Muhammad Shoaib is a Senior Research Fellow at the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad. He holds an M.phil and an M.Sc. in International Relations from the School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He has served as Associate Research Strategist at a private think tank: The Aleph Institute Islamabad. He has also remained an intern at the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR). His areas of interest include Arms control and disarmament, Iranian nuclear issue, South Asia in the New Great Game.

COVID-19 and Cybersecurity

Author: Muhammad Shoaib The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented global social disruption and also altered the threat landscape in the domain of cybersecurity. The landscape is characterised by changing patterns of behaviour and consequently an increase in incidents of coronavirus-related cyberattacks. This trend of exploitation of a global pandemic is not unique. Hacktivists tend to…

Who’s Winning the Proxy in Syria

by Muhammad Shoaib Trump was persuaded by neoconservatives to keep forces in Syria, because U.S. withdrawal from Syria would implicate Russian dominance in the proxy theatre. Broadly the situation in Syria is reminiscent of the Cold War, but more complex due to several smaller proxy conflicts between regional state and non-state actors. The U.S.’ inability…