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Episode 31 – Ethnicity and Governance in Pakistan

Ethnic cleavages have created unique challenges for Pakistan’s political economy since 1947. Since the passage of the 18th Amendment,...

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Episode 30 – Unlocking the Economy?

Pakistan has been able to successfully flatten the COVID-19 curve and that has had a positive impact on the...

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Episode 29 – India’s Growth Story: Astute Planning or an Accident?

Shankkar Aiyar is a political economy analyst, columnist, and the author of several books, including Accidental India: A History...

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Episode 28 – A Conversation with Junaid Iqbal

Careem has transformed mobility in Pakistan and around the world and Junaid Iqbal played a key role in making...

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Episode 27 – A Conversation with Shuja Nawaz

Shuja Nawaz is author of The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood. This book...

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Episode 26 – Airlift: Fueling Pakistans Startup Ecosystem

Airlift recently raised $10m in a funding round and has set its sights on transforming Pakistan’s mobility landscape. By...

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Episode 25 – PIA’s Decline and the Path Ahead

The Pakistan International Airlines has found itself in the news yet again, starting with the tragic crash of the...

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Episode 24 – How Technology Is Ushering in the Age of Freedom

Rethinking Humanity, published by the think-tank RethinkX is a fascinating read that talks about how major technological shifts in...

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Episode 23 – Demystifying Rural Sindh: Property Rights, Elite Capture, and Feudalism

Many of us have a surface-level understanding of rural Sindh and its political economy. Feudalism, lack of land reforms,...

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Episode 22 – Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Edkasa

Distance learning became the norm after COVID-19 shutdown schools all over the world. In Pakistan, where access to quality...

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Episode 21 – Budget Time

The 2020-21 Budget comes at a time when Pakistan is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. The last year saw...

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Episode 20 – The Informal Economy

Many people view the informal sector as corrupt, illegal, and detrimental to the country’s economic well-being. The reality, of...

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