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Hybrid Warfare
Identifying Levels of Hybridity in War

Identifying Levels of Hybridity in War

Hybrid warfare, as a concept and military strategy, is as old as the warfare itself. It employs a combination of political warfare alongside conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyber-warfare. It also deploys variety of […]

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Regional security/Region
Pakistan’s Afghan Dilemma

Pakistan’s Afghan Dilemma

Amidst foreign forces drawdown from Afghanistan, speculations are rife about likely US military bases in neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan, for counterterrorism operations after 9/11 2021, which Islamabad has been repeatedly denying. Such rumors or […]

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Regional security/Region
Strategic Pause Between the Nuclear Neighbours

Strategic Pause Between the Nuclear Neighbours

There may be multiple reasons for the breakup of formal and informal talks between India and Pakistan, but it is important to note that the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) is holding […]

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Society
Pakistan Faces Challenges of Societal Security

Pakistan Faces Challenges of Societal Security

Some essential elements of national security include: human security, economic security, environmental security, military security, cyber security, and most importantly societal security. However, national security, in the changed paradigm is not only reflective of military security […]

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Regional security/Region
Future of Region after US Exit from Afghanistan

Future of Region after US Exit from Afghanistan

The pace at which Taliban in Afghanistan are capturing city after city, is astounding to say the least. After President Biden’s announcement to withdraw forces from the country, Taliban-controlled areas have increased almost three-fold. […]

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Society
The Critical Junctures

The Critical Junctures

There is a rich body of scholarship in the fields of economics and public policy around the idea of path dependency, which seeks to explain how policies maintain a secure equilibrium, until the point […]

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Regional security/Region
“Why Would They Listen to Us When They are Sensing Victory?”

“Why Would They Listen to Us When They are Sensing Victory?”

All eyes are once again on Afghanistan as the future of the country remains uncertain after the US withdrawal. It appears that instability will prevail in the country since the situation has become extremely […]

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India
India’s Dangerous Designs

India’s Dangerous Designs

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office back in 2014, India-Pakistan relations have registered an increasingly downward trend. His anti-Pakistan agenda includes targeting the country on both the internal and external front. He […]

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Emerging Technologies
Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the World

Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the World

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a buzzword in contemporary times. It essentially means machines imitating human intelligence and performing some of the functions that a human brain can perform, such as understanding language, problem-solving, […]

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Society
Social Media—Lobby of the Powerful

Social Media—Lobby of the Powerful

In this age of globalization, social media have emerged critical tools for states to attain political objectives in any conflict through information control and manipulation. Recent events around the globe have put into question […]

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Nuclear
Squaring the Circle in Vienna

Squaring the Circle in Vienna

The negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran Nuclear deal seem to have reached a critical juncture as the negotiating parties await […]

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Regional security/Region
Taliban should Strive for a Hybrid Victory

Taliban should Strive for a Hybrid Victory

The fundamental difference between the Taliban under Mullah Omer in 1996, and the Taliban under Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, is perhaps political legitimacy. Despite being the founding leader and an extremely popular figure within Afghanistan, […]

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International Economy
A Confession about FATF

A Confession about FATF

In what can only be termed an abject confession of his government's culpability, the Indian external minister S. Jaishankar recently said that India has been playing a direct hand in the manipulation of the […]

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India
Indian Military Procurements: A Scandalous Affair

Indian Military Procurements: A Scandalous Affair

India, the world’s largest democracy and a non-NPT nuclear weapons’ state, is plagued with scandals for military procurements. Despite stringent and painstaking bureaucratic processes for the approvals of defence procurements, India has perhaps the […]

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India
Cocktail of Islamophobia and Misogyny in India

Cocktail of Islamophobia and Misogyny in India

Recently, more than 80 Muslim women were put up for sale on an open software development site called GitHub without their consent or knowledge. The photos of the women were posted on the app […]

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Regional security/Region
Taliban are Afghans only and not Pakistanis

Taliban are Afghans only and not Pakistanis

Pakistan may have helped an incoming government in Afghanistan led by Taliban leader Mullah Omer with the help and support of other allies to avert a civil war in post-Soviet withdrawal in 1996. However, Afghan […]

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Regional security/Region
Mapping the Terrorist Threat from Afghanistan

Mapping the Terrorist Threat from Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains the focus of terrorism concerns of regional and international powers. With such concerns, the expected spillover of cross border terrorism from the militant groups like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), hiding in Afghanistan, is […]

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Aerospace
Hybrid Character of Aerospace Power

Hybrid Character of Aerospace Power

The use of the term ‘hybrid’ has become exceedingly common; its true meaning, however, can be seen in the domain of aerospace power. The evolution of airpower immediately attracted the strategists, who started to use […]

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Regional security/Region
The Economic Dimensions of  Pakistan-India Reengagement

The Economic Dimensions of Pakistan-India Reengagement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The India-Pakistan relationship has been having its vicissitudes, following several years of tense animosity, owing largely to the bellicose and ideologically-charged government in New Delhi. Economic engagement is but one facet of this […]

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Regional security/Region
Peace in the Subcontinent: Off-track Once Again

Peace in the Subcontinent: Off-track Once Again

Pakistan and India have remained entangled in a matrix that they can neither disregard nor resolve since the departure of the British colonizers. Despite attempts to normalize relations, unresolved issues and disputes continue to […]

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Government & Politics
Pakistan Already has a Full Plate to Deal With

Pakistan Already has a Full Plate to Deal With

Pakistan has its plate full when it comes to playing a productive role in the international affairs. On the security front, Pakistan’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Kashmir, are recognised at regional and […]

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India
The Sick Man of Asia

The Sick Man of Asia

Although much of the world is preparing to move past the Covid-19 pandemic, with large immunization programs and the reopening of economic activity, there is one country that has, since the beginning of 2021, […]

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India
On Trade with India

On Trade with India

In both India and Pakistan, there are voices that advocate for better trading ties as a “win-win situation,” arguing that economic rapprochement is either (1) a circuitous route to normalizing relations which bypasses political […]

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Global view
The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Commentary on Israel’s War Crimes

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Commentary on Israel’s War Crimes

The Israel-Palestine conflict is reckoned as one of the enduring conflicts of contemporary times with the ‘’Question of Palestine’’ being on the United Nations (UN) agenda since 1947. This conflict exacerbated because of the […]

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