Analyses and Opinions

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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Does Pakistan’s Nuclear Doctrine Stand Vindicated Post-Pulwama?

By M Waqas Jan - Earlier this week on 28th May, Pakistan marked more than two decades of technological prowess since successfully harnessing nuclear weapons capability. Termed as the’ Day of Greatness’ (Youm e Takbir), the occasion is meant to symbolize the country’s resolve and determination in indigenously developing advanced ...
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India-Pakistan: Stitched in Multilateral Interests

By Shamsa Nawaz - Bilaterally botched relationship, Pakistan and India would be working together in an economic and strategic multilateral forum of Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The China-led Organization has eight members – India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and four observer states, Afghanistan, Belarus, ...
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From Scapegoat Back to Key Ally: Pakistan and the Perils of US Maximalism

By M Waqas Jan - In the two years since President Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing but deceit and lies, relations between both countries seem to have undergone a dramatic turnaround. This is evident not only in the official narrative being put forth by both countries with respect to one ...
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Questioning the Novelty of India’s New Normal

By Haris Bilal Malik  - In recent years Indian notions of Pre-emption and so-called surgical strikes have been referred to as the ‘new normal’ by many in India. These have contributed to further affecting the security, stability and strategic equilibrium in the South Asian region. This is evident in how ...
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