Islamic State

Threat to Pakistan’s Internal Security by The Islamic State of Khorasan

Abdul Basit The Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK) – the formal franchise of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group – surfaced in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region in 2015. Since then, the...
End

The End of Atlanticism?

Tughral Yamin At the time that the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall came down, I found myself attending the German Staff Course in Hamburg. Overnight our course material...
Narratives

Of Villains and Heroes: Role of Narratives in Conflicts

  Rizwan Zeb In Akira Kurosawa’s classic Rashomon, different characters narrate their perspective of the story. Vantage Point treats the plot and its execution in a similar way. The story of...
Activism

Selective Activism: The Role of Pakistan’s Judiciary in Counterterrorism

  Sahar Khan Pakistan’s Supreme Court is known for its activism. In February 2018, the Supreme Court banned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from leading the Pakistan Muslim League–N (PML–N) and reversed...
Sunrise

Appraising Operation Sunrise – Challenges in Counter Terrorism

  Salma Malik The month of July holds a special significance in Pakistan’s complex war against militancy and terrorism. A decade and a year back, the sitting regime of general Pervez...
havens

Terrorist Safe Havens in Afghanistan Threaten Pakistan

  Rahimullah Yusufzai Jamatul Ahrar and TTP operating against Pakistan from their bases in Afghanistan. There has been enough evidence of the transnational composition of militant groups operating in different parts of...
Boko Haram

Confronting The Challenge Of Boko Haram

  Muhammad Ali  What is security? In general terms, security is defined very broadly. It is often classified into four distinct areas: political, economic, social, and environmental. Although, all the dimensions...
Quagmire

Trump’s Afghan Quagmire

Rupert Stone  It has now been several months since President Donald Trump promulgated his new strategy for the US war in Afghanistan. So far, his approach has failed to roll...

Pakistan’s Place in a Changing World

Moeed Yusuf The Evolving Global Order The world has moved from its unipolar moment into multipolarity; China has arrived; Russia has resurged; and the era of singular U.S. dominance is over....

Terrorism then and now: the shifting sands of terrorist violence in Pakistan (2001-2018)

Muhammad Feyyaz The typical non-state terrorism indiscriminately targeting the civilians erupted in Pakistan following the US invasion of Afghanistan during October 2001. It was predominantly sectarian prior to this war....

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Stalemate

Strategic Stalemate in Afghanistan

  Jaweria Waheed Seventeen years of war in Afghanistan have resulted in a strategic stalemate plagued with a stalled peace process. Afghanistan is strategically important and...
Sea-based

Rationalizing Pakistan’s Quest for a Sea-based Deterrent Force

Saima Aman Sial On 9th January, 2017, Pakistan test fired a sea-variant of Babur cruise missile, with a range of 450 km, from an underwater...
Hybrid

Hybrid Warfare: Shielding Stratagem

Zafar Nawaz Jaspal Global politics is fluid and dynamic.Nations are combating identical and contrasting traditional and non-traditional security challenges. Security analysts are calling a mix of...
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