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2017

PAKISTAN’S AFGHAN POLICY, Past Present and the Future

PAKISTANS AFGHAN POLICY

Pakistan was thought of having abandoned its pro-Taliban policy in Afghanistan after becoming an ally in the US-led war on terror that was started in the wake of 9/11 incident. However, the unfolding of events during the recent years suggests that the country still has links with the Taliban despite being relentlessly subjected to scathing criticism by the US and ... Read More »

Limited Access Orders and Violence: Pakistan’s Development Dilemma

Limited Access Orders and Violence

“How can low- and middle-income societies improve the conditions of their people?” This question keeps continuously resonating around the world. There has been a growing strand of literature for answering problems of development in a new light. It emphasizes that in order to address the problem of development, we need to understand better the structure of economies and polities and ... Read More »

India’s Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

India's Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

Even in the absence of official confirmation from New Delhi, the speculation that India is considering a move from its no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons is most worrying. Such a potential move poses a serious threat to the entire region. The suggestion from some hawkish quarters in India that a change in posture will deter countries supporting violent non-state actors ... Read More »

Moscow Peace Talks & The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

Since its inauguration, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) has been facing a daunting challenge of terrorism that every now and then hits the country. Every time an attack takes place, calls for holding peace talks with Taliban are made by Afghan civil society and the parliamentarians. Although Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries and international community had promised to broker the talks and ... Read More »

Turkey after the Referendum, The Ongoing Challenges

Turkey after the Referendum

The referendum held in Turkey on April 16, 2017, to approve amendments to the constitution – in essence, transition from a parliamentary mode of government to a presidential system, with a limited set of checks and balances between the governing authorities – was staunchly promoted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As such, many saw the referendum as a vote ... Read More »