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Emerging Turko-Israeli Rift Helps Turkey-Iran Entente

Israel has long possessed a capacity to force, whether by design or by consequence, the upending of alignment dynamics between regional states in ways few else are capable of. Given several relatively recent developments vis a vis blocs and alliances across the Middle East...

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...

Security Report 2019

The number and lethality of terrorist incidents decreased further during 2019 as Pakistan continued its march towards peace and stability. However, challenges to achieving sustainable peace persisted during the year. According to a study on the security situation in the country during 2019, a...

Naravane as Modi’s New Army Chief

India’s Chief of Army Staff designate Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will assume command of the Indian Army on December 31, 2019. He would succeed Gen. Bipin Rawat as the top commander of the 1.3 million strong force, which is also the world’s second...

Is it Arab Spring 2.0?

Introduction Arab Spring was a series of popular protests that erupted in the spring of 2011 in the Arab world and were directed at regime change in a number of Muslim states including Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Bahrain. Despite some significant achievements, the...

Creation myths

By Asad Rahim Khan IT started as a murmur. “Amit Shah’s insinuation, that Muslims shall not and cannot be safe and secure in India, will be widely acclaimed in one country: Pakistan,” wrote Indian historian Ramachandra Guha. This was some months before Kashmir and Ayodhya, and...

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...
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