War is War

Hybrid or No Hybrid, War is War

Rizwan Zeb Caesar had his legions, Napoleon had his armies. Words are the new weapons, satellites the new artillery. Who has not heard of “hybrid war”? Perhaps, someone who has never...
Fifth Generation

Fifth Generation Warfare and the Challenges for Pakistan

Shafaat Ullah Shah “For the present, we are at war and do not grasp the dimensions of the conflict.” Ralph Peters The term Fifth-Generation War has become a favorite acronym in Pakistan...
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...
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...
Puruesh

Interview with Puruesh Chaudhary : Pakistan State of Future Index “Anticipating 2027”

Puruesh Chaudhary is a futures researcher and strategic narrative professional. She has a professional master’s degree in International Negotiation and Policymaking from Institut De Hautes Études Internationales Et Du Développement,...
Quest

The S-400 Deal and Pakistan’s Quest for Strategic Stability

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery The 20-year old nuclear dyad in South Asia has been typified by the action-reaction model, whereby arch-rivals, India and Pakistan have buttressed their deterrence mix and...
Gender

Security & Conflict – Developing a Gender Lens

Salma Malik Looking back in history, the last decade of the Cold War was a very happening time. As the curtain slowly drew on the Cold War, the world theatre...
Deterrence Stability

Deterrence Stability in South Asia: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Amina Afzal India and Pakistan’s seaward nuclearization has received great scholarly attention off late. The thrust of recent literature on the issue focuses on whether an at-sea deterrent has bolstered...

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Troubled Path to the NPT RevCon 2020

Sitara Noor The NPT PrepCom 2019 concluded on May 10 after two weeks of deliberations on nonproliferation challenges, aiming to pave the way for the NPT Review...

The Taliban and Afghanistan’s Gordian Knot

Qadir Khan Yousafzai The inveterate depredation in Afghanistan has been a costly affair for all stakeholders and those involved in conflict-resolution efforts. The resolution...

Rise of the BJP

Arshad Mahmood India’s first minister of law and justice, Dr. Ambedkar while talking to the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1949 made these historic remarks: “We...
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