Flashback 2018

Flashback 2018- Foreign Policy Challenges for Pakistan and The Way Forward

Hamzah Rifaat Hussain In 2018, the world witnessed the rise of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf with its Chairman Imran Khan becoming the Prime Minister of the country. With a new,...
Afghan Taliban

U.S. Comes to Pakistan to Break the Afghan-Taliban Stalemate

Rahimullah Yousafzai President Donald Trump never ceases to cause a surprise by changing track and taking a new position on important issues. He did this recently by writing a letter...
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...
Resurgence

A State in Crisis: Sri Lanka’s Road from Post-War Resurgence to Political Dissension

Priyanka Moonesinghe On October 26, President Maithripala Sirisena removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office overnight, appointing his former foe, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister instead. Wickremesinghe refused to leave...
Perceptions

CPEC & The War of Perceptions

Eram Ashraf The China Pakistan Economic Corridor is now approaching the end of its first phase, with many projects involving infrastructure and energy needs near completion. Talks have already begun...
SSBN

India’s Arihant SSBN: Should China be Worried?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery The Sino-Indo rivalry is old and multidimensional. The two nuclear-armed titans have been instrumental in charting out the security architecture of the region. Nuclear deterrence features...
sea-based deterrent

Arihant and Deterrence Stability: Why Pakistan Needs to Strengthen its Sea-based Deterrent

Yasir Hussain  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, termed India’s first indigenous ballistic-missile armed nuclear submarine (SSBN), Arihant’s maiden deterrence patrol as “historic”. PM Modi further added,...
Counterinsurgency

Defeating TTP: An Appraisal of Pakistan’s Counterinsurgency Operations

Shahzad Akhtar The insurgency by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan was crushingly defeated by the Pakistani military. The TTP’s stronghold in Bajaur...
Middle Ground

US-Pakistan Relations: The Search for a Middle Ground

Saira Yamin Relations between the United States and Pakistan have soured considerably in 2018.  A recurring exchange of flustered tweets by statesmen on both sides suggests that they may be...
Cultural

Cultural Dynamics, Insider Threat and Nuclear Security

Zeeshan Shahid Khan Insider threat has been one of the most dangerous security concerns for all organizations whether in the commercial world or dealing with national & international security. However,...

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GW

GW in its 5th Stage

Ramiz Ayaz Malik Causing war is a natural instinct. It is always controlled by society and civilization. Power to rule is what drives this insatiable...
Military Technologies

Military Technologies, Fifth Generation Warfare and Policy Implications for Pakistan

Najeeb Zaidi It is trendy to give generational classifications to warfare based on technological changes. However, warfare has always been hybrid and has constantly been...
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...
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