Arhama Siddiqa is currently working as a Research Fellow at Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2013 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Political Science and Economics and went on to complete an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick in 2014.
In 2017 she was awarded the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, during which she was based at Conciliation Resources in the United Kingdom.
Items by Arhama Siddiqa
- May 23, 2023 Arhama Siddiqa
On 19 May, 2023, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad attended the Arab League Summit for the first time in over a decade. The re-coalescence of Syria back in the Arab fold is part of a broader regional normalisation process, which was brought about by Chinese facilitation on 10 March, 2023...
- December 8, 2022 Arhama Siddiqa
In November, India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed to resume talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) largely focusing on technology transfers, food security and energy security. The last round of trade negotiations were in 2008. The GCC is one of the top trading partners for India. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, trade in goods...
- April 26, 2022 Arhama Siddiqa
Frenzied political activity in Pakistan this month concluded with Imran Khan being ousted as prime minister and replaced by Shehbaz Sharif on 11 April. The leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) was sworn in as the 23rd prime minister of the country. His new cabinet draws heavily from...
- February 10, 2022 Arhama Siddiqa
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced on 14 October last year that it was going to operate direct flights to Syria and Iraq twice a week. When a PIA aircraft landed in Damascus in September it ended a 22-year hiatus; this was clear evidence that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s...
- February 11, 2021 Arhama Siddiqa
On 30 January, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa paid a two-day visit to Qatar where he met with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, along with other military officials. General Bajwa and Al-Thani reportedly discussed issues related to defence, security and regional geopolitical...
- December 10, 2020 Arhama Siddiqa
Yemen has long been a hotbed of unrest. Years of conflict concurrent with a battle of egos has broken down the most resource rich country in the Middle East into the poorest. The violent playground that Yemen has become breeds conflict involving domestic, regional and international actors. Next year...
- November 9, 2020 Arhama Siddiqa
Nobody can overstate the role that the migrant labour force undertakes in the Gulf. Jobs across the region in construction, transportation and sanitation are predominantly carried out by millions of mostly South Asian migrants. As a consequence of Covid-19, however, countless migrant workers have lost their jobs because of...
- October 7, 2020 Arhama Siddiqa
It is no secret that despite international sanctions, Iran is known for leaving Western powers at a loss, sometimes by making what are considered to be outrageous statements, on other occasions with similarly outrageous actions. In July, the New York Times ran a story on its front page about...
- September 1, 2020 Arhama Siddiqa
In international relations, statements of mutual appreciation are the norm and as long as mutual interests align, all can be plain sailing. The real test arises when differences arise. Relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are a good example. Last year, on a state visit to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s...
- August 7, 2020 Arhama Siddiqa
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) stands as the most prominent example of the pivotal shift in Chinese foreign policy from Deng Xiaoping’s “bide and hide” philosophy to the current ambitious endeavours. The BRI is a titanic project focused on increasing connectivity by opening up avenues for diplomatic and...