The Saudi Arabian Resource Curse: Cultivating Socio-Economic Ignorance on Overdependence?

This column elucidates the resource curse paradox by positioning the case study of Saudi Arabia at the center of the concept. It delineates the disadvantageous position of this resource-rich country during the period of shock and its recovery phase. Furthermore, it paints in words the implications of oil abundance on the imperfect correlation that exists between religion and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

The War Crimes of Russia

Clashes between Russia and Ukraine have been a mainstay for the last few years. Russia invaded and captured Crimea in 2014 and has unleashed a full blown war on Ukraine in 2022. This war is illegal and has broken multiple international criminal, humanitarian and human rights laws. This article focuses on the international criminal aspects that have been breached by Russia by initiating the conflict.

Space Laws: What Governs Intellectual Property Rights in Outer-Space?

This article seeks to explore the current IPR regime, how it applies to outer space law, and how it may be adapted to be a better fit for the same. It seeks to do this through an analysis of the current IPR regime (by the means of various articles of international treaties and their inadequacies in addressing the needs of space law) and discussing its viability to support the growth of outer space law and its possibilities. 

With New PM Shehbaz Sharif Sworn in, a Look at what Lies Ahead for Pakistan

New Pakistan PM, Shehbaz Sharif’s key priorities will be addressing the country’s economic challenges, keeping a disparate coalition of right-wing and left-leaning parties together and a foreign policy less hostile to the west. While with India, people-to-people ties could get a boost and there is scope for resumption of bilateral trade via the Wagah-Attari land crossing. However, Sharif has limited political capital for any big ticket initiatives.

China’s Economic Slowdown and the Likely Impact on its Foreign Policy

China’s economy has witnessed a slowdown due to a number of reasons – stringent lockdowns to prevent the spread of covid19, some of Xi Jinping’s tough measures pertaining to sectors such as real estate. In recent weeks, there is a realisation that China needs a course correction and senior officials have made statements in this direction. Given its current economic state, it is likely that China may also rethink its foreign policy and ensure that ties with the west do not go downhill, in spite of the Ukraine crisis.

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