Amina Afzal

Panama Papers and Pakistan: The Civ-Mil Fault Lines

in Civil-Military Relations, Pakistan, Politics

  It took an international scandal for Pakistan’s citizens to finally realize how deep corruption runs in their society and that the nation’s leaders remain complicit in promoting it. However, more disturbing than the scandal is the leadership’s reaction—the Panama Papers issue has become another avenue for civilian-military squabbling and petty score-settling between political parties.

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Mayuri Mukherjee

India: Walking the Line between China and the United States?

in China, Defence, India, Maritime, Security, Strategic Culture, US • 2 Responses

  Earlier this month, when Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter agreed in principle to sign a logistics support agreement (LSA) intended to enhance military ties, many in India wondered if the pact would push the country into an unnecessarily tight embrace with the United States. More importantly, they worried

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Rizwana Abbasi

Pakistan and the Nuclear Taboo

in Deterrence, India, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan • 3 Responses

  The world saw the terrible power and consequences of nuclear weapons use in 1945. Since then, while the club of states with nuclear weapons has expanded, a tradition of non-use has held. The more comprehensive explanation of this non-use puzzle is based on a realpolitik argument or material factors such as existence of nuclear

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Muhammad Daim Fazil

Gen Sharif’s India Accusations: Camouflaging Failures?

in Internal Security, Military, Pakistan, Terrorism • 6 Responses

  In a rare statement last week, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif alleged that India is creating problems in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, worth about $46 billion. He went on to say that the project has incredible regional significance and that India “has openly challenged this development initiative.” He

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Kainat Younas

Islamic Alliance against Terrorism: Will it Succeed?

in Cooperation, Defence, Terrorism

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in the final communiqué of its 13th summit meeting last week, put its weight behind the Islamic anti-terrorism coalition designed and led by Saudi Arabia. The alliance was announced last December and includes countries like the Gulf Arab states, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, Chad, and Mali. Its stated aim

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