hazara people at a peaceful demonstration killed an estimated 80, and 230 were injured. While the Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, the ISIS was quick to claim it. In the last …

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  • Rising Paranoia: The 24 Hour Coup

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.07.2016 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The concept of ‘democratic consolidation’ is one that asserts that when a democracy is stable and unwavering in its functionality, and possesses all the features of a mature democracy, it stands no chance of collapsing. Any dissent in public opinion …

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