Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Afghanistan
Afghanistan under Taliban: Beginning of a New Era?

Afghanistan under Taliban: Beginning of a New Era?

As western media and experts painted a horrifying picture of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US and NATO troops following the Doha Agreement signed on February 29, 2019, between the Taliban and the US, […]

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Afghanistan
Refugee Influx: Need to Learn from Past Experience

Refugee Influx: Need to Learn from Past Experience

The Fall of Kabul has created shockwaves in our region, and the risk is that there may be a much larger spillover if the Afghanistan situation further deteriorates. Washington did not expect the sudden […]

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Afghanistan
Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan: The Way Forward for Pakistan

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan: The Way Forward for Pakistan

The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul – with much-anticipated bloodshed being averted – has coincided with the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghan territory. Afghanistan for now may have managed to avoid a civil […]

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Iran
Prospects of Pak-Iran Relations under President Raisi’s Government

Prospects of Pak-Iran Relations under President Raisi’s Government

The presidency of Ebrahim Raisi holds multiple opportunities for Pak-Iran relations to flourish in the backdrop of changing regional apparatus. As the new regime in Kabul struggles to establish itself amid mounting challenges, Pak-Iran […]

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Afghanistan
The Need for Productive Engagement with New Afghan Government

The Need for Productive Engagement with New Afghan Government

“Politics is the art of the possible.” Bismarck’s (1815-1898) precepts about the possibilities in the political arena are widely quoted, and followed by political scientists. His dicta have withstood extremely challenging, and evolving international […]

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Afghanistan
How Corruption Aided Taliban’s Takeover

How Corruption Aided Taliban’s Takeover

While attempting to defend the haphazard withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, which ultimately hastened the chaos in the country, President Joe Biden said that: ‘our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to be […]

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Airforce
Youm-e-Fizaya: Recalling a Day of Victory & Preparing for the Future

Youm-e-Fizaya: Recalling a Day of Victory & Preparing for the Future

Every year, September 7 marks Air Force Day, commemorating the bravery of those who sacrificed their lives; and those who fought tooth and nail in the 1965 India-Pakistan War to keep the green and […]

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Airforce
Pakistan Air Force: A Force to Reckon With

Pakistan Air Force: A Force to Reckon With

The Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, laid out a direction to build Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as an “efficient air force, second to none.” The great visionary had clearly stated, “A country […]

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Defense
Economic Security: The Frontline of Defense

Economic Security: The Frontline of Defense

As we celebrate Defense Day, it is an important occasion to consider all pillars of national security. Economic security is the epicenter of Pakistan’s national security. According to Dr Moeed Yousaf, Pakistan’s National Security […]

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Airforce
Celebrating 56 Years of Resolve

Celebrating 56 Years of Resolve

Pakistan is commemorating its 56th Defence Day in remembrance of thwarting India’s sinister ambitions to wage war against us while offering unwavering political support to the self-determination struggle of our Kashmiri brethren in the […]

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Airforce
1965 War with India: PAF's Fearless Warriors in the Sky

1965 War with India: PAF's Fearless Warriors in the Sky

Evary year to those of us in Pakistan, September reminds of the finest techniques of air power employment and its role in the outcome of the 1965 war. The war was unique as it […]

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Defense
Defence Day: Drive towards Technology

Defence Day: Drive towards Technology

Pakistan’s Armed Forces proved themselves during the so-called surprise attack by India on Lahore in the 1965 War. They proved that even with limited manpower and resources, they could inflict humiliating defeat on the […]

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Airforce
Pakistan Air Force in the 1965 War – An Episode of Invincibility

Pakistan Air Force in the 1965 War – An Episode of Invincibility

“Superiority in numbers does not decide air battles; better training, morale, and above all, fighting spirit are the deciding factors.” Air Marshal Nur Khan The Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 was one of the major tests of […]

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Airforce
Role of Airpower in COIN Operations

Role of Airpower in COIN Operations

In the past, when it came to COIN or counterinsurgency, airpower was not seen as an ideal tool for operational success. The strategic nature of bombings advocated by traditional airpower theory and the lack of […]

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Afghanistan
Countering Dubious Indo-US Designs in Afghanistan

Countering Dubious Indo-US Designs in Afghanistan

The hasty US exit from Afghanistan is being criticized by friends and foes alike. Some are calling it a humiliating defeat after a 20-year war. Images of staff being airlifted from the roof of the […]

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India
Rivalries in the Indian Armed Forces

Rivalries in the Indian Armed Forces

The long turf war between Indian Armed Forces once again come to fore with General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff’s (CDS) remarks that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is required to provide air […]

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Global view
The US Value System

The US Value System

The United States has always emphasised on, and taken pride in its core values of freedom, equality, and justice. In the post-World War II scenario, the US also assumed the global leadership role for […]

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Cyber
Data Privacy and Data Protection: Regulation is Neither Far-fetched nor Impossible

Data Privacy and Data Protection: Regulation is Neither Far-fetched nor Impossible

The terms ‘data privacy’ and ‘data protection’ are used interchangeably, where data privacy is about who has authorised access to your data, and data protection relates to methods and policies regarding restricted access to […]

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Social Media
Social Media: A Weapon of Mass Manipulation

Social Media: A Weapon of Mass Manipulation

Information warfare is as old as the warfare itself. However, in the olden days, “information warfare included only fields such as misinformation, propaganda, and deception.” It has been successfully employed by all nations, perhaps […]

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Afghanistan
Why is China Stepping up Geopolitics in Afghanistan?

Why is China Stepping up Geopolitics in Afghanistan?

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul have revealed the interests of new foreign actors in the country. The withdrawal has reshaped regional dynamics in a manner that neighboring states have […]

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Afghanistan
The Economic Battle for Kabul

The Economic Battle for Kabul

The tumult of rapid regime change in Afghanistan has meant that a great deal of economic uncertainty looms large; and not just in the country itself, but also among its immediate neighbors. For example, […]

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Afghanistan
Victims of Wars in Afghanistan

Victims of Wars in Afghanistan

Russians quest for extending its frontiers towards south, and Britain’s attempt to expand British India towards north-west, has had an extremely adverse effect on Afghanistan’s history, development, and socio-cultural leanings. Without going too far […]

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Society
Identifying the Enemy Within!

Identifying the Enemy Within!

Chinese sage Sun Tzu laid great emphasis on knowing the enemy well so that it can be easily countered and defeated. Sun Tzu’s pronouncements reiterate that it is incumbent upon the state to correctly […]

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Afghanistan
The Fall of Kabul: A Public Value Perspective

The Fall of Kabul: A Public Value Perspective

There is a prominent theory in the public administration known as public value (PV) which, put simply, argues that politicians, bureaucrats, and civil society must work together to create value for the wider public, […]

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