Renaissance in the Gulf: America’s Bastille or China’s Awakening?

Muhammad Sharreh Qazi “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move the world.”                      ...

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...

Mapping Prospects and Roadblocks in the Afghan Peace Process

Rahimullah Yousafzai Two positive developments in recent days have raised hopes after weeks of uncertainty that the implementation of the Taliban-U.S. peace deal signed in Doha, Qatar on February 29...

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...

Exclusive Interview with the President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan

Sardar Masood Khan is the 14th President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. A career diplomat, Masood Khan was Pakistan’s Permanent Representative in the United Nations missions in New York...

Pakistan’s Peace Narrative and Pak-U.S. Relations: Time for a Revisionist Discourse

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery  Doha, a city in the thick of geopolitics of the GCC since 2017, played host to several rounds of talks between the United States and the...

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Debating Comprehensive Security in Pakistan

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery Much before becoming the country’s premier, Imran Khan, delivering a keynote address at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, said: “food security...

AMAN-21, Pakistan Navy, and the Narrative of Peace

Shabnam Fazal With the increasing reliance of countries on Indian Ocean trade routes due to the rising energy needs, non-traditional maritime threats have increased tremendously....

Pakistan’s Continuing FATF Misery

Hassan Aslam Shad The February FATF Plenary has ended with the expected outcome: Pakistan has done “well” but not “well enough”. In other words, Pakistan...
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