Saman Ayesha Kidwai

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  • Ms Saman Ayesha Kidwai is Research Analyst at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

    Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History

    Balochistan is one of the most restive areas in Pakistan that has endured systematic and extraordinary suppression at the hands of the Pakistani State and its security forces. The Baloch form a distinct ethno-national identity, and dream of creating a Baloch nation-state, but this runs contrary to the overarching Pakistani identity and State, attracting their fury. The Baloch have struggled for decades for international recognition of their plight but have hardly received any support.

    September 2022

    Escalating Tensions between Pakistan and the Taliban

    Border clashes and failure to act against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have led to rising tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    December 09, 2022

    Delhi Declaration: Assessing Outcomes of UNSC CTC’s Special Meeting

    The principles encompassing the Delhi Declaration reiterate that India’s core security concerns broadly resonate with the members of the UNSC.

    November 16, 2022

    Rivalry Between the Taliban and ISKP: The Collision of Terror

    October 20, 2022

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Saman Ayesha Kidwai’s research article ‘Rivalry between the Taliban and ISKP: The Collision of Terror’ has been published in India Quarterly Journal on 20 October 2022.

    Threat of Radicalisation in Syria’s ISIS Prisons

    Concerns of radicalisation in SDF-run facilities in Syria remain high, given that reports flag corruption, crime, and deplorable security conditions at these camps.

    October 18, 2022

    Narco-Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir

    Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has witnessed a 2000 per cent surge in heroin-related drug seizures between 2017 and 2022, with significant national security and societal consequences.

    September 12, 2022

    US Drone Strike on Al-Zawahiri: Significance and Implications

    The strike against Zawahiri is being hailed as a vindication of the US’s ‘over-the-horizon’ strategy in eradicating terrorism without placing boots on the ground.

    August 16, 2022

    Role of Women in Terrorism in Africa

    Women play active roles in sustaining and facilitating extremist activities on the African continent.

    July 15, 2022

    The ideological and Non-ideological Underpinnings of Violent Extremism: An American Study

    July 14, 2022

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Saman Ayesha Kidwai’s article ‘The ideological and non-ideological underpinnings of violent extremism: An American study’ has been published in Modern Diplomacy, on 14 July 2022.

    Although there is no universal definition of violent extremism, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation believes it to be “the beliefs and actions of people who support or use violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals,” including “terrorism and other forms of politically motivated violence”, says Ms Kidwai.