Special Focus

The “Afghanistan-Pakistan” dossier, under “President Trump”

It appears that Americans are inevitably faced with a Trump / Clinton duel. One of the two could define international diplomacy in the coming years. President Obama leaves them a mixed legacy on foreign policy in general, and on the “AfPak” dossier in particular. Obama’s results particularly in the “AfPak” region are mediocre, to Say […]

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President Hillary Clinton’s Af-Pak policy

We saw last week, that a Trump presidency would, at first sight, be rather bad news for the Afghan conflict and for US-Pakistan relations. But would Clinton, as president, do better? While the former First Lady and Secretary of State has a long experience of regional affairs, that does not mean she is an expert […]

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Guest lecture: “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”

Guest lecture: “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”

Post-event Report Lt. Gen (R) Talat Masood visited IPRI on November 26, 2015 to deliver lecture on “Afghanistan- A year after drawdown: Challenges and Opportunities”. The lecture was delivered to IPRI scholars in IPRI’s Conference Hall. Following are the salient points of the lecture. • Pakistan has made genuine efforts to promote official level talks […]

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Social Media and Radicalisation Process

Social Media and Radicalisation Process

Scientific developments and the ease of access to various communication technologies for a wide-ranging audience beyond borders have made almost boundless prospects for broadcast and digital information. Since its inception, the internet has empowered the introduction of numerous platforms for mass communication, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other social media outlets. Not surprisingly, […]

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Pakistan’s connectivity ventures

Pakistan’s connectivity ventures

In the context of globalization, connectivity, diplomacy and trade are not stand alone activities, rather these are parts of a comprehensive concept. If the political and territorial disputes are settled then borders become a source of flow and not obstruction. Connectivity and mobility are essential contributors towards prosperity and wellbeing of the people. Pakistan is […]

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AGGRESSIVE INDIAN POSTURE

AGGRESSIVE INDIAN POSTURE

The recent policy postures of Modi government in India are contrary to the expectations of the well-wishers of South Asian region. Modi’s main agenda was to prioritize economic diplomacy to facilitate India’s economic revival. In his initial statements he promised that economic agenda would be the main driver of his foreign policy. To achieve this […]

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Pakistan’s defence budget: An analysis

Pakistan’s defence budget: An analysis

Pakistan has reluctantly upped its defence budget for 2015-16 by 11 percent. Total defence outlay is Rs700. 2 billion as compared to Rs 627.2 billion allocated in the outgoing fiscal year, showing an increase of Rs 73 billion. The actual increase in defence expenditure is about 8% or Rs 63 billion when compared to the […]

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