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Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process

Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA...

Look inward to address causes of terrorism, not outward to blame

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab- Back to back attacks in Kabul underscore the need to reach a political settlement in the conflict in Afghanistan. The Afghan capital has lately witnessed a series of high-profile terrorist attacks, some perpetrated by the Taliban and its affiliate Haqqani Network, while...

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,...

A shift in Saudi Foreign Policy?

By Hussain Abid & Sajid Ali There is increasing indication that a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia is imminent. Such indications are given credence with the announcement of Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif that after Haj (Muslim Pilgrimage) diplomatic visits could possibly be exchanged...

China confirms India’s withdrawal of troops, equipment from Dong Lang

Courtesy People's Daily- BEIJING, Aug. 28 -- China on Monday confirmed via on-site checks that India has withdrawn personnel and equipment from Dong Lang (Doklam) after a military stand-off lasting more than two months. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese personnel completed the...

China’s involvement in Afghanistan of long-term significance

Courtesy Global Times-  Afghanistan is one of a few Asian countries where civil wars have continued beyond the end of World War II, and through the 38 years since the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979. At present, Afghanistan faces a severe security situation...

‘Dragon in a three-piece suit’

Courtesy Dawn- Sometime earlier this year, CPEC brought three Chinese families to my parents’ neighbourhood in suburban Lahore. For the first couple of months, I was told, the new neighbours rarely ventured out of their residences for anything other than commuting to work. In a...

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...

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,...

India-Pakistan’s lessons for peace in North Korea

Courtesy The Washington Post- Retired CIA director Gen. Michael V. Hayden recently told New Yorker writer Robin Wright that any diplomatic solution “will have to, in one way or another, concede North Korea’s nuclear status. Nothing else is possible.” As a former deputy chief of...
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