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Pakistan & the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019

The upcoming ‘Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019’, which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Dec 19-21, presents a unique and timely opportunity for Pakistan from the perspective of building alliances for support against India. The Summit, which seeks to brainstorm...

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...

MK-45 Guns Deal: Manifestation of Growing Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

On November 20, 2019, the Trump administration approved sale of up to 13 MK 45 naval guns and related equipment worth an estimated cost of $1.0210 billion to India. The sale of MK 45 naval guns has two implications: Firstly, acquisition of MK-45 guns...

The Israel Lobby

“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war,” warned John Adams, one of the founding fathers and subsequently, the second president of the United States (US). But, long gone are the days when the American Revolution was correlated with a beacon of hope for the...

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...

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...

Resetting Pakistan-China Relations and Reviving CPEC

Introduction Pakistan and China have reset the bilateral relationship, particularly, economic cooperation after a year of economic slowdown in Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan recently visited Beijing on the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. It provided leadership of both countries an opportunity to exchange...

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...

CHALLENGES TO MEDIATION IN THE PERSIAN GULF

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been on the opposite sides of the geo-political divide since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and their rivalry has become more acrimonious with the passage of time because of its sectarian dimension and domestic politics of the two countries....
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