The Taliban and Afghanistan’s Gordian Knot

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The inveterate depredation in Afghanistan has been a costly affair for all stakeholders and those involved in conflict-resolution efforts. The resolution of the decades-long Afghan quagmire...
Sectarian Tensions

The Growing Threat of Geopolitical and Sectarian Tensions in the Region

Qadir Khan Yousafzai  Iranian aversion to the US and its presence in the Middle East, is endless. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, has demanded of Iraq to send American...
Fifth Generation

Fifth Generation Warfare and the Challenges for Pakistan

Shafaat Ullah Shah “For the present, we are at war and do not grasp the dimensions of the conflict.” Ralph Peters The term Fifth-Generation War has become a favorite acronym in Pakistan...
Islamic State's Threat

Tracing the Islamic State’s Threat

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The genesis of the Islamic State (ISIS), the world’s wealthiest and the strongest terrorist group, is traced back to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. When...

The Widening Gulf: Why Taliban Do Not Want to Talk with the Afghan Government?

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The year 2019 is being considered important in the Afghan peace process and US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. This is primarily because of constant rounds of talks between...
Qatar Talks

Qatar Talks Amid Rising Tensions

Qadir Khan Yousafzai United States’ former Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker has likened Washington’s talks with the Afghan Taliban with those that took place in Vietnam before America’s...
Four Decades

Four Decades of War in Afghanistan

Qadir Khan Yousafzai Afghanistan has not been in the midst of war for the past 17 years but for 39 years. The devastating war was brought to the country when...
Ray of Hope

Another Ray of Hope? US in Search of a Political Compromise in Afghanistan

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The Afghan imbroglio is becoming more complex by the day. Kabul was jolted with yet another suicide blast on a ceremony celebrating the birth of the Holy...
Border Management

The Salience of Pak-Afghan Border Management

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The Afghan Parliamentary elections gained more traction and importance due to the completion of the second round of Afghan Taliban talks with the U.S. delegation in its...
India

Three Routes to Pakistan’s Containment by India and the US

Andrew Korybko The US-Indian Strategic Partnership aims to “contain” Pakistan in three ways that go beyond the conventional model of fomenting instability within its borders. One of the centerpieces of 21st...

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Militarization of Artificial Intelligence

Shaza Arif  Artificial Intelligence is very difficult to define, however the most elementary way of defining it would be: To program machines in such a...

The Kashmir Catastrophe

Brian Cloughley  India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the U.S. President Donald Trump have much in common, not least, the extensive use of Twitter to...

Mutual Vulnerability and Risk Reduction in South Asia

Hannah Haegeland The current state of affairs in Kashmir and resulting heightening of India-Pakistan tensions provide daily examples of escalation risks. Since 1998, the low-probability,...
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