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John Kerry And $1.5 Billion

John Kerry and $1.5 billion

John Kerry, of the Kerry-Lugar fame that envisages the release of around 1.5 billion dollars per annum to Pakistan for the next five years, has written a letter to Richard…

Zarif, Kerry And 10 US Sailors

Zarif, Kerry and 10 US sailors

According to reports, Iran has detained 10 US sailors after two small patrol boats “drifted into Iranian waters in the Gulf,” US officials say. These reports further add: “The Riverine…

The Kerry Visit

The Kerry visit

The oft-postponed visit by Secretary John Kerry had been eagerly awaited in Islamabad. According to the pre-arrival briefing provided by State Department officials to the press team which was accompanying…

A hard sell in DC

After an extensive policy review, the Biden Administration has begun the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan. Pakistan had hoped that the conclusion of the endgame might alter the…

The need for strategic clarity

The year 2021 has brought forward many challenges (and opportunities) for Pakistan. The culmination of the Afghan Peace Process where Pakistan has played a pivotal role, head-on big power competition…

Trump vs Biden

US President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations and the steps he has taken so far prove that he has a full understanding of the nature, volume and solution of the problems…

Pardon my pardons

THE next time any American preaches to you about democracy, whisper one word in reply: Trump. Whenever any American talks to you condescendingly about the quality of justice and the…

Resetting Pakistan-US relations

Pakistan’s relationship with the Biden Administration has not gotten off to a very good start. Pakistanis that were appalled by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the acquittal of the…

Democracy moves along

On December 14, the US Electoral College cast their votes. As expected, Joe Biden received 306 votes against Donald Trump's 232. While this is not news, Trump's obstinate refusal to…

Preparing for President Biden

“Pakistan is fifty times more important to the United States, than Afghanistan”, Joe Biden to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, January 2009. How can Pakistan best prepare for a Biden…