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Strategic pullback

Budget season’ is a good time for a critical reflection on Pakistan’s current economic challenges and future prospects. Our fiscal budget is constrained by broader political and economic forces, both…

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…

The dubious national interest

GEN Pervez Musharraf was returning from a strategic meeting in Colombo when Nawaz Sharif overplayed his hand. He interdicted the army chief’s flight, and set off a chain of events…

Need for a strategic pause

AN inflection point seems to have been reached in the country’s politics that could propel the country into uncharted territory with uncertain consequences for its stability. The confrontation between the…

Strategic thinking

MANY of us remember the all too familiar question from our childhood days: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Clichéd as it may be, it was…

Strategic shift?

WITH the geopolitical landscape of our region changing fast, many optimists say they are able to see a shift in Pakistan’s geostrategic approach. Some believe this shift is largely oriented…

Strategic Windfall

Strategic windfall

Donald Trump and Imran Khan have us all in a spin. What seemed to be an expedient meet-up without associated diplomatic frenzy or driven by an urgent geopolitical development has…

Strategic economic reform

WITH Saudi Arabia’s help, the scope for adopting strategic approaches to economic reform independent of IMF has increased. Towards clarifying these, this article makes five points. One, that the budget…

Strategic coercion through hybrid warfare

Hybrid attacks against Pakistan across a broad front are focused mainly on Balochistan, the former Fata region, Swat and Gilgit-Baltistan. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) gets very special attention. In…

A Strategic Shift

A strategic shift

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has outlined a new American policy whereby countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the main focus of America’s national…