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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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Government & Politics
The Welfare Queens

The Welfare Queens

It was in the mid-1970s that Ronald Reagan began to promote, as part of his presidential run, the derogatory term of Welfare Queens. Referring to people of color (particularly women) who lived entirely on […]

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Afghanistan
Taliban here and Across the Khyber

Taliban here and Across the Khyber

With the United States (US)’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan sans a politically negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, the Afghan cconflict has entered a crucial phase. Since the beginning of the US and […]

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Afghanistan
Taliban Offensive and Abject Surrender of Afghan Forces

Taliban Offensive and Abject Surrender of Afghan Forces

Pakistan and its agencies are once again at the centre-stage of geopolitics. This time for allegedly supporting Taliban offensive against the Afghan National Army (ANA), which has been raised, trained, equipped, and funded by […]

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Environment
Plantation and Preservation: Pakistan’s Weapon against Climate Change

Plantation and Preservation: Pakistan’s Weapon against Climate Change

In the lead up to the UN Climate Change conference (COP26), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its report and issued dire warning regarding the severity of environmental challenges faced by our […]

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Pakistan
Seven Decades after Partition

Seven Decades after Partition

14th August holds great significance for the Pakistani nation. Marking a new chapter in the history of the subcontinent, the state of Pakistan came into being on this day in 1947. The importance and […]

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Cyber
Cyber-Warfare and International Rule of Law

Cyber-Warfare and International Rule of Law

Cyberspace is now an officially declared domain of warfare and states are methodically indulging in this new form of war to achieve their political objectives. States are conducting cyber-attacks on high-value targets of enemy […]

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Afghanistan
The Afghan Imbroglio: A Pakistani Perspective

The Afghan Imbroglio: A Pakistani Perspective

It took the US 20 years, 2300 casualties, and $2.26 trillion to realize that it was waging an unwinnable war in Afghanistan. The Biden administration’s announcement of withdrawal has led to a sharp spike […]

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Regional security/Region
Chaos in Afghanistan: Economic Consequences for Pakistan

Chaos in Afghanistan: Economic Consequences for Pakistan

Regional economic engagement has been instrumental in supporting economies in different parts of the world as businesses and consumers get wider access to finished goods, raw materials and machinery. Many countries in Europe also […]

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Nuclear
Withering Indian Nuclear Safety & Security: Cause for International Concern

Withering Indian Nuclear Safety & Security: Cause for International Concern

Nuclear technology offer countries several benefits in terms of meeting their traditional and non-traditional security needs, but it also requires very careful and responsible behavior from the states that possess and use it. Ensuring […]

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Regional security/Region
Battle of Perceptions

Battle of Perceptions

Since beginning of US withdrawal, Taliban have been able to capture large swath of territory in Afghanistan, with little to no resistance from government forces or their allied militias. Taliban claim capturing of more […]

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Hybrid Warfare
Hybrid Mannerism of the Terrorists and the State’s Response

Hybrid Mannerism of the Terrorists and the State’s Response

It pains me to write that terrorists have succeeded in their planning, execution, and accomplishment of the stated objectives on a number of occasions. They appeared organized, virtuously committed (even for a wrong cause), […]

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Regional security/Region
Peace in Afghanistan is a Choice!

Peace in Afghanistan is a Choice!

The war in Afghanistan initiated by the US, after the tragic incident of 9/11, is finally grinding to a halt. Analysts are pondering the reasons behind this sudden withdrawal decision. One factor that is […]

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