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Death of a pacifist

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | Twitter: @Reb_ali_ous Email: aliazlan392@gmail.com Pakistan and the world at large sits at another crossroads, what is a decisive chapter in history for many and may very well be a decisive chapter in the history of time given the nuclear capability of the states involved, the stakes on the line and the potential of the...

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What’s cooking? Delhi in trumps National Security Council

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   The appointment of Brigadier-General Robin Fontes as senior director for India, Pakistan and Central Asia at the NSC came a day after Trump's national security adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy, worrying India. Flynn was the only cabinet-ranking member of the Trump administration who had met his Indian counterpart, NSA Ajit Doval,...

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What’s Cooking? America First (Background)

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   A continuation of the Hudson Institute Policy papers, 'In March 2009, then-President Barack Obama defined his top priority as being to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Al-Qaeda infrastructure in Pakistan, which posed an imminent and significant threat to the United States and its allies. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the lead element...

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What’s cooking? A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Husain Haqqani & Lisa Curtis jointly authored a policy paper at the Hudson institute, following are the highlights, the complete paper could be read online on their official website. 'The new Trump Administration must review its policies toward Pakistan in order to more effectively contain, and eventually eliminate, the terrorist threats that continue...

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What’s cooking? Insert, Hussain Haqqani

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   The Hudson Institute is an American conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the ‘RAND Corporation’. A recent write-up from the premier security think-tank of America had the notorious Hussain...

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What’s cooking? Indo-Pak Relations and Linda Curtis

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy Miss Lisa Curtis. Curtis focuses on America's security relationships with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan & other South Asian nations. Strongly favored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party and the Government, New Delhi’s trusted diplomatic darling and the high-profile South-Asia expert,...

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Tanks of Porus: Assumptions Vs Reality

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   India has recently made their nefarious designs known with regards to the controversial "Cold Start Doctrine" for which we see frantic deployments on the borders, India is preparing to deploy more than 460 main battle tanks (MBTs) along its border with Pakistan, substantially increasing its already sizable tank force there. To understand the...

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Devious Designs, Cold Start Doctrine

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   “Cold start or Hot Start we are ready for any and all misadventure” The statement given by the recently outgoing Army Chief reverberates in the hearts and mind of most Pakistani’s addressing an event held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the 1965 Pakistan-India war last...

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Riyals for Raheel

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   November 29, 2016 the day Raheel Sharif decided to exit gracefully after serving as the Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, shall be remembered throughout history for the “unusual circumstances” that proceeded and preceded his departure. Raheel Shareef served as Pakistan’s COAS for 3 years (2014-16) in a much talked about...

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Kill Your Darlings, before and after Bil Batori

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Shakespeare famously said, All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts. Art has not been seen as a dignified profession in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Insert-Arshad Khan) given to its sub-continental...

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