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Power transition in Afghanistan : challenges ahead
The recent democratic power transfer in Kabul is a major milestone in Afghanistan’s constitutional development. However, escalating Taliban attacks, slowing economic growth and weak Afghan security forces are some of the ...
Afghan Taliban’s IS dilemma
Islamic State’s (IS) growing influence in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region coupled with the pressure on the Afghan Taliban to reconcile with Kabul has put the Taliban leadership in a quandary. A political compromise with ...
The endgame in Afghanistan : Pakistan's perspective and policy
The Afghanistan conflict is approaching its final and most critical phase, which offers challenges and opportunities to put the peace process on a right track. In this endgame Pakistan’s Afghan policy sees reintegration ...
Pakistan & the Yemen war : perils of joining the Saudi-led coalition
Saudi Arabia’s demand to Pakistan to join its coalition against the Houthi uprising in Yemen has put Islamabad in a catch-22 situation. Pakistan is caught between joining the Saudi alliance and not antagonising its neighbour ...
The Lahore attack: limits of Pakistan's counter-terrorism policy
The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive ...
Pakistan's year of transition
Pakistan is passing through a critical transition in its history. The forthcoming changes of top political, military and judicial leaderships and holding of parliamentary elections make 2013 an important year for Pakistan.
Pakistan's 2013 elections : a milestone, but fragile democracy
The May 2013 election is going to be a milestone in Pakistan's political and consitutional history. It will decide the direction of Pakistan's political system - whether towards enduring democracy or continued instability.
Pakistan's home-grown terrorism threat : war beyond 2014
The upsurge in terrorist violence in Pakistan this month indicates the trajectory of its home-grown terrorism by Islamist insurgents well beyond 2014. Besides a strong military response to win the fight against militants, ...