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”

Sentiment Analysis of Pakistani Twitter: #SindhGovt. and #DGISPR leading with “positive sentiments”

Dr Farooq Yousaf [1] The confusion surrounding the PTI Government in terms of dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is also denting the party’s, especially PM Imran Khan’s, perception on social media. The three major stakeholders currently under discussion on the social media in terms of COVID-19 outbreak include the Sindh Government, the PTI GovernmentContinue reading “Sentiment Analysis of Pakistani Twitter: #SindhGovt. and #DGISPR leading with “positive sentiments””

COVID-19 outbreak, terrorism and regional peace – Farooq Yousaf

Within a matter of weeks, the novel coronavirus – which came in the global limelight after spreading in China’s Hubei province and resulted in lockdowns in the country – has created major risks for global economy and public health. On December 31, 2019, China had alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of “several flu-like cases”Continue reading “COVID-19 outbreak, terrorism and regional peace – Farooq Yousaf”

Tips and links for PhD and Masters Scholarships (Social Sciences and Humanities)

I have been receiving a number of messages from friends and colleagues on procedures and tips regarding scholarships abroad (especially in Western universities). So, I decided to write a note on the steps and the resources that I have come across over the years. You have to keep in mind that I am a PublicContinue reading “Tips and links for PhD and Masters Scholarships (Social Sciences and Humanities)”

Pakistan’s counter-extremism narrative called into question – Farooq Yousaf

Originally Published at East Asia Forum At the conclusion of the recent BRICS summit, observers were surprised to see the BRICS nations issue a unanimous declaration indirectly chiding Pakistan and asking Islamabad to take concerted action against militant and extremist groups. This move came as a surprise following the recent alignment of China and Russia with Pakistan onContinue reading “Pakistan’s counter-extremism narrative called into question – Farooq Yousaf”

An effective CVE policy needed for Pakistan – Farooq Yousaf

The major focus of the policy against extremism ought to be on structural causes like lack of religious tolerance, government failures and political, economic, and social marginalisation By Farooq Yousaf Counter-terror and military operations have remained a major part of Pakistan’s security policy since 2004. Yet, even with such a heavy-handed focus on security, PakistanContinue reading “An effective CVE policy needed for Pakistan – Farooq Yousaf”

Why Israel still remains a ‘tricky’ subject in Pakistan

Pakistani PM Imran Khan, while speaking an at Asia Society event, was unequivocal in his stance when asked about Pakistan possibly establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.  Responding to a question whether Pakistan was shifting its foreign policy towards Israel, the Pakistani PM said: Pakistan has a very straightforward position. It was our founder of PakistanContinue reading “Why Israel still remains a ‘tricky’ subject in Pakistan”