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Pakistan, Masood Azhar and Terrorism

May 15, 2017

The revival of Jaish indicates that Pakistan will continue to utilise terrorism as an instrument to advance its geo-strategic agenda in South Asia.

Economic Sanctions as an Option to Fight Pakistan Sponsored Terrorism

April 2017

Nuclearisation of the Indian subcontinent limits conventional military options available to India for punishing Pakistan’s employment of terrorism as a tool of state policy. While India has rightly balanced the use of diplomatic and limited military means over a period of time, even as these remain relevant, the option of economic sanctions deserves deeper analysis for its efficacy and impact. Economic measures can be undertaken both in the form of direct and indirect actions against a target country, individual or an organisation with varied degrees of impact.

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad: Timely, but Unlikely to Succeed

March 17, 2017

Will the Pakistani civilian leadership cease to placate the Islamist forces for their own electoral gain? Will the Army rein in the jihadis it has been using to retain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan?

Pakistan’s NSG Application

June 21, 2016
Pakistan’s NSG Application

There is no documentary evidence to substantiate the Pakistani claim that Pakistan had entered into any voluntary safeguards agreement with the IAEA in respect of KANUPP.

Dams as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: Geopolitical Implications for Pakistan

November 2015

Pakistani planners are increasingly prone to recognize the many links between water, food, and energy security. The construction of new large dams is seen by many as a concrete measure to achieve resource security for Pakistani for a future marked by climactic variability and unpredictability. This article explores the geopolitical and political geographic implications of Pakistan’s strategic vision of building dams as a way to prepare for climate change.

Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Deconstructing India’s Doctrinal Response

November 2015

The military and scientific leadership of Pakistan has given clear signals that tactical nuclear weapons have a vital role in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons policy. Developed to lower Pakistan’s nuclear threshold, these weapons may further deter India from launching a conventional strike to punish Pakistan for its sub-conventional war against India. This has led to a debate on the possible doctrinal responses that India could adopt to counter Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons.

China-Russia Naval Ties and the Balance of Maritime Power in Asia

August 27, 2015
China-Russia Naval Ties and the Balance of Maritime Power in Asia

A growing Sino-Russian-Pakistani maritime nexus in the IOR poses a challenge to India’s influence in the Indian Ocean and heralds a potential change in the Asian balance of maritime power.

Diamer Bhasha Dam Stuck in the Funding Trap

March 03, 2015
Diamer Bhasha Dam Stuck in the Funding Trap

ADB’s yet another deferment of the decision on funding the DBD is a serious setback to Pakistan’s relentless efforts to obtain funds for constructing this mega hydro-power project on River Indus.

Nawaz wins this round as army loses plot

September 05, 2014
Nawaz wins this round as army loses plot

If Nawaz Sharif now plays his cards well - improves governance, makes his politics more responsive and inclusive, reaches out to opposition and his constituency, doesn’t remain aloof and keeps the parliament and political parties as his back – he could well change the power equations for good.

Military Courts in Pakistan: A Soft Coup by the Pakistan Army?

January 14, 2015
Military Courts in Pakistan: A Soft Coup by the Pakistan Army?

Why is the Pakistan military pushing for Military Courts when the country already has a fairly robust Anti Terrorism Act together with designated Anti Terrorism Courts set up specifically to try terrorism related offences?

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