Analyses and Opinions

The US Endgame in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s political and security situation is quite precarious given the intensity of Taliban advances, lack of progress in intra-Afghan talks, and, most importantly, the accelerated US withdrawal. This is not to overlook the American quest to establish bases in the neighborhood to keep an eye on Afghanistan. Yet things seem ...
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Pakistan’s Peaceful Application of Nuclear Technology

The odyssey of Pakistan’s nuclear technology started with the acquaintance of the “Atoms for Peace” program in 1953. Pakistan became one of the early beneficiaries of the program and sent many scientists and experts for training purposes, to get familiar with the aspects of nuclear technology and its use in ...
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Palestinian Suffering

The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel brokered by Egypt, although violated within a few hours, holds so far. Indeed, the situation is returning to ‘normal’. However, the conflict has cost both parties dear. More than 217 Palestinians, including 63 children and 38 women, have been martyred and 1400 wounded. The ...
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Seizure of Radioactive Uranium in Indian and Depleting Nuclear Safety and Security

Very recently, in the first week of May 2021, the Indian police have seized 7.1 Kilograms of illegally possessed Radioactive Uranium by two men in the state of Maharashtra. The material was sent to Bhabha Atomic Research Center to get confirmation on seized material and after confirmation from the center, ...
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Twenty-Three Years of Nuclearization in South Asia: Evaluating Non-Proliferation Trends From Past to Present

May 28, 2021, marks the 23rd anniversary of the nuclearization of South Asia. It was on this day in the year 1998 when Pakistan conducted six nuclear tests in the Chaghi district of the Southwestern Baluchistan province. This was purely in response to the Indian nuclear tests on the 11th ...
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Pakistan’s Nuclear Capability: Holding the Burden of Maintaining Strategic Stability

The South Asian region has always remained vulnerable to conflicts and escalation for many decades. This is primarily because of its ever-increasing volatility and the complex security dynamics of the region. Given the hostile nature of the relationship between India and Pakistan, both countries have fought full-fledged wars and limited ...
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India’s Pursuit of Hypersonic Weapons: Effect on Strategic Stability in South Asia

Hypersonic weapons are the latest trend in the revolution of military affairs. These weapons are believed to travel more than five times the speed of sound, difficult to be detected, and nearly impossible to be intercepted. The major military powers of the world, which includes the US, Russia, and China ...
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Role of Nuclear Energy for Combating Climate Change in Pakistan

Climate change can be regarded as one of the biggest threats to the future of humanity because of its direct relation with water, food, and human security. Pakistan is among the countries which are highly vulnerable to climate change despite only being responsible for releasing 1% of total greenhouse gas ...
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Operationalizing the K-2: Another Milestone towards Nuclear Energy

Peaceful use of nuclear technology is a subject of great deliberation whenever the dual-used technologies are to be discussed and analyzed at the international level. Pakistan has shown remarkable dedication and innovation in the indigenous development of nuclear capability for peaceful purposes. It possesses a robust peaceful nuclear program, roots ...
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Role of Nuclear Power in Pakistan’s Economic and Sustainable Development

On March 18th, 2021 'Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission' (PAEC) announced that the 1,100 MW reactor of (KANUPP-2), the second unit of the ‘Karachi Nuclear Power Plant’ was connected to the national grid. This reactor is ACP-1000 or Hualong One and was supplied on a turnkey basis by 'CNNC' (China National ...
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Has the US killed the peace process?

Afghanistan’s sputtering peace process effectively stalled following President Biden’s announcement of a delayed timetable for US troop withdrawal from the country. And while he failed to acknowledge that this revision violated the US-Taliban Doha agreement — the Taliban, nevertheless, responded by announcing a boycott of all peace talks. Indeed, the ...
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US Intelligence Report on South Asia: Dynamics and Probability of War and Escalation between India and Pakistan

The South Asian region is widely regarded as one of the most volatile regions in the world. This is primarily because of the hostile nature of the relationship between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The regional security dynamics have remained complex given the asymmetric military equation between India and ...
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Space Weaponization: A Threat to Arms Race Stability in South Asia

The space weaponization debate is getting a foothold in the international security environment. The aim to achieve global power status has urged the influential states to work on outer space. The militarization and weaponization of outer space have been in discussion for some time. The outer space weaponization is horrendous ...
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US Missteps in Afghanistan

History is poised to witness a second superpower’s exit from Afghanistan in four decades. Earlier this month, when US President Joe Biden announced that it was “time to end the forever war”, he was standing in the same Treaty Room as George W Bush when the latter had informed the ...
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Russia and Pakistan to Boost Cooperation in Defense and Counterterrorism

Despite their long history of a troubled relationship that was based on certain dynamics, the bilateral relationship between Russia and Pakistan is seemingly on the path of improvement since the last decade in particular. The relationship has been further solidified through cooperation in the fields of economics, politics, and the ...
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