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...

Afghanistan: The Next Theatre in the U.S.-Iran Conflict

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery  Since the momentous events of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, ties between Iran and the U.S. have followed a predictable pattern, typified by acrimony and recrimination....

Sunderji Syndrome: Understanding India’s Conventional Military Modernization

Muhammad Sharreh Qazi  “Dreams of ‘disarming first strikes’ leading to the temptation to ‘go first’ and the consequent instability of Small Nuclear Power equations are think-tank myths”        ...

Creating an Ecosystem of RMB in Pakistan

Lu Yang China has become Pakistan’s largest trading partner, largest country of origin of imports, largest foreign direct investor and the third largest export destination, while Pakistan has become China’s...

The Rafale Factor and Options for the PAF

Air Cdre Jamal Hussain (Retd) The setback suffered by the IAF at the hands of its arch-rival the PAF on 27 February 2019, has led to serious introspection by the...

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Regional Dynamics and Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Raoof Hasan It may not be inappropriate to say that, next to defending the geographical frontiers of the state,...

Collusion between Think Tanks and the Military Industrial Complex

Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi (Retd) In Pakistan Politico's new Essays series, Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi (Retd) writes...

Counterterrorism for Cash? The Taliban, Kabul, and a Neighborhood of Insecurities

Muhammad Sharreh Qazi 'Afghanistan is going to be here a long time, and what's critical is that Afghanistan's...
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