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Salman Rafi Sheikh

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What the Afghan war looks like after 17 years?

Afghanistan’s geopolitics has changed; the ‘war on terror’ narrative is absolutely dead given that the US is now talking to the Taliban (the erstwhile...

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid...

Divergence with the US brings Pakistan & Iran closer, but not...

Notwithstanding the not-so-warm past, the fact that Iran’s foreign minister is the first foreign dignitary to visit the newly established government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf...

New regional configurations taking lead in Afghanistan war

About two weeks ago Pakistan reportedly hosted spy-chiefs of Russia, China and Iran to formulate a joint policy and a platform for extended co-operation...

The learned and not learned lessons from Afghanistan

While the most regular and most reported feature of life in Afghanistan remains the US ‘war on terror’ and the way this war continues...

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude...

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime...

Why is the US switching sides in Afghanistan?

In a recent twist of events, the Afghan war seems to have turned away from a ‘war on terror’ on the Taliban to a...

India’s lingering BRICS dilemma

With the world’s almost two-third of the total wealth to be concentrated in Asia in coming decades, any multilateral grouping, such as BRICS, which...

Pakistan’s general election brings the opposition to power, only to find...

As we write this piece, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehree-i-Insaaf (PTI) (Pakistan Justice Party) is the leading party, only a bat’s swing away from forming...

Afghanistan: Is the Trump administration turning the tide to better?

With the Afghan Taliban claiming indirect talks currently going on with the US, the hope for an eventual emergence of a long-term truce, if...

Emphasis on dialogue is back in Afghanistan

Last few months have seen Afghanistan moving from the Taliban’s direct offer of talks with the US to the Ghani administration responding with a...

Pakistan’s second decade of democracy

If the word ‘unprecedented’ was to be defined in the Pakistani political context, the immediate reference would be the two consecutive (2008-2013 and 2013-2018)...

Pakistan & Afghanistan find a road-map to peace

Despite the myriad odds, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been successful in charting out a mutually agreed road-map to peace and stability in the ‘Af-Pak’...

The US softens up on Pakistan to find ‘peace’ in Afghanistan

After experiencing months of cold, it seems that the US is starting to realize the folly of disengaging Pakistan, and is accordingly warming up....

Can the Elephant and Dragon dance together?

Despite the otherwise upbeat assessments about the latest Xi-Modi meeting in China, the outstanding fact remains China’s failure in getting India’s support for its...

Amid the new “spring offensive”, the “new” US strategy stands defeated

The announcement by the Afghan Taliban of their spring offensive against the US and NATO forces should not have come as a surprise to...

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...