THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  Pakistan rejects its ‘biased and arbitrary’ placement by US on religious freedom watch list

https://www.dawn.com/news/1804209/pakistan-rejects-its-biased-and-arbitrary-placement-by-us-on-religious-freedom-watch-list

Ø  U.S. and China hold defense talks ahead of Taiwan election

https://www.cnas.org/press/in-the-news/u-s-and-china-hold-defense-talks-ahead-of-taiwan-election

Ø  Amid growing scrutiny of Qatar, U.S. renews military base agreement

https://www.cnas.org/press/in-the-news/amid-growing-scrutiny-of-qatar-u-s-renews-military-base-agreement

Ø  The Israeli right undermines Biden’s Middle East agenda

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/10/israel-right-biden-middle-east-blinken/

Ø  Blinken Returns to Middle East as Tensions Grow With Israel

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/05/us/politics/blinken-israel-gaza-war.html

Ø  Blinken Calls for ‘Practical Pathway’ to a Palestinian State

https://foreignpolicy.com/2024/01/09/israel-blinken-practical-pathway-palestinian-state-gaza-icj/?tpcc=recirc_latest062921

Ø  Pakistan Finds a New Scapegoat

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/pakistan/pakistan-finds-new-scapegoat

Ø  Russia’s War against Ukraine: European Union Responses and U.S.-EU Relations

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11897

Ø  Security Council strongly condemns Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145382

Ø  ‘No end in sight’ to Ukraine war, UN political chief warns

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145372

Ø  General Assembly meets over Gaza veto by US in Security Council

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/01/1145352

Ø  Full text: https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/12/1145022

Ø  World Economic Situation and Prospects 2024

https://desapublications.un.org/publications/world-economic-situation-and-
prospects-2024?_gl=1*drcjpi*_ga*MTkwOTUxMTg3Ni4xNjg5ODQ0MzA4*_ga_
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.

Ø  World Employment and Social Outlook

https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—inst/documents/publication/wcms_908142.pdf

RUSSIA & EUROPE

Ø  GSP+ helps double Pakistan exports to EU: envoy

https://www.dawn.com/news/1804622/gsp-helps-double-pakistan-exports-to-eu-envoy

Ø  NATO pledges billions of euros in military aid for Ukraine in 2024

https://tass.com/world/1730773

Ø  As Europe Weathers Cold Snap, Fears of Russia Power Cutoff Fade

https://www.voanews.com/a/as-europe-weathers-cold-snap-fears-of-russia-power-cutoff-fade/7434434.html

Ø  EU Red Sea Shipping Turmoil Leads to a Drop in European Goods Trade

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2024-01-11/supply-chain-latest-europe-s-trade-slump-from-red-sea-turmoil

Ø  Russia becomes Europe’s first economy despite ‘pressure from all sides,’ Putin says

https://tass.com/economy/1730891

Ø  Russia doubles down on fast, cheap, unguided bombs to attack Ukraine

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/11/russia-doubles-down-on-fast-cheap-unguided-bombs-to-strike-ukraine

Ø  Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria sign memorandum on combatting mine threat in Black Sea

https://tass.com/defense/1731063

Ø  Russia requests UN Security Council to convene on Friday over strikes on Yemen

https://tass.com/politics/1731379

Ø  US stops arms supplies to Ukraine — White House

https://tass.com/world/1731395

Ø  Zelenskyy says Western hesitation on aid emboldens Putin

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/10/zelenskyy-on-surprise-baltics-tour-to-rally-support-against-russia

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

Ø  SBP Weekly Data Report
http://www.sbp.org.pk/ecodata/index2.aspØ  Inflation and devaluation

https://www.dawn.com/news/1804905

Ø  Govt borrows record Rs4.2tr

https://www.dawn.com/news/1805134/govt-borrows-record-rs42tr

Ø  IMF sees ‘tentative signs’ of Pakistan’s economic activity picking up

https://www.geo.tv/latest/526716-imf-sees-tentative-signs-of-pakistans-economic-activity-picking-up

Ø  Govt set to pay $27.5b debt by Nov

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452960/govt-set-to-pay-275b-debt-by-nov

Ø  Spending restraint a must for economic stability

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452488/spending-restraint-a-must-for-economic-stability

Ø  Pakistan’s economy to reel under global challenges in 2024, says UN report

https://www.dawn.com/news/1803607/pakistans-economy-to-reel-under-global-challenges-in-2024-says-un-report

Ø  Pakistan receives 23 IMF bailouts in 75 years

https://www.dawn.com/news/1803805/pakistan-receives-23-imf-bailouts-in-75-years

Ø  Finance: Time to tread cautiously

https://www.dawn.com/news/1803995/finance-time-to-tread-cautiously

Ø  Oil prices rise 2%

after US, Britain strikes in Yemen

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/oil-prices-rise-more-than-2-after-us-britain-strikes-yemen-2024-01-12/

Ø  GST to NST challenges

https://www.dawn.com/news/1804082/gst-to-nst-challenges

Ø  Essential health services

https://www.dawn.com/news/1805172/essential-health-services

Ø  Sleep walking into a climate apocalypse

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452499/sleep-walking-into-a-climate-apocalypse

Ø  What to expect in new year

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

Ø  Integrating climate into education

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452489/integrating-climate-into-education

Ø  Pakistan advances water resilience through tech

https://www.dawn.com/news/1804618/pakistan-advances-water-resilience-through-tech