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Trump’s India Visit Underscores ‘America First’ in South Asia Ties

In the last week of February, President Donald Trump paid maiden visit to India. It was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties in multiple domains between the two ‘allies’. This included mutual cooperation in Indo-Pacific, defence, maritime security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, secure 5G networks, and combating...

Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus...

2019: A testing year in foreign policy

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Economic concerns largely shaped foreign policy last year, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Foreign policy is often described as a fire fighting job with the goal of avoiding the worst. Year 2019 underscored that as Pakistan continued to face multiple challenges on the...

Creation myths

By Asad Rahim Khan IT started as a murmur. “Amit Shah’s insinuation, that Muslims shall not and cannot be safe and secure in India, will be widely acclaimed in one country: Pakistan,” wrote Indian historian Ramachandra Guha. This was some months before Kashmir and Ayodhya, and...

Afghan Peace Deal: Deadlock Continues

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab looks at all the factors that are obstructing a peace agreement in Afghanistan Talks between the United States and Taliban over a peace deal have resumed in Doha after a hiatus of nearly three months, but the prospects for...

Grand Talk

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Iran and Pakistan have not deepened their relations because they find themselves in opposite camps of regional geopolitics, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Visits by Pakistani and Iranian leaders to each other’s country have always been marked by plenty of platitudes about bilateral...

Talking Peace in Beijing

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab China may be able to push all parties in the Afghan conflict to reach a settlement, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab There is some glimmer of hope for peace as China is preparing to host a fresh initiative for bringing together Afghan political...

Chicken-or-Egg Conundrum

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why there has been no headway in the Afghan peace process Nearly six weeks after US President Donald Trump upended peace negotiations with Taliban, there seems to be a consensus that the peace process needs to be restarted,...

Friends and Foes

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s week, which started with an initiative for easing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, is looking to end on a rather positive note as he has apparently gotten the consent of both parties to engage in a...
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