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CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

India’s Anti-Satellite Test

On 27 March, 2019, Indian Prime Minister  Narendra  Modi  declared  his country to be a ‘space power’. He announced that India has successfully tested an Anti- Satellite (A-SAT) weapon i.e. an Indian  ground-launched  missile shot down one of India’s test satellite in the low...

Fifty Years of NPT: Weaknesses over the course

NPT is a landmark treaty that lies at the heart of non-proliferation regime (NPR). In July 2018, Fiftieth anniversary of the NPT has been celebrated. Theoretically, NPT is committed to the goal of arms control and aims to accomplish the nuclear disarmament. For this purpose,...

Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation

Courtesy The Guardian- The world is more dangerous today than it has been in a generation, the head of Nato has said, days before the mobilisation of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops on the EU’s eastern borders, and as a nuclear crisis grows on the...

Can Pakistan-India ties be normal?

Courtesy Dawn- AS people in Pakistan and India celebrate the 70th anniversary of their independence, they should spare a moment for introspection. The story of their relations is largely a history of conflict, war and acrimony. The traumatic circumstances of their independence still live in...

Report of Roundtable with Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Iranian Scholar on Contemporary Issues

On December 20, 2017 Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) hosted a round-table discussion with Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, an Iranian scholar based at Center for International Research and Education, Tehran. Prof. Syed Sajjad Shabbir, Executive Director IPI, chaired the discussion. In his opening remarks Prof. Bukhari welcomed...

Anti-extremism efforts falter

Courtesy Dawn-  Despite the grandstanding from officialdom, anti-extremism is little more than a buzzword in Pakistan. For while everyone acknowledges the importance of countering extremism, no one in authority appears willing to actually undertake the task — at least not in a coherent and consistent...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

Energy crisis, nuclear safety and the security of Pakistan

Speaking in the favour of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, on 8 December 1953, President Eisenhower highlighted the significance of nuclear energy to the world by maintaining that, “It is not enough to take this weapon out of the hands of soldiers. It...

The Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Courtesy Independent- A message came through from Syria on my mobile phone last week. “General Khadour kept his promise,” it read. I knew what it meant. Five years ago, I met Mohamed Khadour, who was commanding a few Syrian soldiers in a small suburb of Aleppo,...
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