From The Editor’s Desk

As the Chief Editor of Global Affairs, it is my honor to present the December 2021 Edition for our esteemed audience. My team and I have put our heart and souls into this edition and we hope you will find it informative and engaging.

This month’s Title is dedicated to This month’s title is dedicated to Olaf Scholz – the new German Chancellor. The Edition includes insights about his political career while also exploring and promoting 70 Years of Pakistan-Germany Bilateral Ties.

Oman has celebrated its 51st National Day of the Renaissance on which I would like to congratulate the entire nation and leadership of Oman. Moreover, Turkey & UAE have signed financial cooperation deals and Malaysia has expressed interest in fostering trade ties with Pakistan while Dubai’s top Realtors are all set to enter Pakistan.

In the context of evolving situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Mr. Moeed Yusuf has offered air and land routes for international donors to support Afghanistan, Prime Minister Khan has approved Rs. 5 billion humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Moscow has expressed concerns regarding the Afghan Humanitarian Crisis and UN has warned of a collosal collapse of the Afghan Banking System.

In the context of Strategic Affairs, Russia presented the latest Checkmate Jet at Dubai which has gathered international attention among the strategic communities. US has announced to pursue Over the Horizon missions in Afghanistan.

This edition also has a healthy blend of stories pertaining to various categories including but not limited to business, opinion, diplomacy, politics and current affairs. This edition covers the latest developments in the context of CPEC and BRI, Metaverse, COVID-19 Pandemic, Kyrgyzstan Polls, the Afghanistan Issue, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) amongst others.

Lastly, we have also added some opinion pieces as writers and analysts around the world have penned down their thoughts on important world affairs. Opinions by our valuable contributors also encompass a wide range including on the Duality of Social Media, Human Enhancement Technologies and the Indian Farmer Protests.

We hope you will enjoy this edition thoroughly and remain updated with significant developments happening at the Global and National scale. I am always looking forward to reading the reviews of my readers so please don’t hesitate in sending us your valuable feedback.

Diplomacy

Politics

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    PTI’s Abdul Qayyum Niazi elected new Prime Minister of AJK

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Abdul Qayyum Niazi has been elected the 13th prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He received 33 votes in the newly formed Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, whereas joint opposition's candidate Chaudhry Latif Akbar garnered 15 votes. Niazi succeeds PML-N’s Raja Farooq Haider, whose tenure in the AJK PM's office […] More

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    How an Afghan refugee crisis at sea transformed Australia policy

    Twenty years ago, a Norwegian freighter rescued hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers off a sinking Indonesian vessel, triggering a crisis that ushered in Australia’s hard line immigration policies. Melbourne, Australia – In August 2001, an Indonesian fishing boat carrying 433 asylum seekers was en route to Australia’s Christmas Island, when its engine failed in international […] More

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    9/11 – 90 minutes that changed the world

    On September 11, 2001, four hijacked aircraft smashed into the iconic landmarks of the United States of America – a 90-minute event that triggered a domino effect across the world with its reverberations that continue to be felt even 20 years later. Over the two decades, the world has seen the threat of al-Qaeda diminish […] More

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    New Zealand’s Relationship With Japan May Be About to Change

    As the Tokyo Olympics come to an end, the very successful Japan-New Zealand partnership may be about to become a lot more complicated.

    As New Zealand’s very successful Olympic campaign in Tokyo draws to a close, it’s easy to be equally positive and optimistic about the state of New Zealand’s wider relationship with Japan.   If New Zealand’s trading relationships were Olympic sports, Japan would miss out on a medal – but not by much. Japan is New […] More

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    How VR is Redefining eLearning Experience

    Along with the advancement of technology, there has been a revolution in the educational industry as well. Whether it is print media or web, we have acknowledged richer and easily accessible information. Therefore, the idea of web-based learning systems has always made sense to us. As we are turning more and more digital with online […] More

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    PTCL Group Successfully Conducts 5G trial in a Limited Environment

    PTCL Group, one of the country’s largest telecom groups and the backbone of connectivity in Pakistan, has successfully tested 5G technology at a special ceremony held at PTCL Headquarters, which was graced by Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication as the Chief Guest. The 5G trial was conducted in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis.

    The ceremony was attended by Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Federal Secretary IT & Telecom and Chair- man Board of Directors, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Major General (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa HI (M), Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), H.E. Nong Rong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Ha- mad Obaid Ibrahimi Alzabbi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, along […] More

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