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Pakistan’s Perspective of the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Abdul Basit, Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.                            06 July 2021 As the US is withdrawing, Afghanistan finds itself at history’s crossroads and it seems the history will repeat itself, yet again. The Taliban’s rapid territorial gains, amid the deadlocked peace process and the hasty US retreat, have raised the …

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Counter the Infodemic to Overcome the Covid-19 Pandemic in Pakistan

Abdul Basit is a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.                            25 February 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak also triggered an infodemic that proliferated in the form of fake news and misinformation through social media. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined the infodemic as “(an) overabundance of information, both offline and …

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Do Conspiracy Theories, Misinformation and Disinformation Cause Violent Extremism?

Written by Abdul Basit, Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His area of expertise lies in extremism, terrorism and political violence in South Asia.11 January 2021 The social and digital media have transformed the recruitment patterns, propaganda operations and narrative constructions of the non-state violent …

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