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The Security Challenge

The security challenge

Economic interdependence between nations is a reality of today. Even countries like the US or China are not totally self-reliant. An economic shock in one region sends waves throughout the…

Pak-US Mistrust: A Reminder

Pak-US mistrust: a reminder

Last week, top secret details about America’s intelligence expenditure were made public as part of the leaks by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The leaked “black budget” has never…

Vision And Grit

Vision and grit

After two months of reticence on his government’s policies, Nawaz has been doing a lot of talking of late, both on the economy – which he considers to have been…

A plan at last

The federal interior minister’s excellent initiative for reinvigorating the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) is most welcome as is the concept of a National Intelligence Secretariat. Nacta has been mostly dormant,…

The illusion of a ‘reset’

Kerry’s visit on August 1 was the first by a US secretary of state to Pakistan after nearly two years. The last one, by Hillary Clinton in October 2011, had…

Karzai And Afghan Reality

Karzai and Afghan reality

President Karzai’s visit to Islamabad was intended primarily to seek Pakistan’s cooperation in getting the Afghan peace talks back on track but with a difference. The resistance must agree to…

LoC Under Spotlight

LoC under spotlight

During January and February this year, skirmishes between the border security forces of India and Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir resulted cost the lives of six…

The Karzai Visit

The Karzai visit

Sections of the Western media had been reporting that even though formally suspended talks on the US-Afghan bilateral security agreement had continued informally, agreement had been reached on a single…

Mistaken Priorities

Mistaken priorities

Nawaz Sharif’s long-promised address to the nation last Monday, his first after being elected prime minister, had been in the works for more than two months. No one had thought…

The Internal Crisis

The internal crisis

The annual survey of ‘failed states’ covering 2012 has just appeared in Foreign Policy. Using data on elements such as ‘demographic pressures’, ‘refugees’, ‘public services’, ‘economic decline’, ‘factionalised elites’, ‘security…