THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  US announces $4mn aid package for anti-terrorism training in Pakistan

https://www.nation.com.pk/20-Nov-2023/us-announces-dollar-4mn-aid-package-for-anti-terrorism-training-in-pakistan

Ø  United States to bolster Pakistan’s counterterrorism capabilities

https://arynews.tv/united-states-to-bloster-pakistans-counterterrorism-capabilites/

Ø  In a Major Rift, Pakistan Ramps Up Pressure on the Taliban

https://www.usip.org/publications/2023/11/major-rift-pakistan-ramps-pressure-taliban

Ø  Integrated Country Strategies

https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/ICS_SCA_Pakistan_16MAR2023_PUBLIC.pdf

Ø  US official’s visit to give trade a boost, envoy told

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447223/us-officials-visit-to-give-trade-a-boost-envoy-told

Ø  US plans to counter China’s influence in the Pacific suffers setback

https://www.cnas.org/press/in-the-news/us-plans-to-counter-chinas-influence-in-the-pacific-suffers-setback

Ø  Collateral Damage: Can the Abraham Accords Survive the Israel-Hamas War?

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/audio/collateral-damage-can-abraham-accords-survive-israel-hamas-war

Ø  Secure peace with inclusive, sustainable development, UN chief says

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143792

Ø  UN agency heads unite in urgent plea for women and children in Gaza

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143877

Ø  Gaza: UN welcomes deal for pause in fighting, hostage-release pact

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143857

Ø  Ukraine: Civilian casualties mount as war enters second winter

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143852

Ø  Guterres urges G20 to lead the way in financial and climate justice

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143872

Ø  Desperate Afghan returnees from Pakistan face uncertain future: IOM

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/11/1143827

RUSSIA & EUROPE

Ø  The Russian oil mirage

https://www.dawn.com/news/1790847/the-russian-oil-mirage

Ø  Pakistan’s ambassador says Islamabad applied for BRICS membership

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/pakistan-s-ambassador-says-islamabad-applied-for-brics-membership/3062063

Ø  Russia urges US, E3 to return to nuclear deal with Iran — diplomat

https://tass.com/russia/1711115

Ø  CSTO leaders favor peaceful settlement of Palestinian-Israeli conflict — secretary general

https://tass.com/world/1710863

Ø  Turkey to not ratify Sweden’s NATO membership in time for upcoming top diplomats’ meeting

https://tass.com/world/1710583

Ø  Situation in global economy requires considering views of different states — Putin

https://tass.com/economy/1710283

Ø  Ukraine battles ‘elaborate’ Russian defences as Putin condemns Israel’s war

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/23/putin-uses-gaza-to-defend-his-war-while-bombing-civilians-in-ukraine

Ø  Russia says it ‘recorded’ Türkiye’s signals on verifying Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/russia-says-it-recorded-turkiyes-signals-on-verifying-israels-possession-of-nuclear-weapons/3062147

Ø  Will Iran give Russia ballistic missiles for the war in Ukraine?
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2023/11/23/will-iran-give-russia-ballistic-missiles-for-the-war-in-ukraine

Ø  US defence chief visits Kyiv, announces $100m military aid package

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/21/us-defence-chief-visits-kyiv-announces-100m-military-aid-package

Ø  Poland charges 16 after dismantling Russian spy ring

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/22/group-of-16-russian-spies-charged-in-poland-face-10-years-in-prison

Ø  Geert Wilders’ victory in Netherlands election spooks Europe

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-67512204

Ø  Putin’s peace talk comments send a signal to the West; Kremlin says Europe poses a threat to Russia

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/11/23/ukraine-war-live-updates-latest-news-on-russia-and-the-war-in-ukraine.html

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

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

Ø  Foreign trade debate

https://www.dawn.com/news/1791733

Ø  Current account deficit narrows by 91% as remittances, exports outrun imports

https://www.geo.tv/latest/519809-current-account-deficit-narrows-by-91-as-remittances-exports-outrun-imports

Ø  Pakistan’s debt dependence

https://www.dawn.com/news/1790611/pakistans-debt-dependence

Ø  Global investors’ confidence in Pakistan rises

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447794/global-investors-confidence-in-pakistan-rises

Ø  Concerns and optimism co-exist

https://www.dawn.com/news/1790849/concerns-and-optimism-co-exist

Ø  Average PSDP project takes 14.1 years in Pakistan: IMF

https://www.geo.tv/latest/519546-average-psdp-project-takes-141-years-in-pakistan-imf

Ø  IMF expects dollar price to improve

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447665/imf-expects-dollar-price-to-improve

Ø  IMF deal: a boon and a burden

https://www.dawn.com/news/1790852/imf-deal-a-boon-and-a-burden

Ø  Economic confidence hits new low

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447534/economic-confidence-hits-new-low

Ø  IMF board to approve staff-level agreement on Dec 7

https://www.dawn.com/news/1791109/imf-board-to-approve-staff-level-agreement-on-dec-7

Ø  Will smooth IMF review set new tone?

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447209/will-smooth-imf-review-set-new-tone

Ø  Lenders seek transparency as Pakistan pitches for environment funding

https://www.dawn.com/news/1791350/lenders-seek-transparency-as-pakistan-pitches-for-environment-funding

Ø  Oil slips 1% on concerns over delayed OPEC+ meeting

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/oil-down-1-bearish-view-delayed-opec-meeting-2023-11-23/

Ø  Facing the abyss

https://www.dawn.com/news/1792029

Ø  Towards environmentally cleaner alternative fuels

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2447213/towards-environmentally-cleaner-alternative-fuels

Ø  Climate change causing Pakistan loss of $2bn a year: IMF

https://www.samaa.tv/208734661-climate-change-causing-pakistan-loss-of-2bn-a-year-imf

Ø  Pakistan’s women go unheard in climate change conversations

https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/pakistans-women-go-unheard-in-climate-change-conversations/

Ø  ‘Climate Change A National Security Issue For Pakistan’

https://thefridaytimes.com/23-Nov-2023/climate-change-a-national-security-issue-for-pakistan