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Salman Rafi Sheikh

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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was...

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of...

Cracking the Afghan-Pak nut

It is nothing short of a challenge for Pakistan to reconcile its western neighbour, a neighbour Pakistan has almost never enjoyed cordial relations with. But...

What John Bolton’s appointment as NSA would lead Pak-US relations to?

What will the newly appointed National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton, the well-known hawk, would advise the US president Trumpon matters related to the...

Central Asia’s growing concerns over Afghanistan

While the US used the recently held ‘Tashkent Conference’ on Afghanistan to reiterate its support for direct talks between the (US backed)Afghan regime and...

How Bangladesh is at the crossroads of India-China ‘war of influence’

The rise of China in Asia has meant different things to different countries in the region and beyond. For its competitors, this rise means...

The Taliban’s rejection of peace talks makes sense

While no proper rejection has yet taken place, it is by now evident that the Afghan Taliban have partially turned down the Ghani administration’s...

How Pakistan’s arms-imports reflect its foreign relations

When it comes to locating the locus of a country’s foreign policy orientation, its standing in the global order, and its interests, one of...

What is behind the Ghani-Trump road map to peace in Afghanistan?

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace and dialogue to the Afghan Taliban has come at a time when the US is right in...

Climbing out of Pakistan’s FATF debacle

Last week’s developments with regard to Pakistan’s role in the global ‘war on terror’ have exposed how the general expectation of Pakistan’s anti-terror policies...

Pakistan’s foreign policy: Not isolated, but not diversified enough

With Pakistan’s Raheel Sharif leading the 40 nation Islamic Military Alliance and with China making investment worth billions of dollars in Pakistan through the...

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump...

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be...

Why is the US hiding the actual ground realities of Afghanistan?

After 16 years of war, the US has now decided to officially restrict the amount and the kind of data that can be released...

In Davos Modi toes the US line, forgets India’s massive contradictions

While Indian PM Narendra Modi’s Davos speech has been termed by the Indian media as ‘just what the audience wanted to hear’, few take...

Keeping Afghanistan unstable suits the US and the Afghan regime

While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as...

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The...

Russia & China line up to play the Pak-US spat

While the US decision to suspend all security aid to Pakistan hasn’t come as a surprise, Pakistan is not the only country that has...

Pak-US spat will do the US little good

While the list of accusations the US vice president Mike Pence presented during his latest surprise visit to Afghanistan included old claims on Pakistan...

Trump’s National Security Strategy eyes a more ‘obedient’ Pakistan

The US president Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) places the country at the centre of an increasingly ‘dangerous world’ and accordingly identifies...

The US’ ‘war on drugs’ wouldn’t weaken the Taliban

While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed...