The On Again-Off Again Alliance

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s recent visit to Washington came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Pakistan, in the aftermath of the Trump administration’s decision to suspend security aid to the country earlier this year.  Although visits to and from Washington highlight the importance of a continued relationship, bilateral relations have been characterized by their on again,…

Politics, economics and nuclear deals

by Amina Afzal Originally published in Tribune French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India coincides with the anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster seven years ago. However, this will have no effect on proposed talks about a nuclear agreement between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and France’s EDF on six nuclear reactors.…

The Trouble With The Trump Administration’s Pakistan Policy

By Amina Afzal Recently unveiled by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the 2018 National Defense Strategy(NDS) of the United States builds upon President Donald Trump’s December 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS) and also sets guidelines for future defense spending. Although many aspects of Trump’s NSS are being likened to President Barack Obama’s in 2010 and 2015, the NSS 2017 is…

Opinion: Clearing the air

By Amina Afzal It’s that time of the year again. A thick layer of smog has obscured the Margalla Hills in Islamabad. The situation in Lahore is even worse. The particulate filled smog has become a health hazard for its populace. The visibility is so low that various sections of the Motorway and numerous roads…

Troubled Water: India’s History With The Indian Ocean Zone Of Peace

by Amina Afzal Director Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII) In April 2016, India took a significant step towards completing its nuclear triad with the test of its K-4 intermediate-range, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from India’s first indigenously-produced nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant. A month later, a Pakistani foreign affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz, issued a policy statement at the United Nations General Assembly…

Opinion: Beyond past errors

By: Dr. Shireen Mazari & Imaan Mazari Hazir That the government of Pakistan failed to make its case against provisional measures at the International Court of Justice hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav is now accepted in most political and legal circles. A number of omissions and faux-pas, especially but not solely by the Foreign Office, led to…

Opinion: Autocratic rulers

By Dr.Shireen Mazari The Hussain Haqqani article admitting to his issuing unlimited visas to US Special Ops, CIA and all manner of black ops personnel without going through the normal channels of security clearances has only made public what many of us had been asserting during the tenure of the previous government. Of course, Haqqani…

Opinion: The Fault Within

by Amina Afzal Originally published on SouthAsianVoice That external elements aided the execution of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan may well be a foregone conclusion, February 2017 has been a stark reminder that the country’s own approach to counterterrorism has failed miserably. Counterterrorism efforts by the political leadership have been reduced to petty point-scoring opportunities, with both…