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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...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Feeling the Pain

Courtesy The National Interest-  President Trump has decided to follow the lead of his military advisers in Afghanistan, choosing not to pull out the U.S. troops that candidate Trump had pledged to withdraw. Rather, he’ll send more troops, with the express purpose of training and...

US, Taliban to resume talks

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Germans are also playing a role in the new plan. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains how The United States and Afghan Taliban will begin their seventh round of talks in Doha tomorrow (Saturday, June 29). This time, there seems to be unusual optimism...

China Can’t Solve the North Korea Problem

Courtesy The New York Times-  After each North Korean provocation, a soothing mantra echoes through the halls of government and think tanks in the United States. China, it is frequently said, could solve this seemingly unsolvable problem, finally reining in North Korea, if Beijing were just...

OIC needs to take strong line on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Hussain Abid “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done. … I've judged this course of...

Afghanistan Peace Deal: A Way Forward

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab President Trump told PM Imran exactly what he wanted to hear. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why It is rare that an American president tells a Pakistani leader exactly what he wants to hear, and specifically something that causes some serious heartburn among...

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...

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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