Russia’s new great game

By Ayaz Ahmed The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new Great Game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the fateful election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart […]

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How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit In February 2017, Pakistan suffered the worst wave of terrorist violence since the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. Three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), and the Islamic State of Khurasan (ISK) carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks shattered […]

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Only The Israeli Dead Matter: Israel’s Failure At Investigating Its Bloody Wars

By Dr. Ramzy Baroud At a glance, Israel appears a true democracy. Take a closer look, and that facade of democracy will soon dissipate, turning into something else entirely. Tuesday, February 28 was one of those moments. The chain of events was as follows: An official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on the Israeli government’s handling of the July […]

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The Recent wave of Terrorism in Pakistan: a Critical Evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction “Terrorism is (largely) a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.” —Patrick J. Kennedy The spectre of resurgent terrorism has become the most threatening challenge of the twenty-first century. The monster of terrorism coupled with bubbling militancy has continued to […]

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Slow progress in Syria talks led by UN

By Tahir Mustafa The UN-brokered talks in Geneva made little progress because the opposition groups have not fully reconciled to the ground realities following the defeat of the terrorists in Aleppo. Their foreign sponsors do not want peace in Syria. Aware of the risks in arousing unrealistic expectations in the Syria peace talks in Geneva, […]

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By: Mariyam Suleman Fishermen’s children play at the “PadiZir” (west bay) beach of Gwadar, the projected regional trade hub, while seeing their toiling fathers and elder brothers  optimistically dragging their boats toward the  tidal waves of the Arabian Sea abuts the shores of Makran coast. “Things have  dramatically changed over the years. As a little […]

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Pakistan: the land of contrasts

By Zafar Bangash Despite its immense potential, corruption, environmental pollution and religious divisions are tearing the country’s social and political fabric. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where one encounters every kind of geography, topography, and weather. In the north lies the great Himalayan mountain range towering thousands of feet above sea […]

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Trump: trumpeting for a war on Iran?

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich  The Trump Administration’s rhetoric and actions have alarmed the world. The protests in response to his visa ban have overshadowed and distracted from a darker threat: war with Iran. Is the fear of the threat greater than the threat itself? The answer is not clear. Certainly Americans and non-Americans who took comfort […]

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A critical evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled the organisational structure of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), causing it to disintegrate into splinter groups. Both the TTP and its offshoots have shifted their operational bases to eastern […]

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Uri Attack and the Doval Doctrine

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction According to the basic premise of neo-realism, a country employs all means fair or foul to maximise its burgeoning national interests and national security. In the very same way, the incumbent Indian government is bent on surreptitiously orchestrating attacks on the country’s well-guarded army and air bases so as to blame Pakistan […]

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The water war

By Ayaz Ahmed The right-wing government of India is bent on accusing Pakistan of terrorism and militancy. After facing diplomatic failure in its smear campaign against Pakistan, the supremacist BJP has lately displayed its inclination to employ water as a weapon against Pakistan. In this context, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a special meeting […]

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