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No Ordinary Women

No ordinary women

Like any other human being, I am prone to many weaknesses. On the canvas of public discourse in Pakistan, there are big names. They are big because they regularly write…

Negotiation US Style

Negotiation US style

Like individuals, nations have a style, an attitude and an outlook. They are reflected most strikingly in the style of their diplomacy. Our region is at a crossroads today. Afghanistan…

Beyond Empty Sound Bites

Beyond empty sound bites

Politics and diplomacy is a tough business, and the use of catchy sound bites is its modern currency, particularly in the media savvy US. In keeping with this trend, Pakistan’s…

Confronting China

Confronting China

For years I have suspected that in Washington there is an influential organization which could be called the ‘US Agency for Disruption of International Diplomacy’. It appears to have the…

Pak-US Ties In 2012

Pak-US ties in 2012

A series of crises in 2011 set the tone for US-Pakistan interaction in 2012; these included Raymond Davis’ shooting of two Pakistanis and Bin Laden’s killing. However, it was the…

Security Summitry

Security summitry

The Shangri La Dialogue has established itself as the premier inter-government security summit in the Asia-Pacific offering a unique opportunity for high-profile defence diplomacy. Named after its venue, the tenth…

Diplomatic Language, Not So Diplomatic

Diplomatic language, not so diplomatic

In the eyes of the public, diplomacy conjures up the image of dignitaries offering polite handshakes accompanied by kind words and smiles at fancy photo-ops. Once diplomats go behind closed…

Hard And Soft Power

Hard and soft power

National security strategy seeks to maintain the survival of the nation-state through use of economic, military and political power and exercise of diplomacy. An effective national security system (1) translates…

We’re Isolated?

We’re isolated?

In the world of Pakistani diplomacy, if there is no statement from Washington in six months praising Pakistan, then this means “international” isolation? In the real world, however, Pakistan did…

Game

Game

In diplomacy, when you are surprised by something it is because you have either been sleeping or have failed to make the correct assessment. So it is with Pakistan’s reaction…