Negotiations

Pakistan’s Relations with Gulf States

Pakistan’s Relations with Gulf States

Introduction: Seven Arab states border the Persian Gulf, namely Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). All Persian Gulf states are monarchies. All these Arab states have significant revenues from petroleum. However, the Gulf region has long been one of the most volatile parts of the globe.  Wars, coups […]

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‘HEART OF ASIA 2015’

‘HEART OF ASIA 2015’

AS the end of the drawdown of international forces approaches in Afghanistan, concerns are mounting about its potential impact on regional stability. Afghanistan is at the threshold of the transformation decade. There is well-placed optimism in the air that ensuring the success of political, security and economic transition is critically important to preserve this precious moment of hope. In this regard, Pakistan […]

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Dithering Afghanistan

Dithering Afghanistan

As the fighting season peaks in Afghanistan, relics from Karzai era have stepped up their effort to create disjunction in Pak-Afghan joint counter terrorism effort. One rudimentary way is to blame anything that goes wrong in Afghanistan on Pakistan. This strategy has many pluses for its proponents: it reduces public confidence in intra-Afghan reconciliation process; […]

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Visit of CICIR Delegation

Visit of CICIR Delegation

  Introduction: A delegation from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), China comprising Prof. Ji Zhiye, President, CICIR, Dr. Hu Shisheng Director, Institute for South & Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies, Ms. Li Xin and Mr. Li Wei visited Pakistan from March 17, 2015 to March 23, 2015. The delegation visited various institutes and […]

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Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

Top diplomats from the US, Iran and the European Union (EU) have been holding high level talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Muscat, Oman. The trilateral discussion on the final settlement of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US) in Muscat will be considered as final. Iran […]

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Cancelling Secretary Level Talks with Pakistan

Cancelling Secretary Level Talks with Pakistan

On 18 August 2014 India called off foreign secretary-level bilateral talks with Pakistan, scheduled to be held at Islamabad on 25 August 2014, in reaction to Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s meeting with Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah. According to Hindustan Times, a spokesperson for external affairs ministry of India announced that talks were being called […]

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Negotiating the Peace Talks

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) led government in Pakistan decided to hold talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. In this regard a new committee has been formed after Prime Minister’s consultation with Pakistan Tehrkke-e-Insaf Chairmen Imran Khan and party leadership. The government acknowledged that the abandoned four member committee laid the groundwork for direct engagement […]

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Geneva II Outcome so far

Geneva II Outcome so far

There is a great deal of realization that the key to Syrian conflict remains a political solution. Over the past three years, despite the military support extended to both sides, a decisive victory has remained a forlorn hope. Hence the renewed emphasis on finding a political solution. Geneva II Conference is a UN-backed initiative to […]

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