December, 2017

  • 31 December

    Afghan Peace Challenge

    The year 2018 may further complicate the already tense relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, fears one analyst.

  • 21 December

    Yet Another Round of Optimism in Pak-Afghan Relations

    Whether Afghanistan’s present internal political polarization and external factors will permit any forward movement in its tricky relations with Pakistan is a huge question mark.

  • 19 December

    De-colonizing Education in Pakistan

    Much lip-service has been given to reforming Madrasahs without success. The sheer magnitude of an enormous increase can be seen by this simple statistic: only 7,000 Pakistani children attended Madrasahs 30 years ago as compared to closer to 2 million today even by conservative estimates.

  • 5 December

    Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

    With the world focused on the scary possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, not many people paid much attention to a series of naval exercises this past July in the Malacca Strait, a 550-mile long passage between Sumatra and Malaysia through which pass over 50,000 ships a year.   With President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …

  • 4 December

    Fault Lines Becoming Unbridgeable in US-Pakistan Relations

    Imtiaz Gul discusses the non-negotiable constants that underpin the Pakistani and American attitudes to each other and which are unlikely to change any time soon.

November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Is Gen Nicholson Chasing Mirage in Afghanistan?

    As long as the US remains disinclined to demonstrably leverage its relations with India for a matter-of-fact dialogue between the two south Asian neighbors, peace in Afghanistan will also remain a distant dream – no matter how much pressure Nicholson or his political bosses in Washington ratchet up on Pakistan, claims one Pakistani analyst.

  • 28 November

    Corruption Without Borders

    Facilitating illegal activities such as money-laundering and tax evasion, many of Pakistan’s laws prevent the authorities from taking meaningful action against the culprits. Mian Nawaz Sharif's indictment indicates a change may be in the offing but maybe it is too early for anyone to start celebrating.

  • 20 November

    Catastrophic Water Shortage Endangers Pakistan’s Future

    Pakistan is running out of time. To escape a dry future with disastrous consequences, it has to build new reservoirs and complete those under construction expeditiously, well before 2025

  • 19 November

    Combating The Enemy in Balochistan

    The Balochistan situation requires a smart strategic communications strategy, accompanied by good governance. A big challenge is to disprove the allegations of corruption within the ranks of law enforcement agencies.

  • 12 November

    Combating Corruption for Good Governance

    While accountability cannot happen overnight in Pakistan, things seems to be changing. The Supreme Court verdict explicitly damning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his recurring penchant for untruths and evading facts is most refreshing.