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Pranay Kotasthane

Pakistan’s tenuous relationship with violent non-state actors in Afghanistan

Understanding this dynamic is critical to a path to peace in Afghanistan. Following the news confirming Mullah Omar’s death, analysts have evaluated that internal rifts in the Taliban would derail the on-going peace negotiations. However, little has been said about Pakistan’s relationship with the Taliban factions or with militias outside the Taliban fold in Afghanistan. […]

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The eightfold path to India’s nuclear fuel supply security

The eightfold path presents eight principles which will help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. Energy security will continue to remain a critical determinant for India’s growth story. If India expects to resuscitate its economy, the domain of energy security will need immediate and dedicated focus. Moreover, within a few years, 24×7 electricity will become […]

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Tactical or strategic: all nuclear weapons are political by nature

Why Pakistan’s claims to “full spectrum” deterrence are meaningless in the subcontinental context. Two disparate triggers in March 2015 turned the world’s attention to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, yet again. The first was a Stimson Center essay Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Operational Myths and Realities by Jeffrey D McCausland which concluded that the induction of […]

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India’s grand strategy for the 21st century

Piecing together the elements of India’s geostrategy since its independence. A review of Beyond South Asia: India’s Strategic Evolution and the Reintegration of the Subcontinent. The Indian Prime Minister made a whirlwind tour to the Indian Ocean island states of Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius a couple of weeks ago. While some analysts termed this […]

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The last stumbling block

A breakthrough in the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal negotiations is the last step in clearing the path for India and Iran to help Afghanistan in its quest for strategic autonomy Negotiators from the P5+1 nations and Iran are working to reach a political agreement on the nuclear deal by March 31st 2015. These talks that will […]

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Pakistan’s depiction in Homeland: sign of a deeper malaise

The caricatured depiction of Islamabad in the TV series is a pointer to the social, political and economic damages borne by the average Pakistani. Islamabad, a purpose built capital designed by Greek architects, is set on the northern edge of the Potohar plateau, at the foot of the scenic forested Margalla hills. It has much […]

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From a domestic to an international narrative

India has the wherewithal to be less finicky about complying with international rules when they come in the way of national interests. It now looks like the impasse at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over agricultural subsidies has been resolved, although there are a few more procedural hoops to cross. As Michael Froman, the United […]

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A solemn reminder, courtesy Pakistan

Lessons from Pakistan on why we must guard our state from religiosity and our society from majoritarianism. Organised murders and terror strikes stemming from religious fanaticism are unfortunately far too commonplace in the Pakistani society today. Even then, two recent incidents have shaken up the conscience of the ordinary Pakistani. The first incident was the […]

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political interference. As the dust settles in the protracted power struggle between the Pakistani army and the elected leadership, a comparison of the methods employed by the army in similar situations in […]

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Asia’s tryst with constitutionalism

Constitutional breakdowns are indicators of political instability. Political stability, however, by no means is any guarantee for individual liberties. The recent coup d’état in Thailand has reinvigorated the discussion on what causes political instability in nation-states. A few questions emerge: Why is it that some nation-states see frequent coups or extended application of martial laws […]

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