TPNW

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): One Step Closer to a Ban?

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force on January 22, 2021 and is being celebrated by many as the dawn of a new nuclear order. The treaty is the first of its kind in that it comprehensively bans the development and possession of nuclear weapons and is a result of 50 years worth of attempts to curb the proliferation of such weapons. Its proponents argue that the treaty challenges the hegemony and moral exceptionalism of the states that continue to possess nuclear weapons

Analyzing Pakistan’s Compliance on the FATF Action Plan

In 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on its list of “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” – or the ‘grey-list’ – citing ‘structural deficiencies’ that resulted in failure to effectively target terrorism financing and money laundering (TF/ML). In collaboration with the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG), FATF issued a 27-Point Action Plan for…

Explainer on The Line of Actual Control

Contrary to popular perception, international law is at the core of China-India recent standoff. China’s claim rests on the primacy of customary international law compared to the claim of India, which is based on succeeding rights from British India. Interestingly, India was not even privy to the agreements from which it derives succeeding claims. The…

The Spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease, labelled as a modern-era pandemic and a public health emergency by the World Health Organization. Spreading throughout the world, it has infected millions, and claimed the lives of more than 170,000 people. Countries all over are faced with the unenviable challenge of balancing the health of their citizens — with stay-at-home orders, closure of industries, etc — and the need to ensure that social safety nets to maintain the livelihoods of the poorest demographics.