Impact of Emerging Technologies on South Asian Strategic Stability

By Moiz Khan The Arms Control and Disarmament (AC&D) is under strain due to renewed geopolitical tensions; evolving nuclear doctrines; the collapse of existing treaties and agreements; technological advancements and military modernisations. The ripples of weak AC&D architecture has also affected South Asia – a region of three nuclear-armed adversaries. Against this backdrop, it is…

Kashmir and Afghanistan: Pakistan’s Choices and Options

by Kashif Hussain India’s unilateral and illegal decision to annex Kashmir has immediate, medium and long term motives, and interestingly, all its objectives are directly or indirectly linked with Afghanistan. India has long been trying to tag Pakistan as a “state sponsor of terrorism”, and has struggled to isolate the country. In the face of Pakistan successfully countering the…

Russia-Pakistan Relations And Afghanistan: Broadening Strategic Convergence

On the sidelines of last month’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, Russian and Pakistani foreign ministers hinted at transforming their burgeoning cooperation into a broader strategic partnership. Converging interests in Afghanistan have been a key factor in warming Russo-Pak relations. For Russia it is strategically important to minimize the spillover of terrorism into its periphery, which could impact potential Russian economic…

The Kashmir Quagmire, Rising Islamophobia and Hindu Nationalism

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2019 touched upon four key points: climate change, money laundering, Islamophobia, and the Kashmir dispute. The sequence of the issues discussed, while highlighting their significance for Pakistan, reflected a well-thought-out strategy to galvanise the world’s attention toward Kashmir —…

The white genocide

A 28-year-old Australian whose assault rifles bore anti-Muslim and White-supremacist slogans killed 50 Muslim worshippers last month at two mosques in New Zealand where they had gathered for Friday prayers. What made this atrocity more devastating was the fact that the shooter filmed the attack using a head-mounted camera, live streaming the assault to Facebook.…

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 the United States’ decades-long struggle in Afghanistan against the Taliban, President Donald Trump had announced, in December last year, his intention to withdraw from the war-torn country. He installed a special representative for reconciliation, Zalmay…