Pakistan’s New “Geoeconomics” Lawfare

March 09, 2021

Of late, statements from the highest level in Pakistan’s government have urged the global community to build a relationship with the country centered around “geoeconomic security.”  The new policy posture is aimed at the Biden administration, but it appears in equal proportion in...

Imran Khan Takes Over a Complicated Pakistan

August 17, 2018

Imran Khan, the incoming prime minister, is about to find out just how complicated the job can be. Criticism over Pakistani efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing is likely to complicate incoming Prime Minister Imran Khan’s goal of tackling the country’s financial crisis....

China Sees an Ally in Pakistan’s Imran Khan

July 31, 2018

Pakistan has a new prime minister-in-waiting, Imran Khan. Does China see him as a friend? Imran Khan’s ability to chart his own course, as well as his relationship with Pakistan’s powerful military, is likely to be tested the moment he walks into the prime minister’s office. Pakistan’s...

Raising the Bar for Democracy in Pakistan

July 22, 2018

As the elections inch closer, the bar needs to be raised for democracy in Pakistan and the expectations that come with it. Civilian leaders being pushed out of office is the norm in Pakistan. With the recent ouster and sentencing of Nawaz Sharif, it is the third time that the former prime...

Looking Behind the Political Violence in Baluchistan

April 27, 2018

Following attacks in Quetta, the question is whether Pakistan can implement a security policy that makes a break with its past policies. On April 24, militants targeted Pakistani security forces in twin attacks in the troubled province of Baluchistan. The suicide bombings cast a light on a...

Will the Real Pakistan Please Stand Up?

April 09, 2018

Is Pakistan advocating change with band aid solutions? Two recent news stories beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan please stand up? First, Pakistan’s The News reported that the government has designated Islamabad as a pilot...

Behind Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

September 05, 2017

Will Saudi Arabia’s Muslim coalition to fight terrorism succeed in its aim? The Saudi-led coalition to combat terrorism in the Muslim world — notwithstanding its diplomatic and economic bolstering by the Trump administration — will continue to persist as an extravagant delusion for several...

BRICS Statement Puts Pakistan on Alert

September 05, 2017

BRICS has potentially strengthened Donald Trump’s hand in tackling Pakistani support of militants. Pakistan, already furious and reeling from US President Donald Trump’s threat to sanction it for supporting militants, has been dealt a potential body blow out of left field. Five major...

Is Kashmir Reaching an Inflection Point?

August 19, 2017

After 70 years of independence, India is finally making headway against Pakistan in its proxy war on Kashmir. Kashmir is approaching an inflection point. The tide is turning with the relentless targeting of insurgents by Indian security forces. It is not merely the numbers that are impressive...

China Contributes to Doubts About Pakistani Crackdown on Militants

August 15, 2017

Treating men like Azhar and Saeed with kid gloves is unlikely to earn Pakistan any goodwill in Donald Trump’s Washington. China, at the behest of Pakistan, has for the second time this year prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated...

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