Maryam Nazir

The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As President Erdogan has once again won the elections with an absolute majority, he has now come to be known as the most popular and divisive leader in modern Turkish history. Not only has he entrenched his control over the system, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to make Turkey — given its polarised character as […]

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The Long Shot for Peace

The Long Shot for Peace

After the recent events that took place in Afghanistan, hopes for peace have risen high. From the government’s initiative of a ceasefire (on Eid) to its reciprocation by the Afghan Taliban, the possibility of reconciliation among warring parties, received an affirmation. However, the resumption of attacks by the Afghan Taliban, refusal to accept the government’s […]

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Afghan Quagmire: So Much to Nothing

Afghan Quagmire: So Much to Nothing

As per news reports, senior officials have said that just recently, meetings were underway between their government and representatives of the Taliban in Turkey, after Doha and Qatar. The reports call these meetings as part of ‘unofficial’ peace talks while Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, denied occurrence of any talks involving representatives of the group, […]

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BRICS: Anomaly, cooperation or defiance

BRICS: Anomaly, cooperation or defiance

Over the years, BRICS has emerged as a  synonym to the concept of South-South Cooperation (SSC). Together, BRICS represents 26 per cent of the planet’s land mass, and is home to 46 per cent of the world’s population. More than an acronym that identifies countries emerging in the international economic order, BRICS has become a […]

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The US South Asia Policy

The US South Asia Policy

SOUTH Asia as a region remains to be at the forefront of the United States’ regional interests and concerns. While the situation in South Asia remains static on conventional fronts, there is a change of administration in the US. President Trump’s administration has brought a mix of change and continuity in the country’s foreign and […]

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Qatar and Greater Politics

Qatar and Greater Politics

As the crisis situation engulfs the Gulf region once again, the world witnesses emergence of blocs and alliances. The diplomatic cut off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE has come shortly after the unity and power display at Riyadh Summit. The three Gulf countries and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism […]

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Visit of Chinese Delegation

Visit of Chinese Delegation

        An eight-member delegation, led by Mr. Wu Sikang, President of Chinese Think Tank Association of Special Economic Zones visited Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on June 09, 2017. Mr. Sikang is also the Director of Development Research Centre of Shenzhen’s Municipal People’s Government, China. From IPRI, Brig (R) Sohail Tirmizi, led […]

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Riyadh Summit

Riyadh Summit

President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage with the commencement of his nine-day, multi-country tour last week. The diplomatic maneuvering started off with the astounding reception in Saudi Arabia with renewed aspirations for bilateral relations. While the gestures and words spoke of the highly conventional US Middle East policy, giving impressions of […]

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