Imran Malik

  • TThe US is here to stay in the SCAR/APR. Its compulsions to do so include occupying the most central position in the region, Afghanistan, thus acquiring unchallengeable strategic reaches into West, South and Central Asia. This position also gives it unprecedented oversight into China’s ...

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  • TUS’ Afghan policy and military strategy therein have many contradictions. The ambiguous intent, grossly inadequate force levels and resultant operational strategy are hard to fathom, may even be seriously flawed. The operational strategy aims to deny victory to the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani ...

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  • TThe IMCTC’s success depends entirely upon how well it morphs into an effective fighting machine to counter and defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The application of its military forces will require consensus, critical geopolitical considerations, unambiguous decisions and ...

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  • TThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is spearheading an international effort of creating a military coalition of forty one Islamic States (Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition - IMCTC) which will coordinate and unify efforts to counter terrorism at the international/regional levels and in the ...

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  • 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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