India’s Strategic Paralysis & Counterforce Temptations

Rabia Akhtar India’s counterforce capabilities and deterrence equilibrium in South Asia is a subject which continues to agitate minds of strategic thinkers in the region and around the world. One...

Book Review | Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy

Book Title: Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy Author: Francis J. Gavin ISBN: 978-0-8157-3791-9 Publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2020 Syed Ali Zia Jaffery  In the nuclear academy, Robert Jervis’ 1989 book titled “The...

Deepfakes, AI & Digital Soldiers: Challenges of Cross-Domain Coercion for Pakistan

Rabia Akhtar Let’s begin by asking a question: Why would ANY state not want to achieve capabilities where it could advance its strategic interests by evading attribution or risk of...

The Smokescreen of Indian Uranium Deficiency

Nidaa Shahid  Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has remained in the thick of things in every discussion and analysis related to India in the past few years, ever since India formally...

Pakistan and the Post-Covid World Order

Syed Rifaat Hussain  While it may seem premature to announce the end of COVID-19, all indications are that this pandemic has entered its terminal phase. Since its outbreak in Wuhan...

Israeli-Gulf Rapprochement: Strategic Implications for Pakistan

Rabia Akhtar In 1958, Pakistan leased the Badaber base near Peshawar to the U.S. for ten years. The base was to be used as a U.S. communications facility and for...

Captain America Leaping for a Closure

Salma Malik  When what appears centuries ago, the U.S. set out on a crusade to “reboot” project Afghanistan, it was with utmost confidence, and bravado. The landlocked “failed” state was...

Reading Between the Lines of Afghan Agreements

Elizabeth Threlkeld  The U.S.-Taliban agreement signed in Doha on Feb. 29 is historic, significant and long overdue. After nearly 20 years of war and many failed attempts at striking a deal, it...

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...

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Pakistan, Lawfare, and the Fight for Kashmir

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Of Internal Reforms and External Connectivity:Strengthening Economic Security in Pakistan.

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Hangor Day: A Glorious Reminiscence

Hassan Zaib After gaining independence, Pakistan realized that, in order to endure and safeguard . freedom, it ought to attain a strategic wherewithal to thwart...
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