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NATO’s Relevance and Europe’s Search for an Alternative

NATO’s Relevance and Europe’s Search for an Alternative

The North Treaty Organization (NATO) came into being to guarantee security to the war-torn Europe after the most devastated war in human history called “World War II.” It was precisely meant for containing “Communist” threat from the former Soviet Union. The “Warsaw Pact” was the response to NATO during the height of cold war by […]

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Changing Security Situation in South Asia and Development of CPEC

Changing Security Situation in South Asia and Development of CPEC

Introduction A two-day National Conference on “Changing Security Situation in South Asia and Development of CPEC” was organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), Germany (Pakistan office) on September 19-20, 2017 at Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad. The conference comprised of four working sessions in addition to inaugural […]

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US-China Rupture and North Korea

US-China Rupture and North Korea

There is a shift in international security order from Euro-Atlantic to Asia, and more precisely Asia-Pacific. The US is still the sole super power, though struggling, its power has been challenged, if not ended, in the Asian affairs. China’s rise and resurgence of Russia have made the Asian continent to look to other alternatives than […]

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US Defence Bill

US Defence Bill

If one closely monitors Pakistan’s relationship with the US, it has often been in transition stage, i.e. shifting from the most-allied status to negligence and even to hostility sometimes. The US termed Pakistan double-dealing and duplicitous ally and Pakistan termed the US dealings as unequal and distressing. History of mutual relationship between the two may […]

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Cornering Iran

Cornering Iran

From Middle East to Europe, Donald Trump’s first overseas visit has ended with lot of regional and international implications. If one can sum up Trump’s maiden visit to Middle East, it can be considered as a visit to contain Iran, not only politically, but also strategically in the region. There are three dimensions of Trump’s […]

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Riyadh Summit

Riyadh Summit

President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage with the commencement of his nine-day, multi-country tour last week. The diplomatic maneuvering started off with the astounding reception in Saudi Arabia with renewed aspirations for bilateral relations. While the gestures and words spoke of the highly conventional US Middle East policy, giving impressions of […]

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Trump’s Maiden Visit to KSA

Trump’s Maiden Visit to KSA

For the US and its Western partners, the Middle East has been one of the most important regions of the world since the end of World War II. The last seven decades of the geo-politics in Middle East have witnessed increased US involvement in the region, including economic dealings, wars, and covert operations. The cold […]

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Trump-Xi Summit

Trump-Xi Summit

WHILE the world expected that the US-China relations would be more contentious under the new US administration, it has taken an entirely new direction, which was less talked and thought about. Analysts, scholars and strategists spoke of an irresolute yet confrontational relation between the US and China, seeing the posture President Trump adopted and statements […]

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