The purpose behind the creation of the SSII was to establish a dedicated academic and research institution for conducting research and trainings on important issues related to Pakistan’s security. SSII aim to put knowledge to practice by providing an alternate narrative in critical areas of Strategic Studies, especially Arms Control and Disarmament.

The US stakes in South Asia

Two caveats to the notion of South Asia as a distinct sub region anymore. First, with the introduction of MRBMs and IRBMs by the countries of the region – and the ICBM programme of India (See slides), one cannot really talk of South Asia as a distinct region. Second, post-9/11 US forces in Central Asia,…

Security Dynamics of South Asia

While 9/11 is seen as having altered the strategic dynamics of South Asia in a most stark fashion, the reality is that these dynamics began altering before 9/11 and 9/11 accentuated them. So let us identify some of the major trends coming to the fore with the end of bipolarity around the South Asian region and which have now become accentuated in the wake of 9/11.

Exploiting the Muslim divides

Muharram in Pakistan is a most stark reminder of the plight of Muslims today. Here we are, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and some amongst us have to practice our faith with the unseemly sight of armed security all around the mosques and Imambargahs. Sectarian divides do not exist only in the Muslim World.…