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A self-imposed dilemma

After the Taliban takeover in 2021, the new rulers wished to adopt a foreign policy of neutrality and promote Afghanistan as a hub of interconnectivity for trade with neighbouring states.…

Shifting sands

There is no globally agreed definition of the term ‘smaller states’ in international affairs. While it generally refers to those states that have a small geographical size and economy and…

India’s election ploys

With the 18th Lok Sabha elections in India in full swing, the country’s political parties have relied on rigorous campaigning to expand their voter bank. Prior to the last Lok…

Pakistan’s grand strategy

Pakistan’s institutions and policymakers, with some rare exceptions here and there, are prone to think and act tactically when dealing with major national issues instead of deliberating and planning in…

Terror rising

Terrorism has become a complicated problem worldwide, and in recent years, state-sponsored terrorism has become a major worry. Incidents like the 9/11 attacks have highlighted the frequency of activities carried…

Prospects for peace?

The Kashmir conundrum is so intensely related to Pakistan-India relations that even a small incident draws the attention of at least one side. For instance, in December last year, Pakistan…

Pipeline for peace

Pakistan has taken a vital decision regarding the Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline project, which has been stalled for decades. According to media reports, the caretaker federal cabinet committee has approved the…

India’s state of paranoia

India’s political leadership has always remained cognizant of the significance of the majority Hindu vote. This often shapes the electoral process in India and political forces evolve their respective manifestos…