Amina Afzal

The Silver Lining

in CBMs, Cooperation, India, Pakistan, Security, Water

Talks between an Indian delegation of the Indus Water Commission and Pakistani officials remained inconclusive as both sides refused to shift their stated positions. The Indian delegation arrived in Lahore on August 23, 2014 for a five-day visit. The resumption of dialogue between the Indian and Pakistani Indus Water Commissions is an opportune development indeed.

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Beenish Altaf

Method for NSG Expansion

in India, NSG, Nuclear, Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security, Pakistan • 3 Responses

International contemplation and debate are revolving around the expansion of the NSG quantitatively – for which two broad methods have been projected: i.e., either a Criteria – Based Approach or a Country – Specific Approach. While arguing about the NSG’s expansion, it is essential to point out the chief rationale of the NSG – which

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Amina Afzal

South Asian Nuclear Politics Revisited

in Deterrence, India, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan, Politics • 1 Response

In his 2009 Forbes Magazine article titled “Five Reasons Why India Can’t Do A Gaza on Pakistan”, Tunku Varadarajan notes, “India does not because it cannot.” The article sought to answer the queries of the author’s numerous American and Indian friends who wanted to know why Pakistan was not being taught a lesson the same

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Tridivesh Singh Maini

Limits of Rapprochement — Foreign Secretary Talks Cancelled

in Cooperation, India, Kashmir, LoC, Negotiations, Pakistan, Peace, Politics • 4 Responses

The cancellation of foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, which were to be held on August 25, was not totally unexpected. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far refrained from making belligerent statements against Pakistan, except during his visit to Kargil last week, where he stated that Pakistan has lost the capacity

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Julia Thompson

Voices this Week – The Azadi March and Political Opposition in Pakistan

in Elections, leadership, Pakistan, Politics, Voices this Week • 1 Response

Voices this Week draws together published material on an important strategic issue in South Asia.  This week: the Azadi March and the history of political opposition in Pakistan. Mariam Mufti offers an account of the historical role of the opposition in Pakistan. She highlights a number of important trends, examining five periods since 1970, “the Bhutto years,”

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