August, 2017

  • 15 August

    Pakistan Needs Whole-of-government Approach

    Beijing has literally pulled Pakistan out of a generally hostile international environment through the CPEC.

  • 13 August

    McCain’s Formula for Success in Afghanistan

    Senator John McCain's proposed measures as Afghan strategy can be helpful to some extent, but there is no guarantee they will turn the tide in Afghanistan.

July, 2017

  • 24 July

    Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm

    Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Doctam’s wringing denunciation of the government, of which he is part and parcel, indicates the gathering political storm in Kabul. The looming crisis could pose a formidable challenge to Ashraf Ghani’s government whose constitutionality has come under a cloud.

  • 24 July

    US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

    It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst.

  • 12 July

    Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

    Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated.

June, 2017

  • 21 June

    Afghanistan: Beset by Geo-Politics

    As the Trump administration ponders raising troops level in Afghanistan to stabilize its security environment, one Pakistani analyst digs into the complex issues and conflicting interests of regional and international players in the war-torn country that remain continue to be part of Afghan problem.

  • 12 June

    Mr. Ghani’s Anger

    Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed.

  • 1 June

    Clouds of Third Afghan War?

    Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace.

May, 2017

  • 29 May

    Keeping Politics Out of Business

    Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics.

  • 27 May

    Can India be a Game Changer in Afghanistan?

    India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington in which the US provides the military support necessary to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and eventually brings the insurgency to the negotiating table. But in the broader picture, New Delhi’s margins of maneuver are slowly but surely diminishing. Karzai needs to take realities into account when he next makes political calculations.