July 22, 2017

The Mirage of India-Pakistan Dialogue

This is the second time in a year that the peace talks between the two sides have collapsed. (Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, Creative Commons License)

The collapse of talks between Pakistan and India is a bad omen for peace in South Asia. It can push the world's most militarized region closer to a new military standoff. Read More »

Targeting White Collar Crime

(Photo by Chris Potter, Creative Commons License)

Terrorism can only be eliminated by targeting the nexus between politicians, corruption and organized crime. Read More »

Pakistan: Counter-terrorism Lessons

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The lesson from the assassination of Pakistani Punjab province home minister Shuja Khanzada must be clear – terrorists are out to exact revenge. Their handlers will always find foot soldiers to go after high-profile terror-hunters. It means the SOPs on security for such people must be strictly enforced. Read More »

Beyond Russian Attack Helicopters Sale to Pakistan

MI-35 will enhance Pakistan's counter-terrorism capabilities.

Pakistan's acquisition of advanced Russian MI-35 attack helicopters is a significant shift in Moscow's policy towards the South Asian nation. Islamabad is also purchasing Viper platforms from the US besides actively considering to acquire advanced Z-10 combat helicopters from China. Read More »

India-UAE ‘Strategic Partnership’ and Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. (Photo via video stream)

The new warmth in India-UAE relations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai may have regional implications. Read More »

What Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Mean for South Asia?

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj ahead of a meeting in New Delhi during his recent India yatra. (Photo via video stream)

The Iran nuclear deal has unveiled new dynamics for South Asia and the Middle East with fundamental implications for the regional balance of power as well as India and Pakistan’s engagement with Iran. Read More »

Pakistan: The Doctrine of Necessity

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For the justice delivered by military courts to have credibility, Pakistan’s military must submit themselves to self-accountability. Read More »

Pakistan: Life in a Desert

Thar desert, Pakistan. (Photo by Ellma Shaikh, via Pinterest)

Tharparkar district in Pakistan suffers from a man-made disaster that stems from government apathy. Read More »

Afghan Peace Talks: Pakistan in a Quandary – Again

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With its peace plan stalled, Islamabad is wary of ‘spoilers and detractors’ in Afghanistan. Read More »

Strengthening Pakistan’s Accountability Mechanism


Pakistan’s accountability establishment needs to concentrate most of its capabilities as per its original mandate to go after those looting the banks, both within and outside the banks. Read More »