Imran Malik

  • TThe Trump Presidency is most mercurial and unpredictable in nature. The rapid-fire “hirings and firings” at the Secretary and senior most levels reflect chaos and disarray, weak command and control, fickle-minded team selection, and a rampant lack of confidence amongst his staff. It is ...

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  • TIndia’s strategic posturing in the IOR continues unabated. Its acquisition of bases/port facilities at Duqm, Oman and Chahbahar, Iran in particular pose real threats to Pakistan and its interests in the region. These positions straddle the Hormuz Straits and place Pakistan’s SLOCs and ...

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  • TChina’s OBOR initiatives have caused extreme consternation to the US-led West and its allies like Japan, Australia, India, et al. The US feels that the OBOR threatens its economic primacy at the global level. It is now creating newer alignments/alliances to manage, contain and counter this ...

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  • TThe strategic environment in the South Central Asian Region (SCAR) and the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) within it is witnessing a massive clash of interests of regional and global powers. All of them are maneuvering menacingly to secure their respective strategic spaces, retaining their areas ...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • T“Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” –William Shakespeare   US policy towards the Indo-Pak subcontinent/South Asian region underwent a paradigm shift during the second Clinton Administration. This was essentially based on ...

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  • TVipin 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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  • TThe 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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  • TThe 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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  • TAfghanistan 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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  • TIran 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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  • TChina’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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  • TA 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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  • TThe 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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  • TRecently 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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  • TA 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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  • TThe 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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  • TThe 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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