THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  Pakistan, US sign agreement on cultural property protection

https://www.dawn.com/news/1809975

Ø  The Centrality of Security in the Pakistan-US Relationship

https://thediplomat.com/2024/01/the-centrality-of-security-in-the-pakistan-us-relationship/

Ø  US, Pakistan working together for climate-smart agricultural practices: Ambassador

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2024/01/31/us-pakistan-working-together-for-climate-smart-agricultural-practices-ambassador/

Ø  How the US is preparing for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/logistics-war-how-washington-is-preparing-chinese-invasion-taiwan-2024-01-31/

Ø  Sharper: Middle East Security and Stability

https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/sharper-middle-east-security-and-stability

Ø  ‘We cannot abandon the people of Gaza’: chiefs of UN agencies and NGOs unite in appeal for UNRWA

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1146062

Ø  World court rejects bulk of Ukraine’s terrorism charges against Russia

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1146107

Ø  Report: Economic Impact Of The Destruction In Gaza

https://unctad.org/publication/preliminary-assessment-economic-impact-destruction-gaza-and-prospects-economic-recovery

Ø  World News in Brief: ICJ to release emergency measures over Israel genocide allegations, Libya flood repair bill, leprosy stigma continues

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145907

Ø  World confronts an ‘ugly and inescapable truth’ in Darfur, says ICC Prosecutor

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1146012

RUSSIA & EUROPE

Ø  UK to launch ballistic missile as part of nuclear sub trials — The Sun

https://tass.com/world/1740659

Ø  For Europe and NATO, a Russian Invasion Is No Longer Unthinkable

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/29/us/politics/europe-nato-russia-trump.html

Ø  Russia cautions US against deploying nuclear arms in UK — diplomat

https://tass.com/politics/1739755

Ø  EU ratchets up pressure on Hungary amid fear of Russia clash after victory over Kiev — WSJ

https://tass.com/world/1740287

Ø  UN court rejects almost all of Ukraine’s terrorism-related complaints against Russia

https://tass.com/world/1739977

Ø  Second time’s the charm: EU approves 50 bln euros in aid to Ukraine

https://tass.com/world/1740541

Ø  US approves sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/27/us-approves-sale-of-f-16-fighter-jets-to-turkey

Ø  Moscow vs Riyad — the battle for crude

https://www.dawn.com/news/1809462/moscow-vs-riyad-the-battle-for-crude

Ø  EU grants over Rs30b more for flood resilience

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2454837/eu-grants-over-rs30b-more-for-flood-resilience

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

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

Ø  Five-year plan unveiling delayed

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2454500/five-year-plan-unveiling-delayed

Ø  SBP maintains interest rate at 22%

https://www.geo.tv/latest/529001-state-bank-maintains-interest-rate-at-22

Ø  Fiscal deficit surpasses 2.3pc of GDP in July-Dec

https://www.dawn.com/news/1809719/fiscal-deficit-surpasses-23pc-of-gdp-in-july-dec

Ø  IMF revises Pakistan’s GDP growth projection to 2%

https://www.geo.tv/latest/529249-imf-revises-pakistans-gdp-growth-projection-to-2

Ø  Inflation, surging expenditures persist: MoF

https://www.dawn.com/news/1810204/inflation-surging-expenditures-persist-mof

Ø  Exports hit 17-month high in January

https://www.dawn.com/news/1810511/exports-hit-17-month-high-in-january

Ø  Unravelling the conundrum of failed welfare policies

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2454711/unravelling-the-conundrum-of-failed-welfare-policies

Ø  Pakistanis drank tea worth over $336 million in six months!

https://www.geo.tv/latest/529321-pakistanis-drank-tea-worth-over-336-million-in-six-months

Ø  Oil gains after OPEC+ maintains output cuts, still heads for weekly losses

Ø  https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/oil-prices-gain-after-opec-maintains-output-cuts-2024-02-02/

Ø  Agriculture: Impetus for corporate farming

https://www.dawn.com/news/1809409/agriculture-impetus-for-corporate-farming

Ø  Climate finance geopolitics

https://www.dawn.com/news/1810242/climate-finance-geopolitics

Ø  A rights-based approach to resilience in Pakistan

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2454936/a-rights-based-approach-to-resilience-in-pakistan

Ø  What to expect in new year

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452498/what-to-expect-in-new-year

Ø  How collaborative action on smog could cast new light on India-Pakistan relations

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2024/01/smog-india-pakistan-collaboration/