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Divergent outlook on Afghanistan

Divergent outlook on Afghanistan

      Russia’s growing interest in Afghan affairs is apparent from Moscow’s hosting of peace talks. The recent talks on ‘peace in Afghanistan’ were held in Moscow in the middle of April. Representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the talks. Earlier, similar initiatives include the Trilateral […]

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Trump’s World and World’s Trump

Trump’s World and World’s Trump

Donald Trump’s victory has caught the World by its throat, and in all likelihood, we are in for interesting times. His victory presents an interesting case study oscillating between “democracy at its best” and democracy at its worst”. It is perhaps the biggest political upset that America has ever seen in its electoral history. Important […]

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Flip-flops of surround syndrome

Flip-flops of surround syndrome

Obsession with surround and contain syndrome in Asia has overwhelmed India-US axis (not yet nexus), since the end of cold war. The US wants to surround and contain China and India is a clandestine partner in this venture while articulating denial. India wants to contain/surround Pakistan and the only (conditional) partner it has been able […]

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America and the spirit of Yum-e-Takbir

America and the spirit of Yum-e-Takbir

Whenever Americans are in trouble they promptly accept humbling terms and conditions but never forget to pick-up the threads immediately after the obtaining circumstances are over. When Soviets walked into Afghanistan, Pakistan was under severe American sanctions on account of its nuclear programme and lack of democratic dispensation. Americans came running to Pakistan, embraced the […]

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F-16s’imapct on Pak-US relations

F-16s’imapct on Pak-US relations

Few years back an Indian diplomat approached this scribe on the side-lines of a think tank activity and asked a blunt question: Sir! Aren’t you excessively harsh about India in your columns? This surprised me about level of Indian High Commission’s superb efficiency with regard to keeping a keen eye on Pakistan’s print media and […]

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Afghan Peace Talks

Afghan Peace Talks

The recently held Afghan peace talks, in which senior officials from the Afghan government, Pakistan, China and the US participated called for restoration of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Whether, the talks would yield positive result or like the past would fail and would further antagonize the Taliban, is yet to […]

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Power and Economic Shifts in Global System

Power and Economic Shifts in Global System

IPRI Review Meeting Power and Economic Shifts in Global System (October 29, 2015)  Introduction An IPRI Review meeting on “Power and Economic Shifts in Global System” was held at IPRI conference hall on October 29, 2015. The review meeting analyzed the trends related to the polarity of global economy, and the reconfiguration of global power […]

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NSG Membership: Cherry-pick or criteria?

NSG Membership: Cherry-pick or criteria?

Both Pakistan and India seek the membership of Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG). However, both are following different approaches to achieve this objective. India is following a usual nuclear apartheid route, looking for shortcuts to have entry only for itself through country specific exemptions, while Pakistan supports a criteria based entry for all those countries which […]

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