Archive for: Pakistan


An assessment of Indian and Pakistani nuclear forces

The possibility of a nuclear flashpoint between India and Pakistan appears in virtually every discussion on international relations in the Indian subcontinent. In...

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Allahabad AIML session and MAJ1

The quest for Pakistan: part two of an interview with Prof Venkat Dhulipala

“The critiques of Pakistan emphasise the point that there were significant divisions within the Indian Muslims on the idea of Pakistan. I have tried to capture...

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On creating a new Medina

An interview with Prof Venkat Dhulipala on his new book Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India. Prof...

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Pakistan’s tenuous relationship with violent non-state actors in Afghanistan

Understanding this dynamic is critical to a path to peace in Afghanistan. Following the news confirming Mullah Omar’s death, analysts have evaluated that internal...

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Human capital: Where does India stand?

The skew in India towards younger generations highlights the disconnect between today’s education system and the skills required in the labour market. Upon analysis...

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The strategic implications of India’s cross-border raid

The government’s challenge will be to quickly consolidate psychological and military gains from this conflict and use intelligence and political methods to prevent...

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The losing war against ungoverned spaces

We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns...

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Tactical or strategic: all nuclear weapons are political by nature

Why Pakistan’s claims to “full spectrum” deterrence are meaningless in the subcontinental context. Two disparate triggers in March 2015 turned the...

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Riyalpolitik – Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan

There are compelling reasons for Pakistan to participate in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen. Yemen is in the throes of yet another iteration of violence and instability....

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When Iran enters the global mainstream

An Iranian entry into the international mainstream is an opportunity of altogether different proportions. There is now a good chance that Iran will conclude a nuclear...

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