Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Defense
How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

A seemingly small but significant incident has served a timely warning to the United States that it should neither over-estimate Indian security commitment against China nor neglect the ultimate and longstanding Indian ambition of […]

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National Narrative
Economic Security within National Security

Economic Security within National Security

The first Islamabad Security Dialogue (ISD) was conducted in mid-March 2021 with the aim of drawing upon national and international thought-leaders to discuss how Pakistan’s national security calculus should more accurately reflect the nation’s […]

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Global view
Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

In many nations, the narratives around the notion of “national security” have evolved over a passage of time in many countries. Although early scholars of warfare such as Sun Tzu did highlight the importance […]

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Airforce
Proliferation of Drone Technology in the Middle East

Proliferation of Drone Technology in the Middle East

The Middle East holds great importance due to its geopolitical position. The region has been embroiled in conflicts for a long time. The presence of oil, conflicting interests of major powers and the sectarian […]

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Society
Social Protection, the Ehsaas Program and Pakistan’s Security Framework

Social Protection, the Ehsaas Program and Pakistan’s Security Framework

The first ever national security dialogue of Pakistan, the Islamabad Security Dialogue, while laying out a new strategic framework for the country underscored that human security and economic security were at the core of […]

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India
BJP Rule and its Impact on Indian Society

BJP Rule and its Impact on Indian Society

A nation’s success is determined on various indicators, including GDP; however, GDP is no longer the most effective measure with new metrics in play. Another indicator that defines a nation’s success is the policies that the government […]

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Regional security/Region
The United States: A Bystander, Balancer or Peace Broker in Future India-Pakistan Relations?

The United States: A Bystander, Balancer or Peace Broker in Future India-Pakistan Relations?

Despite the recent ceasefire along the Line of Control, the prospects of improved Pakistan-India relations remain bleak and uncertain. This pessimistic situation has been created by India itself in recent years when New Delhi […]

142 views

India
Modi’s Peace Overture: Genuine or a Trojan Horse?

Modi’s Peace Overture: Genuine or a Trojan Horse?

The recent thawing of relationship between the two bitter rivals in South Asia should be welcomed by the international community and a majority of the citizens on either side of the divide. That the […]

186 views

Environment
The Cowboys of Climate

The Cowboys of Climate

In what is being seen as a major White House initiative to bring countries back together on issues of climate change, the Biden administration has released a list of 40 countries that will serve […]

198 views

Nuclear
The Importance of a Nuclear Security Culture

The Importance of a Nuclear Security Culture

As demand for nuclear energy increase, many states are developing long-term plans for production and consumption. But as research and development expands, for example of small modular reactors, can these states ensure a reliable […]

132 views

Government & Politics
Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and The New World Order

Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and The New World Order

The Post-World War II world order is in flux because the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia has worried the United States which has resultantly provoked Beijing and antagonized Moscow. This has accelerated […]

243 views

International Economy
On Central Bank Independence

On Central Bank Independence

The notion of central bank independence (CBI) is both sensitive and complex, driven not just by a local economic context but by larger international "conventional wisdom" on what monetary authorities should do. In Pakistan, […]

175 views

Regional security/Region
The US-Indo Pacific Shift: Opportunities for Pakistan

The US-Indo Pacific Shift: Opportunities for Pakistan

The United States (U.S) National Defense Strategy of 2018 issued under the Trump administration states that the "failure to meet … defense objectives will result in decreasing U.S. global influence, eroding cohesion among allies […]

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National Narrative
Democratising the Security Debate

Democratising the Security Debate

The Islamabad Security Dialogue concluded last week has stirred a dynamic debate on the country’s future security outlook. The dialogue hosted by the National Security Division (NSD) involved five leading think tanks which are […]

201 views

India
What Our Elders Knew

What Our Elders Knew

The flame of hatred towards the Mussalman has long simmered in India. It has always radiated intensely in the backdrop of Indian society, as structural violence and systemic discrimination. At times, however, it has […]

300 views

International Economy
BRI and the QUAD Plus: Emerging Avenues for Regional Development

BRI and the QUAD Plus: Emerging Avenues for Regional Development

South Asia, Southwest Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa rank among the least developed regions of the world. With abysmally low scores on the Human Development Index (HDI), these regions are investment-starved and have poorly developed […]

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Regional security/Region
Revisiting Balakot Lessons

Revisiting Balakot Lessons

The air skirmish between Pakistan and India on February 26-27, 2019 following a suicide attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama two weeks earlier was a watershed moment in an already […]

244 views

International Economy
The Big Bazooka

The Big Bazooka

Amidst the full swing of contagion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, argued that her institution should wield a “big bazooka.” By using this expression, she sought to […]

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Global view
پاکستان کا امریکہ-چین سے تعلقات میں توازن

پاکستان کا امریکہ-چین سے تعلقات میں توازن

جیسا کہ چین امریکہ تعلقات میں ابتری کے اثرات جنوبی ایشیاء پر منڈلانا شروع ہوچکے ہیں، پاکستان کو پھونک پھونک کے قدم رکھنے کی ضرورت ہوگی۔ چین امریکہ تعلقات کی کشیدہ نوعیت اوربھارت سے […]

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Domestic Economy
CPEC: The Second Phase

CPEC: The Second Phase

Over the past few years, people of Pakistan are very enthusiastic to materialize the $60 Billion investment that is believed to be a game changer for both Pakistan and the region. It is worth […]

215 views

Human Rights
 A Partnership for the Cure

A Partnership for the Cure

In the global vaccine drive against Covid-19, which began around the world in late 2020, developing countries came to find themselves at a considerable disadvantage in the procurement and distribution of dosages to their […]

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Airforce
Another Day of Pride for the Pakistan Air Force: February 27, 2019

Another Day of Pride for the Pakistan Air Force: February 27, 2019

After September 7, 1965, the Pakistan Air Force is marking February 27 as another day of pride following its resounding victory over the Indian Air Force in Operation Swift Retort in 2019. Exactly two […]

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Defense
Operation Swift Retort: The US and Chinese Response and Analysis

Operation Swift Retort: The US and Chinese Response and Analysis

Manipulation, Miscalculation, and Unintended Escalation Pakistan and India are trapped in an inherent security dilemma that is further complicated by the growing United States-China rivalry. While Pakistan is attempting to balance its relations with the […]

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Airforce
Need of  a Renewed Retort

Need of a Renewed Retort

27 February 2019 was undoubtedly an extraordinary day in the history of India-Pakistan military engagement. Pakistan, a supposedly small power in terms of conventional capabilities, on February 27, 2019 once and for all settled […]

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