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When Push Comes to Shove

When Push Comes to Shove

As peace talks in Afghanistan gain momentum, the Taliban have announced the beginning of their spring offensive last week. In developments that followed, as Afghan Taliban and the US representative have somehow established an understanding regarding withdrawal of troops and counter-terrorism, the parties were expected to enter the second phase of the peace talks. As […]

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Trump-Israel Nexus

Trump-Israel Nexus

President of the US Donald Trump has signed a presidential proclamation on March 25, 2019 saying the US recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights. This is the third time in sixteen months when Trump has taken a controversial decision in the Middle East. The earlier two were the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and […]

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A fragmented OIC?

A fragmented OIC?

Today, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is fragmented for numerous reasons. These include the Saudi-Iran rivalry, Saudi-Qatar rivalry as well as the competing interests and priorities of various member states. Recently, the organisation has taken a great leap by inviting India as a ‘guest of honor’ in the 46th session of its Council of […]

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The Saudi Mediation

The Saudi Mediation

Saudi Arabia is gradually expanding its influence in South Asia not just with deals worth billions of dollars, but also through offering mediation between Pakistan and India in the wake of the recent escalation between the two nuclear rivals. Since February 17, Saudi Arabia has one way or the other tried to defuse tensions between […]

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Belligerence Begets More Belligerence

Belligerence Begets More Belligerence

The famous phrase “toughness begets a greater toughness”, as quoted by Martin Luther King, expounds the shifting dynamics of struggle of Kashmiri people for their independence. People in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) are subject to gross human rights violations and they have been witnessing increasing Indian aggression since the start of the illegal occupation of […]

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CPEC dividends

CPEC dividends

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Indo-Pacific reflect the emerging power dynamics globally. The BRI focus is on economics and regional connectivity. The “Indo-Pacific” strategy led by the US / and allies supports India’s larger role in Asia Pacific. Pakistan as part of CPEC is central to global developments. Pakistan and China relations irrespective […]

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Trump’s military doctrine and its implications

Trump’s military doctrine and its implications

None of the presidents in American history has scuttled so many agreements as Donald Trump did in the past two years. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Paris Climate Agreement, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) and the Iran Nuclear Deal are glaring examples […]

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The Patriot’s Dilemma

The Patriot’s Dilemma

It seems that propaganda against Pakistan has become the pastime of so-called intellectuals who are bent upon presenting Pakistan a ‘hard’ country. If one closely monitors, writing adversely against Pakistan has also become a trend within certain Western intellectuals. Lately, Husain Haqqani wrote an opinion article titled ‘For Pakistan, 2018 was just another year of […]

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