Battle of Perceptions: Understanding the End of the Afghan War

Palwasha Khan ‘Countries have to take care of themselves…. You can only hold someone’s hand for so long’  President Donald J. Trump on Afghanistan  March 6, 2020 America and the Afghan Taliban...

Afghan Peace and the Prospects of Economic Connectivity

Andrew Korybko  The Doha Deal, the first phase of what the U.S. envisages to be a more comprehensive Afghan Peace Deal, promises a new era for the region if it...

Afghanistan: The Next Theatre in the U.S.-Iran Conflict

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery  Since the momentous events of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, ties between Iran and the U.S. have followed a predictable pattern, typified by acrimony and recrimination....

Sunderji Syndrome: Understanding India’s Conventional Military Modernization

Muhammad Sharreh Qazi  “Dreams of ‘disarming first strikes’ leading to the temptation to ‘go first’ and the consequent instability of Small Nuclear Power equations are think-tank myths”        ...

Creating an Ecosystem of RMB in Pakistan

Lu Yang China has become Pakistan’s largest trading partner, largest country of origin of imports, largest foreign direct investor and the third largest export destination, while Pakistan has become China’s...

The Rafale Factor and Options for the PAF

Air Cdre Jamal Hussain (Retd) The setback suffered by the IAF at the hands of its arch-rival the PAF on 27 February 2019, has led to serious introspection by the...

Changing Dynamics of Air Warfare in South Asia

Kaiser Tufail  The Balakot strike by IAF on 26 February 2019, and PAF’s ‘Swift Retort’ a day later, can be considered watershed events in modern aerial warfare. Though the IAF...

2019: The Year that Russia’s South Asian “Balancing” Act became Unbalanced

Andrew Korybko  2019 will be remembered as the year that Russia’s South Asian “ balancing” act finally became unbalanced. Everything started off promising enough as Moscow continued its policy of...

Was Kargil a Nuclear Crisis?

Rizwan Zeb  In his paper documenting US’ diplomacy during the Kargil conflict, Bruce Riedel claimed that the Americans had reports that Pakistan was preparing its nuclear missiles for a possible...

Of Irresponsibility and War-Fighting: India’s No, First Use Doctrine

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery  In the midst of mounting tensions between nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan, apprehensions about deterrence stability on the Sub-Continent have risen. Days after the start of...

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