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Change in Afghanistan-Potential Resurgence of TTP

The astonishing return of the Afghan Taliban to power in Kabul after twenty long years of war, which involved foreign forces led by the US and its Western allies, and later on Afghan National Army,  heralds a new chapter in the geopolitics of the...

Hindutva Media: Impact on India-Pakistan Relations

Since the ascent of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) government in India, a rise in extremism, communal violence and religious hyper nationalism has been witnessed, which has trodden the secular India onto a path that is antithetical to the principles the country used to stand...

Change in Afghanistan: Resurgence of TTP in Pakistan

Faisal Ahmed* With the Afghan Taliban’s take over of Kabul and subsequent evolving regional dynamics, Pakistan is faced with an elevated threat of a resurgence of Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan. TTP has become emboldened by the rise to power of the Afghan Taliban. Moreover, right-wing extremist...

From Guns to Governance: Expected Pitfalls For New Taliban Government

On September 7, the Afghan Taliban announced formation of an interim government in Afghanistan, nearly three weeks after they seized control of the country in a dazzling military conquest as the Afghan National Army and West backed Ghani government melted away. The newly announced...

Taliban’s Stunning Takeover of Afghanistan: What Next?

Within days, events took a dramatic turn in Afghanistan. The speed and ease of Taliban lightening quick takeover of major urban centers has shocked the international community and regional stakeholder. The collapse of Afghan National Army (ANA) which handed over the country to the...

Afghanistan Conundrum: Regional Quest for Peace and Stability

The evolving situation in Afghanistan presents a new set of challenges for regional peace and stability. The irresponsible withdrawal of  US troops without reaching a permanent, all-inclusive political settlement, further deteriorated the situation. Now, the ultimate onus to stabilise the war-torn country in the...

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...

Iran’s Foreign Policy Outlook under New Administration

President Raisi was elected President of Iran at a time when the region is experiencing new geopolitical developments. Iran hopes to focus on its political development by advancing its security, bolstering its dwindling economy, and enhancing regional multilateralism for mutual benefits. Iran's approach to...

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...

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...
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