THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  Pakistan says it struck targets in Iran; U.S. hits Houthi sites in Yemen

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/18/israel-hamas-war-news-gaza-palestine-updates/

Ø  Pakistan Retaliates With Strikes Inside Iran as Tensions Spill Over

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/17/world/asia/pakistan-iran-strike.html

Ø  US condemns Iran’s attack on Pakistan

https://www.nation.com.pk/18-Jan-2024/us-condemns-iran-s-attack-on-pakistan

Ø  Democracy and Geopolitics Are on the Ballot in 2024

https://carnegieendowment.org/2024/01/10/democracy-and-geopolitics-are-on-ballot-in-2024-pub-91357

Ø  The Houthis are again ‘specially designated global terrorists.’ Here’s what that means.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/the-houthis-are-again-specially-designated-global-terrorists-heres-what-that-means/

Ø  An inflection point for the Houthis

https://www.brookings.edu/articles/an-inflection-point-for-the-houthis/

Ø  Trump wins Iowa — no surprises there. What happens next?

https://www.brookings.edu/articles/trump-wins-iowa-no-surprises-there-what-happens-next/

Ø  Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea: Issues for Congress

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN12301

Ø  Will the US again veto the UNSC resolution on Gaza?

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/12/21/will-the-us-again-veto-the-unsc-resolution-on-gaza

Ø  The Republic of South Africa institutes proceedings against the State of Israel and requests the Court to indicate provisional measures

https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20231229-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Ø  Public sitting held on Friday 12 January 2024, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Donoghue presiding, in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)

https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240112-ora-01-00-bi.pdf

Ø  Pakistan backs ICJ probe into ‘genocide’ in Gaza

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452885/pakistan-backs-icj-probe-into-genocide-in-gaza

Ø  War against Hamas in Gaza is act of self-defence, Israel tells world court

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145452

Ø  Security Council meets over widening Middle East crisis

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145487

Ø  Gaza health system collapsing, as UN agencies renew ceasefire call

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145632

Ø  UN coordinator for Gaza visits Egypt to ‘expedite all areas’ of aid

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145612

Ø  UN agency urges ‘all possible support’ for Sudanese civilians

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145622

Ø  Gaza crisis: Back two-State solution urges UN chief, ‘once and for all’

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145607

Ø  Ukraine: Civilian casualties spike following wave of Russian attacks

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145567

Ø  Prospects for Children in 2024: Cooperation in a Fragmented World

https://www.unicef.org/globalinsight/reports/prospects-children-2024-global-outlook

Ø  UN Assembly President outlines vision for 2024

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145597

Ø  Explainer: What is the Genocide Convention?

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145432

RUSSIA & EUROPE

Ø  NATO to hold biggest drills since Cold War with 90,000 troops

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2453665/nato-to-hold-biggest-drills-since-cold-war-with-90000-troops

Ø  Over 30 countries interested in approaching BRICS, integration has bright future — Lavrov
https://tass.com/politics/1733979

Ø  France denies Russian claim of mercenaries in Ukraine
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/18/france-denies-russian-claim-of-mercenaries-in-ukraine

Ø  Russia’s Lavrov rejects US proposal to resume nuclear arms talks
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/18/russias-lavrov-rejects-us-proposal-to-resume-nuclear-arms-talks

Ø  EU rearms Ukraine as calls mount for higher defence spending https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/17/eu-rearms-ukraine-as-calls-mount-for-higher-defence-spending

Ø  Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges Western allies to step up pressure on Russia

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/16/zelenskyy-urges-western-allies-to-step-up-pressure-on-russia

Ø  EU, US urge sustained support for Ukraine in war against Russia
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/16/eu-us-urge-sustained-support-for-ukraine-in-war-against-russia

Ø  Thousands of tractors block Berlin traffic over plans to end diesel subsidy

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/15/thousands-of-tractors-block-berlin-traffic-over-plans-to-end-diesel-subsidy

Ø  Russia dismisses Davos discussion on Ukrainian president’s peace plan
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/15/russia-dismisses-davos-discussion-of-ukrainian-presidents-peace-plan

Ø  Europe’s Growth Engine Is Broken
https://www.wsj.com/world/europe/europes-growth-engine-is-broken-38e1d91c

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

Ø  SBP Weekly Data Report
http://www.sbp.org.pk/ecodata/index2.asp

Ø  Pakistan, Dubai ink $3 billion pacts at Davos

https://www.dawn.com/news/1807020/pakistan-dubai-ink-3-billion-pacts-at-davos

Ø  Lenders extend just $5.9bn in first half

https://www.dawn.com/news/1806981/lenders-extend-just-59bn-in-first-half

Ø  Pakistan receives $700 million IMF bailout tranche

https://www.geo.tv/latest/527366-pakistan-receives-700-million-imf-bailout-tranche

Ø  Current account posts $397m surplus

https://www.dawn.com/news/1806714/current-account-posts-397m-surplus

Ø  Economic future fraught with uncertainty: WEF

https://www.dawn.com/news/1806233/economic-future-fraught-with-uncertainty-wef

Ø  Pakistan agrees with Riyadh, Doha to go for international arbitration on investments

https://www.geo.tv/latest/527315-pakistan-agrees-with-riyadh-doha-to-go-for-international-arbitration-on-investments

Ø  Circular debt reaches Rs5.73tr

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2453386/circular-debt-reaches-rs573tr

Ø  Oil prices ease on China demand worries, supply forecasts

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/oil-prices-drift-lower-china-demand-worries-2024-01-19/

Ø  Climate-conflict nexus

https://www.dawn.com/news/1806706/climate-conflict-nexus

Ø  Bridging the gap: Dr Adil Najam urges a ‘desi’ approach to climate change

https://www.samaa.tv/208738244-bridging-the-gap-dr-adil-najam-urges-a-desi-approach-to-climate-change

Ø  The 1.5-degree climate goal may be ‘deader than a doornail,’ and scientists are bitterly divided over it

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/01/18/climate/paris-climate-goal-threatened-intl/index.html

Ø  Climate and AI

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1148849-climate-and-ai