Opinion

India-Pakistan Standoff: Prospects for Escalation and De-escalation

After more than a month has passed since the dog fight over Kashmir between Pakistan and India the latter claimed that the former is planning a...

Recent U.S.-Taliban talks: One step forward, two steps back?

The fifth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban ended in Doha last week after 16 days of engagement. As a result of...

Pakistan-India Crisis: Why It Isn’t Over Yet

By Muhammad Abdul Qadeer & Moiz Khan On the midnight of Feb. 26, 2019, the Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC)...

What’s Wrong With the Afghan Peace Process?

The United States has been struggling to stablise Afghanistan for the last eighteen years and is currently looking to withdraw its forces from the...

The changing parameters of external policies

As warfare has altered over the decades with the shifting of the ‘centre of gravity’ and the notion of the cold war evolving into...

Kashmir: A potential blueprint for Conflict Resolution

By Shireen M Mazari Background The Kashmir conflict has once again come centre stage in the aftermath of the continuing violence being perpetrated by the Indian...

The Kashmir challenge: multilateralism is the only way forward

Pakistan’s nascent government is hoping for the resumption of bilateral talks with India. However, the government feels that this is not possible before the Indian...

Hybrid warfare and centre of gravity

This year (2018), we heard the word ‘hybrid warfare’ ad nauseum within Pakistan and also in many Western strategic and leadership circles – as...

US Withdrawal from the INF & Future of the Non-Proliferation Regime

One after the other, Trump administration has been leaving international organisations, breaking deals and withdrawing from international arms control treaties. The list includes, US...

Afghan presidential elections: could deferral help the peace process?

Late last month, in a surprise move, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan announced that next year’s presidential elections will proceed as planned on April...