The Chinese defense profile is expanding beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbors in South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
In the two and a half years since Narendra Modi took charge as the prime minister, it can be argued that his principal objective is to restructure India’s engagement with Pakistan in fundamental ways
Many scholars attribute violence to the inability of weak states to restrain violent individuals. But in some democracies, states allow or enable violence to protect elite interests.
If General Raheel Sharif agrees to head the Islamic Military Alliance, it would have major domestic and foreign policy implications for Pakistan.
The lack of any apparent strategy and political determination in both India and Pakistan to establish a peacemaking process is dangerous. Continued violence across the Line of Control, the lack of progress in redressing the suffering and the interests of Kashmiri Muslims, and the absence of sustained serious diplomacy between India and Pakistan leave the two countries one high-casualty terrorist attack away from war.
After retiring as Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Raheel Sharif is taking over as director of a Saudi Arabia-led alliance against terrorism. This will help re-establish goodwill between the countries.
Recent developments in Russia-Pakistan relations seem to create a false impression of solid cooperation, which simultaneously irritates a few third countries. This is why Russia needs to rethink not only its policy towards Islamabad, but the region as a whole.
Pakistan’s 2013 general election marked the country’s first civilian transfer of power following the completion of an elected government’s full term. However, questions linger over the country’s democratic durability as next year’s election will occur against a challenging backdrop.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is solidifying relations between the two nations but the project faces multiple security and political challenges.
South Asian leaders are deeply concerned about America’s long-term commitment to the liberal, global economic order and Washington’s political will to sustain its longstanding international security commitments.