Analyses and Opinions

India’s Arms Obsession and Power Psychosis

Dr. Zafar Iqbal Cheema writes for Hilal - Generally, a country’s ranking in the global arms register is considered synonymous with its position in the international hierarchy of military/strategic power that fortunately or unfortunately is not the case with India. According to the SIPRI Factsheet April 2020, India has recently ...
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‘Westlessness’: Shaping Anew The EU’s Power

- Shamsa Nawaz The endurance of a political order cannot be permanently measured in the absence of any instrument, neither can it be substantially responded to at any given point and time. Similarly, the collapse of a system does not require any clear or prolonged warning. The world has experienced ...
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Assessing the value of the endorsements pouring in on Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir

- Haris Bilal Malilk Despite the tumultuous developments that have taken place since last year, the Kashmir issue has once again intensified considerably over just the last few weeks. The emergent security dynamics of the South Asian region are directly and indirectly linked with this long-standing issue in several ways ...
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PRESENT LIMITATIONS TO INDIA’S NUCLEAR TRIAD

- Sher Bano In November 2018 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly announced that India’s nuclear triad was complete after the INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear powered submarine, successfully completed its deterrence patrol. Although it was considered a significant milestone in India’s nuclear capability, the submarine does not considerably add ...
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Similarities Between Trump-Modi Policies And Actions

- Irfan Ali President Donald Trump calls PM Narendra Modi the father of India; according to him he has been successful in combining every section of society like a father combines the whole family through caring for the needs, necessities and reservations of his children. Including praise for PM Modi, ...
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Indo-Pak Relations In The Post-Truth Era

- Basma Khalil Ralph Keyes in his book “The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life” said, this is the era of post truth in which the borders between the truth and lie are too vague. He said, in the present, people have truth, lies and statements alike which ...
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Trump in India – Assessing the Current Trajectory of Indo-US Ties

- M Waqas Jan The last few days saw India pulling out all the stops for President Trump’s first official visit to the country. High on optics and bollywoodesque fanfare, the trip despite serving as a vital political boost to both leaders remained shy of any concrete agreements.  At least ...
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Artificial Intelligence: Potential Intensifier of Strategic Dynamics in South Asia

- Hananah Zarrar With growing dependency on artificial rationalization, human reasoning and decision-making is under continuous suppression. Where machine learning and deep learning tends to empower machines to carry out functions and break assigned tasks into easier ones, it nevertheless fastens the route towards a world order that is likely ...
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Assessing India’s Enhanced Air Defence Shield with reference to Pakistan’s MIRV Capabilities

- Haris Bilal Malik Since the last few years, India has been continuously carrying out an extensive military modernization program aimed at enhancing its counterforce capabilities vis-à-vis Pakistan. Under this notion, one of its most important components is the enhancement of its air defence capabilities aimed at providing an extensive ...
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The Wider Geopolitical Repercussions of Enforcing a One-Sided Peace onto the Middle East

Waqas Jan Of all the varying reactions from the rest of the world following the White House’s latest Mid-East Peace Plan, none as such have come as a surprise considering the last few years’ trajectory of inter-state relations within the Middle Eastern region. The ‘peace’ plan which was announced by President Trump alongside ...
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Emerging Cyber warfare threats to Pakistan

- Basma Khalil “The potential for the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyber-attack.” Leon Panetta In the modern era, war has been revolutionized due to rapid advancements in technology. As a result, cyber security along with its pros and cons is contributing increasingly to modern warfare. Pakistan, ...
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Sri Lanka A Key Piece In The Great Game Of The Indian Ocean

- Sher Bano Whoever controls the Indian Ocean will dominate Asia… the destiny of the world will be decided on its waters” – Alfred Thayer Mahan Island republics can advantageously secure global outreach as well as serve as spearheads in international competition. Growing dependence over maritime trade and its efficacy ...
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Battle of Yokes: Indo-US vs. Sino-Pak Nexus

- Shamsa Nawaz Rearrangements of new realities after the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan in 1979, and the readjustment of post WWII International Order into a multi-polar regionalized and globalized world, has led to the twosome power game in South Asia to continue via proxy. In all, from ...
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Escalating to De-Escalate: From Balakot to Ain al-Asad

By M Waqas Jan - With tensions between the United States and Iran dramatically escalating just days into the new year, the risks of a new and even more damaging war erupting in the Middle East have once again reached worrying levels. This was sparked by the brazen US drone ...
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Justifying a Pakistani Response to India’s Hybrid Warfare Campaign

By Haris Bilal Malik - Hybrid warfare has irreversibly changed the dynamics of war in the contemporary era. In a way, it can be perceived as forming a ‘new normal’ that has also transformed the nature of warfare in South Asia, one of the most volatile regions of the world ...
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