My six major personal and professional lessons from 2020

Dr Farooq Yousaf 2020 was a strange and difficult year for many. The year began and ended with a global pandemic that brought a 180-degree change in how we looked at things; both personally and professionally. Things that mattered the most (jobs and money) went in the background, whereas things that had a secondary priorityContinue reading “My six major personal and professional lessons from 2020”

Book Review: Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution – The Pashtun “Tribal” Areas

Reviewed by Dr Claude Rakisits The tribal areas of Pakistan have played a critical role in the security of the country since Partition, particularly since the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001. Dr Farooq Yousaf’s book illustrates while militant activity has diminished in recent times, the law-and-order situation in the tribal areas remains precarious.Continue reading “Book Review: Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution – The Pashtun “Tribal” Areas”

The rise of lockdown radicalism

Author: Farooq Yousaf COVID-19 lockdowns throughout the world have aggravated socio-political inequalities, especially in the Global South as governments try to respond to the pandemic. Various terrorist, radical and violent extremist groups, especially the so-called Islamic State, are trying to cash in on these inequalities to propagate hate-filled narratives. In Nigeria, for instance, Boko Haram hasContinue reading “The rise of lockdown radicalism”

Why Bose Sleepbuds™ II might just be the solution for young researchers with sleep issues

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review or promotion. These are personal experiences and views on a product that helped me regain some of my lost sleep. These observations are based on my own specific personal circumstances. I am not an expert on sleep issues, therefore, I am not generalizing the benefits of this productsContinue reading “Why Bose Sleepbuds™ II might just be the solution for young researchers with sleep issues”

Covid-19 and the threat from Islamic State’s online and ‘family’ networks

Dr Farooq Yousaf Following its territorial losses in Iraq and Syria and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to tighter territorial, border and air controls, the Islamic State may seek to use unconventional methods for its radicalisation and recruitment drives. Two such methods are stepping up its online presence and propagandaContinue reading “Covid-19 and the threat from Islamic State’s online and ‘family’ networks”

[Publication] Islamic State and Kin Terrorism in the Post-COVID-19 South Asia: Exploring the Possibilities and Implications

Yousaf, F. (2020). Islamic State and Kin Terrorism in the Post-COVID-19 South Asia: Exploring the Possibilities and Implications. Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses. 12(5). 21-25 URL: https://www.rsis.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CTTA-September-2020.pdf Synopsis:Since territorial and organisational setbacks in Iraq and Syria, coupled with improvements in financial and border controls, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is employing unconventional strategies toContinue reading “[Publication] Islamic State and Kin Terrorism in the Post-COVID-19 South Asia: Exploring the Possibilities and Implications”

My Book with Routledge: Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution

1st Edition Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution: The Pashtun ‘Tribal’ Areas By Farooq Yousaf (Copyright Year 2021) This book shows how colonial legacies and the postcolonial state of Pakistan negatively influenced the socio-political and cultural dynamics and the security situation in Pakistan’s Pashtun ‘tribal’ areas, formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ItContinue reading “My Book with Routledge: Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution”

How will Trump’s halting of WHO funding impact global COVID-19 response?

Dr Farooq Yousaf In what came as a major shock to the global community, American President Donald Trump, earlier this week, announced that he is suspending American funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The United States (US) president was critical of the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the body “failed in its basicContinue reading “How will Trump’s halting of WHO funding impact global COVID-19 response?”

What can Pakistan learn from Australia and New Zealand’s COVID-19 response?

Even with such complications, a major lesson for Pakistan that needs to be learnt from both Australia and New Zealand is following a clear and concise policy. Both these countries, from the early rise in numbers of infections, were clear in their approach and policy actions.

Using my IBM Data Science Skills: Choosing the Best Cities for Middle Eastern Eateries in Australia

IBM Data Science Capstone Choosing the Best Cities for Middle Eastern Eateries in Australia: An exploratory analysis of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth Farooq Yousaf In this capstone project, I used my overall learning from IBM’s Professional Data Science Certificate to solve a problem that I often encountered while living in Australia. Moreover, itContinue reading “Using my IBM Data Science Skills: Choosing the Best Cities for Middle Eastern Eateries in Australia”