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Society
A Nation Stays Alive When its Culture Stays Alive

A Nation Stays Alive When its Culture Stays Alive

The battle for the control of the skies is fierce, not between aircraft or drones made of metal and steel but between delicate and appealing kites made of paper and string. They appear as […]

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Afghanistan
The Dilemma of Women in Afghanistan

The Dilemma of Women in Afghanistan

As the Taliban are gaining ground and fighting in Afghanistan is intensifying, with complete withdrawal of US forces by September 2021, the prospects of expanding Taliban control and a probable civil war within Afghanistan […]

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Defense
India’s Acquisition of the S-400 Air Defense System: Implications and Options for Pakistan

India’s Acquisition of the S-400 Air Defense System: Implications and Options for Pakistan

Abstract India’s quest for attaining superior military technology has materialized in New Delhi’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russia. Adhering to the principles of offensive realism, India is aspiring to accumulate maximum […]

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Aerospace
International Space Station and the Future of International Cooperation in Space

International Space Station and the Future of International Cooperation in Space

Since the beginning of the Space Age, the prevailing notion was that ‘Space was a common heritage of mankind’, meant for shared progress. Despite getting engaged in a race to dominate this realm, the […]

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Cyber
An Overview of Pakistan’s Cyber Security Policies

An Overview of Pakistan’s Cyber Security Policies

Rapid digitalization and penetration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in all walks of life have exposed states to new and evolving cybersecurity threats. Protection of data and networks from these has become a […]

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Aerospace
Pakistan International Airlines: Great People to Fly With

Pakistan International Airlines: Great People to Fly With

It is commonly believed that state institutions should never be politicised because it may have implications on the security of the state, depending upon the nature and character of the organisation. Unfortunately, Pakistan International […]

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Domestic Economy
The Sober Society

The Sober Society

PAKISTAN has begun to realign its strategic orientation from traditional geopolitics towards contemporary geoeconomics. In this regard, it has begun to build what I term the sober society, which is to say, a society that […]

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Afghanistan
Afghanistan 2.0:Development, Implications & Policy Options for Pakistan

Afghanistan 2.0:Development, Implications & Policy Options for Pakistan

Introduction August 2021 will long be remembered in world history because during this month the mightiest world power ended its longest and most expensive military campaign against one of the world’s poorest countries, after negotiating […]

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Afghanistan
The Taliban’s Ascendance in Afghanistan: Implications for Pakistan

The Taliban’s Ascendance in Afghanistan: Implications for Pakistan

Synonpsis Afghanistan’s rapidly evolving situation leaves Pakistan in a precarious situation, which fears an uptick of militant violence if the Taliban fail to form a stable and inclusive government by incorporating other Afghan ethnic and […]

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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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