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India’s Anti-Satellite Test

On 27 March, 2019, Indian Prime Minister  Narendra  Modi  declared  his country to be a ‘space power’. He announced that India has successfully tested an Anti- Satellite (A-SAT) weapon i.e. an Indian  ground-launched  missile shot down one of India’s test satellite in the low...

A game changer in Tehran?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab This week, Pakistan and Iran agreed to strengthen their border security regime to deal with a deadly mix of terrorist groups, religious militants, drug smugglers, human traffickers and criminals along their 950-kilometre long border the two countries share. These are the...

Pakistan’s Nasr Missile: Consolidating Deterrence in Region

By: Asma Khalid* In the anarchic international system, states adopt multiple strategies to ensure their sovereignty and security i.e. military modernization, developing alliances and economic development. In the strategic calculus of South Asia, nuclear deterrence plays a dominant role in military security and peace among...

Pakistan’s Tough Balancing Game in the Gulf

On February 17-18, 2019, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman made his first two-day state visit to Pakistan as part of a  major regional tour after Khashoggi’s  murder had blighted  the  shine  of the  Kingdom’s  de  facto  ruler  in  the  West  as  a reformer ...

Balochistan and global high-politics

By Shamsa Khalil Balochistan, the largest but least populous province of Pakistan is yet to embark on the road to sustainable peace, prosperity and good governance. From geo political perspective its location is of paramount significance. It is one of the vital strategic windows that...

CPEC: Current State and Future Outlook

Faisal Ahmad During past five years China and Pakistan have explored new avenues –energy and infrastructure projects–under the framework of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Scores of energy and infrastructure projects have been completed and operationalised. Few others are in the process of completion. Meanwhile, bilateral...

Agenda for New Foreign Secretary

By Mamoona Rubab With Tehmina Janjua’s retirement coming up, a new foreign secretary will be taking over. Syeda Mamoona Rubab shares what she knows of the new foreign secretary In today’s interconnected world, people take great interest in foreign policy because it is about conflict and...

Battle of narratives

Pakistan’s plan of action is to project itself as pro-peace, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Active military engagement between Pakistan and India in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident took place for merely two days, but the two sides are continuing their battle of narratives, which...

Uncertainty in Afghanistan

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s prediction of an incoming “good government” in Kabul has compounded the anxiety of the Afghan government that was nervously watching the talks between the United States and the Taliban progress in Doha. Speaking in Bajaur three days after US...

One step forward with EU

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab After protracted negotiations spanning over several years, Pakistan and the European Union (EU) this week finally agreed on the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), which would elevate the relationship between Islamabad and the 28-member European bloc to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The agreement...
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