Imran Malik

  • TAt this particular point in time, the US is engaging Pakistan rather wholesomely. Two top US functionaries are about to set foot in Islamabad. Is it a continuation of the age-old good cop (State Department) - bad cop (Pentagon, CIA) routine or is it truly a paradigm shift to a more realistic ...

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  • TThe only thing surprising about US Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis’ controversial policy statement on the CPEC passing through Gilgit- Baltistan (GB), “so called disputed territory”, is that it took so long in the coming. It almost seemed overdue. It dutifully echoes ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s vicious diatribe against Pakistan has forced a paradigm shift in its policies in the Afghan-Pakistan Region (APR) and beyond. The ingresses made by Iran, India, China and Russia in the region are critically redefining and reshaping it. The region is fast polarising between ...

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  • TThe US appears to be caught in a paradox of its own in the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR). Its Afghan campaign is tottering and has been literally fought to a standstill by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA). Its military has lost its strategic direction and orientation. It seems clueless of ...

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  • T“Offshore balancing” is a strategic concept used in realistic analysis in International Relations. It is a strategy whereby a great power uses favoured regional powers to check the rise of a potential hostile power. Offshore Balancing arguably permits a great power to maintain its power ...

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  • TThe US policy review of the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) will have to factor in the continuously evolving geopolitical and geostrategic environment and the volatile interstate relations within the region. The US has been the most dominant Asian power for long and is unlikely to brook any ...

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  • TKashmir, the most probable of all global nuclear flashpoints, continues to fester as a bleeding wound on the comatose conscience of the world. The inhuman and criminal Indian Army crackdown against the ongoing indigenous “intifada” in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and the blistering ...

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  • TIndia has occupied critical strategic space on Pakistan’s western flank in Afghanistan and Iran to launch its proxies/terrorists such as the IS, TTP, Jamaat ur Ahraar, BRA, BLA etc into Pakistan. It does so with callous abandon - ostensibly with the host Governments’ knowledge and even ...

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  • TThe Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) continues to evolve throwing up massive geopolitical and geostrategic challenges for the two protagonists and the external powers involved. This has been most noticeable during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations during which Russia and ...

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