Hot take on Elections 2018: Towards a New Pakistan?

By Amina Afzal The July 2018 election has been criticized for being engineered in favor of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, of being contested under China’s shadow, and for bringing religion to the fore of Pakistani politics. Yet the nation chose to exercise its right to elect a new government and cast their votes notwithstanding the terrorist attack in Quetta and despite the…

India and the Kashmir dispute

By Muhammad Abdul Qadeer During a recent interview to The Indian Express, Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat sent out a message to Kashmiri youth that “Azaadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen.” He warned that India would fight those with “full force” who seek “Azadi”. His comments follow a new round of clashes between Kashmiris…

Why Pml-N Is No Favorite To Win Pakistan’s Election

By Amina Afzal In Pakistan, both the establishment and ethnic, nationalist, religious, and regional parties have played important roles as kingmakers, helping shape electoral politics, and will continue to do so in the upcoming general elections. Provincial strongholds are also an important factor influencing elections, as is evident in Punjab—the electoral success of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz…

The ball is in India’s court

by Amina Afzal Pakistan-India relations are defined as much by cricket as they are by conflict. Mirroring the political tensions between the two countries right now, the relationship between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is also at its lowest. Amid growing tensions, the Asia Cup…

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…