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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....

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...

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...

Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Israel’s newly installed unity government is planning to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank in what is being feared to be a very provocative and dangerous move. The idea of annexing parts of West Bank has all along existed in Israeli political discourse since...

High Stakes: Election 2020 Will Define America’s Future Path

On 3 November 2020, Americans will elect their next president, but this is not the usual electoral contest. In many ways, this election will determine the nation’s economic and political future. The country faces the choice of advancing Trumpian policies or accepting the centrist...

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...

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...

Long Term China-Iran Strategic Cooperation

China and Iran, two important powers in Asia, have indicated mutual interest in deepening bilateral cooperation. This could directly impact peace and stability in the Persian Gulf and can potentially increase the relative power of each nation as they respond to common external challenger:...

Biden’s foreign policy

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the controversial American presidential election of 2020. The newly elected president is, however, set to face a host of foreign policy challenges. These challenges stem from President Trump’s deviation from the traditional American approach to foreign policy. President...

Deciphering Iran’s declaration of support for Turkey in Libya

Iran’s recent statement of support to the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) may come as a surprise to many. The two’s geopolitical divergences have always often been stark, making Iran’s choice to now adopt a clear position on Libya – a country...
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