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AFGHANISTAN A NEW VIETNAM?

  • Jamal Hussain
  • Mar, 2018
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Does History Repeat itself or Does it Often Rhyme?

“History repeats itself,” the original adage was reportedly modified by Mark Twain to read “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” A case study and comparison of events of the American Vietnam War of the previous century and the current ongoing Afghanistan War should indicate which of the two statements is more accu...


AMERICA FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

  • Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
  • Feb, 2018
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COLLUSION OR A COLLISION

The US National Security Strategy under President Trump just hit the ground. It pledges revitalization of the American economy, rebuilding of its military, defending its borders, protecting its sovereignty, and advancing American values. During the first year of Trump in Office, we witnessed his 'America First' foreign policy in action. Successful national s...


PAK-US RELATIONS AT A TIPPING POINT

  • General (R) Mirza Aslam Beg
  • Feb, 2018
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"Trump is a man-baby, a failed businessman who lurches from tantrum to tweet storm and back again, who shows no impulse control, who won't take responsibility for his actions, and who whines — a lot — when things don't go his way." —Susan Campbell (American Scholar)

Pakistan has been a trusted ally of USA since the 1950’s – a period of six decades. During this period Pakistan s...


US-PAKISTAN MILITARY ALLIANCES: LESSONS FOR USA

  • Jamal Hussain
  • Feb, 2018
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The US administration has been conditioned to exploit the weaknesses in Pakistani leadership that allowed USA to forge military relationship with the latter that overwhelmingly favoured the former

Introduction

The history of Pakistan – USA military alliances goes back to 1954 when as a member of CENTO and SEATO Pakistan became eligible for military assista...


SHIFTING OF CAPITAL FAIT ACCOMPLI OR FAUX PAS?

  • Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
  • Jan, 2018
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Taking such a bold step in foreign policy of the country and ignoring the UN is a move to shake the foundations of the global body

The US policy towards Middle East has always been with some ups and downs. Middle East has been volatile region due to disputed territory of Palestine. The Palestinians and Israelis are hardliners and not ready to move an inch from their standpoint. Both ...


PAK-SAUDI RELATIONS FUTURE OUTLOOK

  • KHAN HASHAM BIN SADDIQUE
  • Nov, 2017
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The custodian of two holy mosques His majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and the leadership in Pakistan continue to make untiring efforts to promote peace and stability across the world in general and the region in particular

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are arguably two of the most important Islamic countries both in global and regional contexts. We are living in challenging times as t...


ELUSIVE PEACE & A NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE: ETHNIC CLEANSING OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS

  • Dr Saad S. Khan
  • Oct, 2017
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Nobel Peace Prize is the highest recognition of an individual’s struggle for Peace. To date 26, heads of state or government have received this honor; 14 of them were serving as President or Prime Minister when they were awarded the Prize, while six had retired as such when the Prize was announced for them. Another six such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Lech Walesa of Poland became President...


BELIEFS, MORALITY, VALUES A DILEMMA OF PAKISTANI STATE

  • Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan
  • Sep, 2017
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Political parties are dragging on morality issues to subtract social legitimacy from each other's vote bank by challenging the moral credentials of their political rivals

The history of human societies is full of conflicts. Men have made comparatively but little progress in solving the problem of their aggregate existence. Each century originates a new complexity and each new generatio...


UMPIRE’S FINGER RAISED AT LAST

  • Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan
  • Aug, 2017
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The Supreme Court’s much awaited verdict is out; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with family is clean bowled. Since 2013, when the PML (N) government came into power, the regime received several blows, survived each time miraculously—this time the regime survived too but at the cost of Nawaz family. It sounds as if it is an end of a political dynasty that started making fortune in national politics si...


Qatar and the Shakespearean Drama: Unraveling the Islamic Military Alliance

  • Dr Saad S. Khan
  • July, 2017
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Frictions between Qatar and its Saudi-led Arab neighbors were simmering for two decades over the former's fiercelyindependent media empire a.k.a Al Jazeera network

The siege of Qatar—a tiny Arab emirate in the Gulf— started unfolding early on the dawn of June 5, 2017, when apparently out of the blue, five Arab countries, notably Saudi Arabia and Egypt, announced a number of measure...


Pakistan Hosting ECO, Denying Isolation

  • Dr. Zafar Jaspal
  • Apr, 2017
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The ECO has embarked on several projects in priority sectors of its cooperation including energy, trade, transportation, agriculture and drug control

Pakistan successfully held the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization Summit on March 1, 2017. The theme of the summit was "Connectivity for Regional Prosperity." The theme of the summit is replica of...


PAKISTANS TRUMP CARDS FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES IN 2017

  • Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
  • Feb, 2017
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Pakistan deserves a foreign policy based on pragmatism and facts. Security, economy, normalization of relations with key countries and countering its enemies must be robust for a brighter and prosperous Pakistan

There are six basic factors that will sway Pakistan’s foreign policy in the year 2017. Prominent amongst these is the Indian foreign policy more aggressive under PM Modi toward...


THE ERA OF UNCERTAINTY AHEAD

  • Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan
  • Jan, 2017
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A political commentary upon the turns of events which changed the face of international politics and led to the Brexit and victory of Donald Trump

Every era is distinguished with others due to it distinct character and events taking place in it. Ours is the special due to transition from globalization to an era whose primary features are unknown to us — being hidden in the mist of fut...


Trump`s New Foreign Policy Agenda towards South Asia: Need for a Pragmatic Approach

  • Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
  • Dec, 2016
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In recent US presidential elections, Donald Trump has emerged as a victorious man. His pronouncements during election campaign were weird, very emotional as well as very unrealistic. His foreign policy agenda is very faulty and is based on fault lines. However, with government comes responsibility. One can see a sharp contrast in Trump’s attitude during election campaign and his victory speech. Just af...


Oil Conflicts and the future of Saudi Arabia

  • Dr Saad S. Khan
  • Nov, 2016
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How influential is Saudi Arabia in influencing oil prices and why would it want a lower oil price, when the 90% of its revenues depend on crude oil?

It was just over a decade ago that the Hollywood movie “Syrianna” depicting a story of oil, politics and greed in a fictitious Kingdom in the Middle East swamped Box offices across the globe. That reality would soon follow the fiction, h...


Indo-US Strategic Engagement

  • Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
  • Oct, 2016
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This strategic partnership is visible in all the aspects of the bilateral relationship and is noticeable in the New Framework for the Defense Agreement

One of the most striking features of US and Indian foreign policy during the last decade has been their strategic engagement with each other. Today, these estranged democracies of the Cold War era have become engaged democracies. Both h...


Militarization of Space

  • Dr. Zafar Jaspal
  • Sep, 2016
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The military utilization of space is now expanding globally, with various European countries, China, India and others, also devoting energy to acquire military satellites and dual-use satellites

Significance of space has been increasing immensely for commercial, scientific, technical, navigational, surveillance and economic activities. The satellites were originally launched by the Uni...


Budget 2016-2017 The Business As Usual

  • Saleem Shahab
  • July, 2016
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In its spirit, the budget 2016-17 is agri-focused with an aim to meet the growth target.

The Federal Budget 2016-17 amounting to Rs 4.394 trillion, with 7.3 percent increase over the previous year, presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was 68th in the history of Pakistan. The growth target for the next financial year has been set at 5.7 percent. The increase in defense budget is ...


National Drama Old Script With New Players ?

  • Saleem Shahab
  • June, 2016
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Accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan. Pakistan's Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort made in that direction.

The current scene of Pakistan is prolific of all the melodramatic elements, typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions. Every new development is adding suspense, thrill and excitement...


Bokoharam, Another Menace For World Peace?

  • Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan
  • May, 2016
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Bokoharam threatens the countries by using “Fear” as its prime tool at a time when the dream of world peace has already been shattered by the ISIS and the ilk, the rise of Bokoharam in Nigeria is a growing concern for every peace-loving person of the world in general and the Muslim countries in particular. The western media is conscious of the political developments in Nigeria and is questioning: Is ano...