Imran Malik

  • Vipin Narang, an Indian origin nuclear strategist and a Professor at the prestigious MIT made a candid assessment of the emerging dynamics of India’s nuclear strategy at the Carnegie International Conference in Washington recently. He averred that there had been a perceptible paradigm shift ...

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  • The IS is strategically on the retreat in the Levant (Syria-Iraq Theater of War). It is reeling under the unrelenting onslaughts from the multitude of forces pitched against it. It has lost moral and physical ascendancy and control of the region ceding about 50,000 square kilometers to US-Iraqi ...

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  • The 13th Summit of the ECO that took place in Islamabad recently portends immense economic possibilities for the region. Its basic theme of Connectivity for Regional Prosperity reflects the realisation amongst its peoples that their enormous potential for collective economic development lies ...

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  • Afghanistan is a virtual boiling pot of hostile forces, working maniacally at cross purposes. At the top is its unique national government. It has a perplexed and split personality, demonstrates sorely divided authority and indecisiveness, is epitomised by weak governance and is ruthlessly ...

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  • Iran is just coming out of one of the worst ordeals of its history. For decades it remained under debilitating international isolation and enormous economic sanctions for its nuclear program. Through a ruthless application of classic coercive diplomacy the P5+1forced it to renounce what might still ...

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  • China’s superb strategic maneuver into Pakistan in the shape of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has far deeper ramifications than appear at first sight. It seems to have taken Napoleon’s Strategy of the Central Position to heart. In harmony with its trade corridors through ...

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  • A lot is being read into PM Narinder Modi’s “statesman like” dash to Lahore ostensibly to “drop by” and congratulate PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and the wedding of his granddaughter. What caused this sudden burst of bonhomie when Mr Modi was just coming out of his ...

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  • The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was created in the wake of India’s nuclear debauchery epitomised by its so called “peaceful “nuclear weapons test in May 1974. That gave India the singular and rather dubious distinction of being the “original sinner and the foremost ...

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  • Recently a lot of media hype was created on Pakistan’s nuclear program and its presumed relentless and reckless expansion. The Stimson and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace papers by Toby Dalton and Michael Krepon, reporting by David Ignatius and the inevitable editorials of the New ...

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  • A bird’s eye view of the current Middle East (ME) situation makes for an extremely fascinating study. The ME is a veritable stew of super power ambitions gone awry, disastrous and failed military campaigns, excruciating terrorism, blatant attempts at regional dominance, conflicting spheres of ...

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  • The US-India Joint Strategic Vision issued at the end of President Obama’s Hindustan yatra laid down the parameters and paradigms for their purportedly shared journey into the 21st century. Marching lockstep they hope to shape and dominate the world in pursuit of their respective national ...

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  • The vagaries of geopolitics sometimes throw up strange and unexpected bedfellows. As in human relations, there are some who are keen, eager and willing to join the party while others may have to be lured or coerced. The US is a past master and manipulative host of such parties and appears to have ...

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  • Of all the elements of national power, the media is perhaps the most versatile. It is expansive in its reach and can mould domestic and international opinions. Through print, electronic, information and social media avenues it acquires formidable and multidimensional capabilities to influence ...

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  • The assassination attempt on Hamid Mir mercifully failed. He is on the road to recovery and one can only wish him and his family well. However, this unfortunate incident has had a multidimensional and severely polarizing impact on Pakistan as a whole and in particular on the Establishment. It has ...

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  • The power matrix in Pakistan has been in a perpetual state of flux. Numerous military takeovers and some outrageously vagrant policies of our political leadership have prevented a rational, well-balanced, political and democratic system from evolving and flourishing. Our civilian governments have ...

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  • US foreign policy in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) is stagnating and still short of achieving its major objectives, particularly in Syria and Iran. On the contrary, Russia’s emergence as a major proactive player in the GMER is noteworthy; its policies and positive interventions on the ...

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  • The Government of Pakistan has displayed a lamentable lack of clarity in thought and purpose while dealing with the scourge of terrorism in general and the TTP in particular. It has neither demonstrated the political will nor the moral or physical courage to tackle the issues squarely.At the moment ...

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  • The battle for the soul of Pakistan has now begun in real earnest, and the nation appears ready to answer the call to arms.The first shots in anger have been fired by Pakistan’s Armed Forces in what may eventually turn out to be the final and decisive phase of the war on terror on Pakistani ...

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  • The GWOT in the Af-Pak region (APR) seems to be entering its final stages. The defeated US/NATO/ISAF Combine is on its way out of the region and Pakistan has finally decided to tackle its internal threats proactively. It has decided to enter into talks with the TTP, as a first tentative step out of ...

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  • As we enter 2014, one looks forward rather furtively to the explosive strategic environment that is likely to prevail in the Af-Pak Region (APR) in the wake of the Afghan Presidential and Parliamentary Elections (05 April 2014) and US/NATO/ISAF withdrawal (December 2014) from the region.Regional ...

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  • The Nawaz Sharif Government has shown scant determination, resolve or any real intent in dealing with the issue of terrorism in a wholesome and proactive manner. Its approach is conspicuous by its apparent lack of understanding of the issue and a most worrying shortage of demonstrated courage in ...

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  • The enigmatic strategic environment in the Af-Pak Region (APR) continues to evolve without a hint as to where and how it will finally stabilize. A flurry of diplomatic moves pursuing conflicting national interests in the APR is gaining momentum and seriously ominous potential. Violent change ...

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  • The interim deal between the P5+1 and Iran appears to be an enigmatic albeit dynamic development in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER). It portends hopefully positive but definitely far reaching ramifications. However, there are many variables in this equation and self-serving interpretations of ...

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  • The strategic environment in the Af-Pak Region (APR) is evolving rapidly. The US/NATO/ISAF Combine, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban (including the TTP), are all vying to shape it to suit their respective interests in the pre and post December 2014 periods.Peripheral India, too, is ...

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  • It goes without saying that the US initiated drone strikes coming across the Durand Line from Afghanistan are a rapacious violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, pride and self-respect. They breach international laws, human rights and many view them as war crimes too. ...

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  • The US started laying down the basic paradigms for creating the post-2014 strategic and operational environment in Afghanistan a long while ago. Its efforts took roots with the Enduring Security Partnership Agreement (ESPA) between the US and Afghanistan which went into effect on 4 July 2012. It ...

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  • India is an extremely difficult country to fathom. It has conflicting national interests and seems caught  between two diametrically opposite worlds-one that belongs to the elitist major league players on the global checkerboard and the other which is more realistically personified by its ...

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  • The recent All Parties Conference (APC) on terrorism has decreed that the government should negotiate peace with the Taliban! The intentions of our political elite are honorable however the methodology to achieve the ends of this (non) policy is clearly questionable. The government’s chosen ...

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  • The US has been singularly unable to marshal and lead the unipolar world it found itself in subsequent to the demise of the erstwhile USSR. Its inept and unimaginative leadership, unjust policies and ruthless pursuit of crass national interests have wreaked havoc in the world order severely ...

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  • The strategic and political environment in the Indo-Pak subcontinent is violently rocking back to its erstwhile state of volatility and uncertainty. Events astride, the livewire LoC threaten to sabotage all chances of a rapprochement between the two belligerents. The critical political and military ...

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