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Episode 116 – Reforming Higher Education | A Conversation with Dr. Tariq Banuri

Pakistan’s higher education sector has been in a state of flux for a long time. From regular cuts to funding to scandals about paper mills, the story has not been great. On top of that, research funded by the HEC has not led to innovation on the commercial end, something a country like Pakistan sorely…

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Episode 115 – Building a Constituency for Reforms: A Conversation with Dr. Ahsan Iqbal

Over the course of this podcast, we have had dozens of conversations on the need to reform the economy. But while we all know the broad scope of reforms that are needed, there is not really a constituency for reforms, across the political aisle, in Pakistan. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal, who is a senior leader of…

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Episode 114 – Political Parties and Violence

Political violence has been a major issue facing Pakistan’s flawed and floundering democracy for decades. From Karachi to South Punjab, political actors have overtly and covertly deployed violence to gain influence, votes, and power. But why do political actors use violence to achieve these goals? And what are ways to deal with this issue? In…

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Episode 113 – The Climate and Food Crisis

A record-breaking heatwave has been wreaking havoc across the subcontinent, impact the wheat and mange harvest, setting fire to forests, and giving us a trailer of what climate change can do to our world. In this episode, Uzair talks to Dr. Erum Sattar of what is the latest research showing about where the world is…

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Episode 112 – Weak Coalitions and Reforms

There is a widely-held belief that strong governments deliver reforms and sustainable growth. Research, however, shows otherwise. In this episode, Uzair talks to Dr. Irfan Nooruddin about his research on this topic, based on his must-read book Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments. Dr. Nooruddin is is the senior…

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Episode 111 – What’s Going on in Balochistan?

The situation in Balochistan has been complex for decades starting with the way in which Balochistan became part of Pakistan following independence in 1947. In recent months, the insurgency there has picked pace, but many forget that there are two insurgencies roiling the province. In addition, the economic situation is dire, with citizens facing abject…

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Episode 110 – Is This The End of Crypto?

Crypto is going through another winter with prices of all major crypto assets down sharply. There has also been the Luna collapse, which has raised a lot of questions about the future of the crypto and Web3 economy. In this episode, Uzair talks to Salahuddin Khawaja about what’s going on in the crypto economy and…

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Episode 109 – Why has the Dollar Crossed 200?

Pakistan’s economy is spiraling out of control with the rupee hitting a record low on a daily basis. What is driving this crisis and how can Pakistan get out of this tailspin? This episode focuses on the ongoing crisis, with Ammar H. Khan joining the podcast to offer his perspective on what is going on…

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Episode 108 – Assessing the State Bank of Pakistan

Pakistan’s monetary policy has been the focus of attention over the last few years, particularly since Dr. Reza Baqir became governor in 2019. His three year tenure is up, which is a good time to assess the central bank and its performance. In this episode, Uzair talks to Ariba Shahid, a business journalist based in…

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Episode 107 – Foreign Policy Begins at Home | Conversation with Maleeha Lodhi

Uzair talks to Maleeha Lodhi about Pakistan’s foreign policy and the repercussions of the regime change conspiracy theory. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi most recently served as Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations. Previously, she served as Pakistan’s envoy to the Court of St James’ and twice as its ambassador to the United States. Chapters: 0:00 Introduction…

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