THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  Making Sense of Iran-Pakistan Cross-Border Strikes

https://www.usip.org/publications/2024/01/making-sense-iran-pakistan-cross-border-strikes

Ø  Pakistan, Iran Ease Tensions after Tit-for-Tat Missile Strikes

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-01-19/us-china-urges-calm-as-pakistan-iran-look-to-ease-tensions

Ø  Experts react: What’s really going on with Pakistan and Iran exchanging attacks?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/experts-react-whats-really-going-on-with-pakistan-and-iran-exchanging-attacks/

Ø  Relevance of Diaspora Diplomacy to Bolster Pakistan-U.S. Relations

https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2024/01/25/relevance-of-diaspora-diplomacy-to-bolster-pakistan-u-s-relations/

Ø  India to be included in foreign-interference inquiry into federal elections

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-india-foreign-interference-inquiry-elections/

Ø  The Greater Goal in Gaza

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/united-states/greater-goal-gaza

Ø  The War That Remade the Middle East

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/middle-east/war-remade-middle-east-fantappie-nasr

Ø  Report: Foresight Africa 2024

https://www.brookings.edu/collection/foresight-africa-2024/

Ø  The Great and the Good in Davos Ignore Afghanistan at Their Peril

https://www.hudson.org/foreign-policy/great-good-davos-ignore-afghanistan-their-peril-luke-coffey

Ø  Pakistan calls for concrete steps by UN to stop Israeli slaughter of people in Gaza

https://www.nation.com.pk/24-Jan-2024/pakistan-calls-for-concrete-steps-by-un-to-stop-israeli-slaughter-of-people-in-gaza

Ø  End the war and recognize Palestine, Security Council urged

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145862

Ø  Africa now ‘global epicentre’ of terrorism: UN chief

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145852

Ø  Nine killed in direct hit on UNRWA shelter in Gaza

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145837

Ø  Rejection of two-State solution by Israeli leadership ‘unacceptable’, says Guterres

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145807

Ø  Women’s rights key for Afghanistan’s economic recovery

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145657

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

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

Ø  Gaza crisis: Babies being born ‘into hell’ amid desperate aid shortages

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145677

Ø  Guterres urges G77 and China to drive momentum for global governance reform

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145737

RUSSIA & EUROPE

Ø  Putin commends privileged strategic partnership between Russia, India

https://tass.com/politics/1737611

Ø  US bars Russia from International Grains Council meeting — Russian embassy
https://tass.com/russia/1737535

Ø  EU not prepared for potential armed conflict with Russia — Politico

https://tass.com/world/1737303

Ø  EU has no Plan B for Ukraine aid ahead of next summit — Belgian minister

https://tass.com/world/1736749

Ø  Russia says Ukraine had 15-minute warning on PoW flight; Kyiv denies this

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-ukraine-had-15-minute-warning-pow-flight-kyiv-demands-international-2024-01-25/

Ø  Yemen’s Houthis In Russia Discuss “Pressure” On US, Israel To End Gaza War

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/yemens-houthis-in-russia-discuss-pressure-on-us-israel-to-end-gaza-war-4933023

Ø  Plans For an India-to-Europe Trade Route Get Shelved

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2024-01-23/supply-chain-latest-india-middle-east-europe-economic-corridor

Ø  Oil supply tightens in Europe over Red Sea disruptions

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/20/oil-supply-tightens-in-europe-over-red-sea-disruptions

Ø  Why has Belgium vowed to back the ICJ’s verdict on Gaza ‘genocide’?

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/23/why-has-belgium-vowed-to-back-the-icjs-verdict-on-gaza-genocide

Ø  Turkey’s parliament approves Sweden’s NATO bid
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/23/turkeys-parliament-set-to-vote-on-swedens-nato-bid-this-week-reports

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

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

Ø  Is it time for SBP to alleviate debt burden?

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2453975/is-it-time-for-sbp-to-alleviate-debt-burden

Ø  Pakistan to remain dependent on IMF for next few years: Fitch Ratings

https://www.geo.tv/latest/528402-pakistan-to-remain-dependent-on-imf-for-next-few-years-fitch-ratings

Ø  IMF warns of risks to economy despite stabilization

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2453922/imf-warns-of-risks-to-economy-despite-stabilisation

Ø  Debt servicing up by 74% in first five months of FY24

https://www.geo.tv/latest/528417-debt-servicing-up-by-74-in-first-five-months-of-fy24

Ø  PM Kakar requests China to rollover $2bn loan

https://www.geo.tv/latest/528564-pm-kakar-requests-china-to-rollover-2bn-loans

Ø  Indispensable micro-level reforms

https://www.dawn.com/news/1807510/indispensable-micro-level-reforms

Ø  Exports of non-textile goods shrink

https://www.dawn.com/news/1807909/exports-of-non-textile-goods-shrink

Ø  World Bank touts more loans despite debt sustainability risks

https://www.dawn.com/news/1807913/world-bank-touts-more-loans-despite-debt-sustainability-risks

Ø  Financial controls tightened ahead of IMF review

https://www.dawn.com/news/1808726/financial-controls-tightened-ahead-of-imf-review

Ø  Oil near 2024 high on U.S. economic growth, Mideast concerns

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/oil-prices-ease-early-trading-set-post-weekly-gains-2024-01-26/

Ø  Intersectoral health

https://www.dawn.com/news/1808718/intersectoral-health

Ø  AI in agriculture

https://www.dawn.com/news/1807519/ai-in-agriculture

Ø  How energy-efficient lighting is helping Pakistan counter climate change

https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/how-energy-efficient-lighting-helping-pakistan-counter-climate-change

Ø  Pakistan faces unique challenge of balancing economic growth with climate change

https://www.nation.com.pk/22-Jan-2024/pakistan-faces-unique-challenge-of-balancing-economic-growth-with-climate-change