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Afghanistan Conundrum: Regional Quest for Peace and Stability

The evolving situation in Afghanistan presents a new set of challenges for regional peace and stability. The irresponsible withdrawal of  US troops without reaching a permanent, all-inclusive political settlement, further deteriorated the situation. Now, the ultimate onus to stabilise the war-torn country in the...

Afghanistan: Changing Situation and Regional Responses

Two years of negotiations between the United States (US) and Afghan Taliban led to an agreement on withdrawal of US troops from the war-ravaged Afghanistan. America had initially committed to complete pullout of its forces by early May, 2021. However, the new Biden administration...

Iran’s Foreign Policy Outlook under New Administration

President Raisi was elected President of Iran at a time when the region is experiencing new geopolitical developments. Iran hopes to focus on its political development by advancing its security, bolstering its dwindling economy, and enhancing regional multilateralism for mutual benefits. Iran's approach to...

Iranian Presidential Election 2021

On Friday, June 18, 2021, Iran held its 13th presidential election. The election took place at a critical juncture for Iran, which is negotiating the United States’ return to the nuclear deal and removal of the American sanctions, besides struggling with a troubled economy...

Evolving Situation in Afghanistan

For decades, Afghanistan has been at the forefront of Pakistan’s foreign policy and internal security. Owing to geography, people-to-people linkages, tribal affiliations, and the political economy of the border regions, Pakistan cannot remain insulated from the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan. Among the regional...

Hyper-nationalism in India & Indo-Pak Relations

The second consecutive victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general election of 2019 was a successful culmination of a decades-long campaign to leverage Hindu nationalism in contemporary Indian political discourse. The democratic process has been used as a vehicle to achieve political...

2021 Ceasefire Understanding: A Tactical Pause?

In a surprising and rare joint statement, Indian and Pakistani militaries, on February 25, 2021 announced “strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors”. This announcement made after talks between Director Generals of...

Independence for Kashmir: A Viable Idea?

In a surprise announcement, on the Kashmir Solidarity Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan offered option of independence to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, after they accede to Pakistan in a United Nations supervised referendum. This, however, is not the first time that Mr....

Rising Islamophobia in Europe

Whenever a Muslim person is gunned down, or killed in an apparent anti-Islamic act, various deceptive terms such as ‘racist killing’, are used by the media to divert attention from the surging Islamophobia across Europe. It was on display in the aftermath of the...

Afghan Peace Process : Pakistan and the Region

After taking charge as the president of the United States (US) in 2017, Donald Trump began focusing upon ending American military entanglements around the globe. After all, this was one of the major slogans of his election campaign that helped him to ascend to...
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