One Year On

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Dec 17, 2015
Mein anay wala kal hoon, woh mujhe kyun aaj maray ga? Ye us ka weham ho ga ke woh aisay khwaab maray ga Read more..

A Directionless NACTA

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Nov 24, 2015
“Missiles may kill terrorists. But, I am convinced that good governance is what will kill terrorism.”
UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon Addressing the General Assembly Thematic Debate, April 2015.  
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Pakistan’s Fight Against Violent Extremism

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Sep 2, 2015
“War against terrorism and extremism is being fought for future generations.”– General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (Command and Staff College, Quetta, 21st May, 2015). Read more..

Kashmir and Indian Brutality

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Jul 13, 2015
According to Amnesty International on July 1, 2015, “India has martyred one lakh (100,000) people in Kashmir. More than 8,000 disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police. No one has returned so far.” Read more..

The Yemen Conundrum: A Road to Nowhere

By Ifrah Waqar
Apr 9, 2015
Yemen, a country located in the South of Saudi Arabia is increasingly making headlines these days both regionally and internationally. Conflicts, uprisings, drone attacks (which began in the country in 2002) and disturbances, none of which are unknown to the residents of Yemen, as the country, have been a magnet for trouble pretty much since the 1960s. Read more..

Indian Isolationism – A Downward Spiral

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Jun 29, 2015
Several belligerent statements towards Pakistan from the top brass of Indian leadership have been making headlines in both countries for the past few weeks. The first statement came from the Indian Prime Minister, stating the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was ‘unacceptable’ to India. Read more..

Rise of the ‘Islamic State’: implications for Middle East and Pakistan

By Dr. Nazir Hussain
Nov 18, 2014
The surfacing of Islamic State (IS) and its inroads in Iraq and Syria have given rise to grave concerns to the stability and security of the region with devastating effects, despite the U.S.-led counter-force to check its advances in the region. Read more..

Security challenges in FATA after Zarb-e-Azb

By Dr. Nazir Hussain
Oct 2, 2014
A military operation has been launched in North Waziristan after the so-called peace negotiations failed to yield the desired results. Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ was launched in North Waziristan which had become a safe haven for local as also foreign militants and terrorists. Read more..

Democracy: Peaceful Settlement of Issues

By Asad Ullah Khan
Sep 3, 2014
The political situation in Pakistan has been under duress for the last month because of the ongoing opposition long marches. The two long marches, one headed by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s PAT (Pakistan Aawami Tehreek) and the other led by Imran Khan and his PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) have been the source of constant headache for the government. Read more..

Afghanistan post-2014: policy responses of the major stakeholders

By Najam Rafique
Aug 29, 2014
Who says that the ‘Great Game’ is over? On the contrary, it is very much a part of the ‘Grand Chessboard’ of the ‘unilateral superpower’ that still chooses to play the game of geo-politics and geo-economics in a number of arenas around the world. For the time being, the ‘pivot’ of this game revolves around the ‘draw down’ of the U.S. Read more..

Pakistani Collectivism

By Manzar Zaidi
Jun 2, 2014
In many Pakistani cities and also in a large number of the villages in the countryside, such kinship groupings are ascendant. Anatol Lieven has aptly described the dilemma when he explains that perhaps too much democracy is not too good for an evolving Pakistan. Read more..

Operation Zarb-e-Azb

By Ifrah Waqar & Saqib Mehmood 
Jun 2, 2014
On June 15, Pakistan Army launched a comprehensive military operation against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan. This operation is aimed at rooting out Pakistani Taliban and their aiding trans-national violent organizations, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Al-Qaeda. Read more..

Analyzing Trends Of Suicide Terrorism In Pakistan-Part 1

By Manzar Zaidi
Mar 06, 2014
The spate of suicide bombings started in earnest within Pakistan in 2002, with two major suicide attacks perpetrated that year, which specifically targeted foreigners. Many civilians have, however, been collateral victims of suicide bombings, which were ostensibly.  Read more..

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

By Manzar Zaidi
Feb 25, 2014
Insurgency can be contextualized as an organized set of subversive and violent activities geared to control, nullify or challenge political control of an area by the insurgents. In other words, it can be defined as a struggle to achieve political space by armed means in order to implement political, economic and ideological agendas. An insurgency may involve a myriad of actors. Read more..

U.S. Against The World

By Manzar Zaidi
Feb 17, 2014
Anti Americanism or anti-American sentiment can be defined as opposition or hostility to the people, government, culture or policies of America. This label is readily applied by pro American thinkers to an assortment of worldviews, many of them considered by these thinkers to be polemic in their interpretation of the term. Read more..

National Action Plan in practice

By Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)
Feb 14, 2015
There are some events in the history of nations when all segments of society, irrespective of their differences, come together and unite for a common purpose. Same happened in Pakistan when on 16th December the tragic massacre in Army Public school Peshawar brought the entire nation on one page. All the political parties; both from government and opposition benches, military leadership, civil society and people at large from all walks of life expressed their desire of wiping out terrorism from the country once and for all. Read more..

Studying Non-violent Radicalization

By Manzar Zaidi
Jan 30, 2014
There is empirical evidence to suggest that non-violent radicalism, or what some analysts call ‘virtual radicalism’, not only exists in Pakistani society to a considerable extent but is also on the rise, which waters down the state efforts to counter terrorism and militancy.  Read more..

Balochistan: An Optimistic Picture

By Dr. Raja Muhammad Khan
Dec 23, 2013
Contrary to popular speculation, the local Government elections in the province of Balochistan were carried out in a peaceful manner. Sequel to conduct of these elections, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has expressed optimism for the restoration of peace and normalcy in the rich province. Read more..

Political Islam

By Manzar Zaidi
Dec 5, 2013
In order to understand the logic or lack of it behind terrorism, one needs to understand the interplay of governance structures and radicalization first. Islam with its clarion call for implementation of the Sharia has been widely used throughout the Islamic world to mobilize the masses.  Read more..

Loya Jirga Endorses Bsa: Pakistan Must Ponder for Options

By Air Commodore (R) Khalid
Nov 25, 2013
As anticipated, the Afghan Loya Jirga has endorsed a much awaited bilateral security agreement (BSA), allowing an unspecified number of American troops to stay on in the country after 2014. Given the current situation, and Afghanistan’s need. Read more..

Politics, Globalization and Radicalization

By Manzar Zaidi
Nov 21, 2013
It is commonly stated by many Western and Islamic scholars that Islam is not only a religion but is also a blueprint for social order, governance and politics. It is therefore purportedly encompassing all domains of life, including law and the state. Read more..

Proposed ‘National Policy for Peace and Harmony’ & All Parties Conference (APC) Resolution, September 2013 Comparative Analysis

By The Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS)
Oct 28, 2013
The Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) has recently proposed a ‘National Policy for Peace and Harmony’, promoting a culture of tolerance and equality and countering terrorism, as a part of its work towards countering and preventing radicalization tendencies in Pakistan.  Read more..


By Manzar Zaidi
Oct 12, 2013
A lot has been written about radicalization in Pakistan without emphasis on the conceptual grounding of what radicalization really is. The Oxford dictionary till 2006 did not provide a definition of radicalization, radicalism, or even radicalize, which clearly shows the recent evolution of the term.  Read more..

Ideological Radicalization

By Manzar Zaidi
Oct 24, 2013
It is necessary to clarify the associations of ideology with radicalization at the outset, since the debate about ideology being the major construct of radicalization rages on. The simplifications of complex issues into binary oppositions which create a visceral impact are a characteristic of ideologies, especially. Read more..

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