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Bangladesh: Trailing Behind the Virus

Bangladesh, one of the world's most densely-populated countries, officially reported its first Covid-19 case on March 8, 2020. The first death because of the pandemic occurred on March 18, 2020. The viral infection had, by March 31, 2020, infected 51 individuals and claimed 5...

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...

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...

Have Pakistan’s counter-terrorism operations succeeded?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab thinks scepticism about the intensity, focus, and even-handedness of counter-terrorism operations persists The security situation in the country has vastly improved over the past few years due to multiple counter-terrorism operations undertaken by law enforcement agencies and armed forces. Analysis...

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,...

FATF’s failing grade

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab  According to FATF’s assessment, Pakistan implemented only 5 of 22 agreed action points. Syeda Mamoona Rubab what all remains unaddressed After narrowly escaping the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) dreaded blacklist, the government has renewed its resolve to make necessary changes in...

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...

Fresh Reset

Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains the how the US and Taliban recently engaged in Islamabad The United States and Taliban recently made ‘reasonable progress’ in Islamabad towards resuscitating their peace talks. These talks had been declared “dead” by President Donald Trump a few weeks...
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