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Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

Pakistan's Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

By: Asfand Yar Bhutto An overview of Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine Since the start of its nuclear weapons programme, particularly nuclear tests of May 1998, Pakistan has not come up officially with its nuclear use doctrine. However, No First Use (NFU) policy has remained deeply rooted in its nuclear deterrence assumptions with the objective to make the deterrence more credible ... Read More »

THE GEOECONOMIC World Order

THE GEOECONOMIC World Order

A New Stage in US-China Rivalry? We appear to be entering into a new geoeconomic world order, characterized by great power rivalry between the United States and China, and the clear use of economic tools to achieve strategic objectives. This increased convergence of economic and security thinking as well as strategies thereby is likely to lead to a significant restructuring ... Read More »

End of the Landmark INF Treaty

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A new Cold War in the offing?  On October 20, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, announced that he would withdraw his country from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Trump’s sudden decision follows a years-long US-Russian dispute about whether Moscow has developed and deployed a prohibited missile, known by its apparent Russian designation 9M729. President Trump ... Read More »

Downward Spiral of US-Russia Relations

Downward Spiral of US-Russia Relations

Why the relations between Cold War rivals are deteriorating? The relationship between the two Cold War rivals – the United States and Russia – has plunged to a new low, following the imposition of sanctions on Russia, and expulsion of its nearly 60 diplomats from the United States, and over 30 of those from across Europe, as well as closure ... Read More »

The Cold War Redux

The Cold War Redux

Does expulsion of diplomats threaten the world peace? “I think we are coming to a situation that is similar, to a large extent, to what we lived during the Cold War … I am very concerned about the lack of mechanisms to defuse tensions, such as special channels for information-sharing between Washington and Moscow, which were dismantled with the end ... Read More »

Who Will Win the New Great Game?

Who Will Win the New Great Game?

HAMBURG, Germany — To claim we are living through a new Cold War is both an understatement and a category mistake. The 20th-century face-off between the Communist East and the Capitalist West was, ideology aside, about two superpowers trying to contain each other. The global conflict of today is far less static. What we are witnessing instead is a new ... Read More »

How the Human Rights Movement Failed

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The human rights movement, like the world it monitors, is in crisis: After decades of gains, nearly every country seems to be backsliding. Viktor Orban in Hungary, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and other populist leaders routinely express contempt for human rights and their defenders. But from the biggest watchdogs to monitors at the United Nations, the human rights movement, ... Read More »

Venturing peace in Korean Peninsula

Venturing peace in Korean Peninsula

SOME new peace developments are seen marking in the Korean Peninsula. Kim Jong-un is believed to have been the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory (on April 27) since the end of the Korean War in 1953. The historic summit— between the two Korean heads, Kim John- un of N Korea and Moon Jae of S ... Read More »

Erosion of US Soft Power

Erosion of US Soft Power

By: Hira Batool As the world’s only superpower, the US is internationally acknowledged to play a leadership role in four main fields: technology, military, finance and soft power. Yet a controversial change is taking place as US establishment forces worry about the country’s soft power. They think the presidency of Donald Trump has eroded US soft power. Harvard Professor Joseph ... Read More »

The Faltering International Security System

The Faltering International Security System

A Big Failure of the United Nations? The happenings and developments in the contemporary international order suggest that the collective security system that was established through the United Nations Charter has failed to protect international peace and security. The Aleppo tragedy of 2017 and the mayhem throughout Syria at present bear the biggest proof of this failure. The situation around ... Read More »