September 19, 2017

Afghanistan’s Security and the US

(Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodderion’, Creative Commons License)

President Obama’s decision to delay the withdrawal of all US forces post 2016 is a positive initiative for the future of Afghanistan. This decisive measure will impact stability positively in a strategic but very dangerous region of the world. Read More »

Pakistan: Integration and Extension

Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif remains very popular compared to many politicians. (Photo via ISPR)

Fifteen months before his retirement a debate has started about giving General Raheel Sharif an extension “a la Kayani”.  Raheel has managed to do more in his 21 months as COAS than all those predecessors of his who served far beyond their normal term of three years or more put together. Read More »

View from India: Mainstreaming a Nuclear Pakistan

Pakistan's nuclear power plant at Chashma in central Punjab province.

India should offer conditional support to a civilian nuclear deal between the U.S. and Pakistan while insisting that Islamabad signs the ‘No-first-use treaty’ and clamps down on home-grown terror. It is in India’s interest to ensure that Pakistan’s nukes are under international supervision, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

Pakistanization of Turkey

(Photo by  by E.T. Studhalter, World Economic Forum, CCL)

It will be interesting tosee if the Syrian crisis affects Turkey the way the Afghan crisis impacted Pakistan. Read More »

Materializing ‘One Belt One Road’

A view of Makran Coastal Highway. (Photo by junaidrao, Creative Commons License)

“One Belt One Road” concept symbolizing cooperation and understanding of China and Pakistan in economic and other vital areas. Read More »

Pakistan: Delusional Democracy

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has often been accused of protecting Asif Ali Zardari. (Photo courtesy Online)

Honesty and integrity is a zero-sum game that will not spare violation thereof by anyone, whoever and whatever he (or she) may be. The “Raheel Doctrine” is clear and unambiguous as it should be to save Pakistan from anarchy. Read More »

Pakistan: Change on the Balochistan Horizon?

Baloch militants have been waging a low-intensity war against the Pakistani state, targeting soft targets to carry forward their bloody campaign.

While the Pakistani government has scored serious tactical victories in its efforts to bring peace to the restive Baluchistan province, strategic success may still be elusive. Read More »

Pakistan: Spirits of 1965

A Pakistan Army tank participating in a military exercise. (Photo via ISPR)

Pakistan must take the Indian COAS Gen. Dalbir Singh’s threat of a “short, limited” war seriously and be prepared, even though war should be Islamabad’s last option. Read More »

Book Review: Cheegha — A Call from Waziristan


A fascinating account of life in one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Cheegha unlocks the many mysteries about North Waziristan and challenges the many perceptions about its people, culture, traditions and code of life. Read More »

Modi in a Muddle

Will Prime Minister Narendra  Modi follow in the foot steps of Atal Biahri Vajpayee? Only time will tell. (Photo by Global Panorama, Creative Commons License)

India must realize that it cannot expect to live in peace while the neighborhood remains embroiled in conflict. Pakistan’s stability depends on a stable Afghanistan. And the same is true for stability in India and the region. Read More »