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A tougher approach

Courtesy Dawn- Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said...

BRICS declaration

Courtesy Dawn-  The message is uniform from friend and foe alike: Pakistan’s tolerance for externally oriented militant groups is no longer acceptable and a serious national effort needs to be made if the country is to remain on the right side of international opinion. The significance...

DON’T COUNT AL-QAEDA OUT IN SOUTH ASIA

Courtesy South Asian Voices-  As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loses ground in Iraq and nears its end in Syria the organization is looking to re-establish itself in Afghanistan and South East Asia, as evidenced by its exploits in the Philippines and...

The Afghan war and Pakistan

Courtesy Express Tribune- There is much debate and controversy about the much awaited, and now quite public, ‘new’ American Afghan policy in political, intellectual and diplomatic circles in Pakistan and abroad. The central presumption of this policy is that the US and its allies can...

Afghan officials said to talk nearly every day with Taliban

Courtesy Associated Press- Despite seemingly stalled peace talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban, officials say the intelligence chief speaks by telephone with militant leaders nearly every day about the country’s constitution and political future. In addition, Afghanistan’s national security adviser has conversations with the...

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. Mattis did not specify the size of the force, which...

Will U.S. threats to Pakistan help crack down on terrorism? Not really.

Courtesy The Washington Post- President Trump’s recent speech on Afghanistan put Pakistan “on notice” for supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Trump threatened aid reductions and targeted sanctions — unless Pakistan changes course. India and Afghanistan are happy; Pakistan is not. Here are five...

AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, AND THE LIMITS OF U.S. INFLUENCE

Courtesy War On The Rocks- President Donald Trump has announced the results of his “comprehensive review” of U.S. strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia and – as many have already noted – they are uninspiring. Sixteen years of war leads to bouts of soul-searching,...

ISIS ‘OUTSOURCES’ TERROR ATTACKS TO THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN: U.N. REPORT

Courtesy Newsweek- After losing territory and power in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is outsourcing its deadly attacks on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to local splinter groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, because it lacks manpower. Claiming responsibility for a string of...

The Path to Uncertain Future

Syeda Mamoona Rubab US President Donald Trump on August 21, 2017 announced his administration’s policy on Afghanistan and South Asia at Fort Myer (VA, US) for what he himself described as laying out the path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia. The policy speech by US...
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