Imran Malik

  • TPulwama brought Kashmir, the world’s most sensitive nuclear flashpoint to the fore! This horrendous Indian faux pas will turn out to be a colossal watershed in the enigmatic geopolitical and geostrategic dimensions of this region. Where it emphatically crystallized the strategic balance ...

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  • TPost Pulwama and the misadventure across the LOC the frustrations of the Indian nation have predictably peaked. Its attempt to unequivocally stamp its hegemony over Pakistan has backfired miserably. Their larger than life image of themselves that borders on the surreal and the mythical has clearly ...

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  • TThe brutalisation of Kashmir continues unabated. It is still occupied by well over half a million Indian soldiers. This is the highest concentration of hostile soldiers per civilian anywhere in the world. The Kashmiris (and the Palestinians) are the most dehumanised peoples under hostile occupation ...

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  • TThe Afghan peace process has made an uncertain start and has as yet many a mile to go and many a hurdle to cross till it reaches fruition. There are and will be many contentious issues that will need deft and masterful handling to resolve. However, it must first be determined which end state do ...

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  • TUS Afghan Campaign continues to totter along undefined paths towards an as yet undetermined end state. The US is now not the only power dominating the strategic environment in Afghanistan; the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani Network (TTA/HN) have staked competing claims too. The aims, objectives and end ...

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  • TThe US’ Afghan policy is in total disarray and consequently its Afghan Campaign has gone awry too. It suffers from a persistent mission creep, insufficient force levels, meek operational strategies, an uncertain strategic direction, an ambiguous desired end state and a chronic dearth of ...

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  • TPakistan is the virtual fulcrum around which much of the geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-economic future of the Afghanistan Pakistan Region, (APR), the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) and largely the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) is now evolving. No power including the US, China or Russia ...

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  • TThe US has apparently made an adjustment in its policy towards South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. This is epitomised by President Trump’s U-Turn in re-engaging Pakistan much against the run of persistently worsening US-Pakistan relations. Through his missive to PM Imran Khan ...

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  • TTwo devastating terrorist attacks, one in Orakzai Agency and the other in Karachi have heralded the intensification of the Hybrid War (HW) against CPEC and Pakistan’s future. These terrorist attacks have clearly underscored the growing inevitability of the CPEC- BRI Combine in geopolitical, ...

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  • TThe Trump Presidency is most mercurial and unpredictable in nature. The rapid-fire “hirings and firings” at the Secretary and senior most levels reflect chaos and disarray, weak command and control, fickle-minded team selection, and a rampant lack of confidence amongst his staff. It is ...

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  • TIndia’s strategic posturing in the IOR continues unabated. Its acquisition of bases/port facilities at Duqm, Oman and Chahbahar, Iran in particular pose real threats to Pakistan and its interests in the region. These positions straddle the Hormuz Straits and place Pakistan’s SLOCs and ...

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  • TChina’s OBOR initiatives have caused extreme consternation to the US-led West and its allies like Japan, Australia, India, et al. The US feels that the OBOR threatens its economic primacy at the global level. It is now creating newer alignments/alliances to manage, contain and counter this ...

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  • TThe strategic environment in the South Central Asian Region (SCAR) and the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) within it is witnessing a massive clash of interests of regional and global powers. All of them are maneuvering menacingly to secure their respective strategic spaces, retaining their areas ...

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  • TThe US is here to stay in the SCAR/APR. Its compulsions to do so include occupying the most central position in the region, Afghanistan, thus acquiring unchallengeable strategic reaches into West, South and Central Asia. This position also gives it unprecedented oversight into China’s ...

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  • TUS’ Afghan policy and military strategy therein have many contradictions. The ambiguous intent, grossly inadequate force levels and resultant operational strategy are hard to fathom, may even be seriously flawed. The operational strategy aims to deny victory to the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani ...

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  • TThe IMCTC’s success depends entirely upon how well it morphs into an effective fighting machine to counter and defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The application of its military forces will require consensus, critical geopolitical considerations, unambiguous decisions and ...

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  • TThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is spearheading an international effort of creating a military coalition of forty one Islamic States (Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition - IMCTC) which will coordinate and unify efforts to counter terrorism at the international/regional levels and in the ...

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  • TAt this particular point in time, the US is engaging Pakistan rather wholesomely. Two top US functionaries are about to set foot in Islamabad. Is it a continuation of the age-old good cop (State Department) - bad cop (Pentagon, CIA) routine or is it truly a paradigm shift to a more realistic ...

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  • TThe only thing surprising about US Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis’ controversial policy statement on the CPEC passing through Gilgit- Baltistan (GB), “so called disputed territory”, is that it took so long in the coming. It almost seemed overdue. It dutifully echoes ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s vicious diatribe against Pakistan has forced a paradigm shift in its policies in the Afghan-Pakistan Region (APR) and beyond. The ingresses made by Iran, India, China and Russia in the region are critically redefining and reshaping it. The region is fast polarising between ...

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  • TThe US appears to be caught in a paradox of its own in the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR). Its Afghan campaign is tottering and has been literally fought to a standstill by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA). Its military has lost its strategic direction and orientation. It seems clueless of ...

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  • T“Offshore balancing” is a strategic concept used in realistic analysis in International Relations. It is a strategy whereby a great power uses favoured regional powers to check the rise of a potential hostile power. Offshore Balancing arguably permits a great power to maintain its power ...

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  • TThe US policy review of the Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) will have to factor in the continuously evolving geopolitical and geostrategic environment and the volatile interstate relations within the region. The US has been the most dominant Asian power for long and is unlikely to brook any ...

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  • TKashmir, the most probable of all global nuclear flashpoints, continues to fester as a bleeding wound on the comatose conscience of the world. The inhuman and criminal Indian Army crackdown against the ongoing indigenous “intifada” in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and the blistering ...

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  • TIndia has occupied critical strategic space on Pakistan’s western flank in Afghanistan and Iran to launch its proxies/terrorists such as the IS, TTP, Jamaat ur Ahraar, BRA, BLA etc into Pakistan. It does so with callous abandon - ostensibly with the host Governments’ knowledge and even ...

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  • TThe Afghanistan Pakistan Region (APR) continues to evolve throwing up massive geopolitical and geostrategic challenges for the two protagonists and the external powers involved. This has been most noticeable during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations during which Russia and ...

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  • T“Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” –William Shakespeare US policy towards the Indo-Pak subcontinent/South Asian region underwent a paradigm shift during the second Clinton Administration. This was essentially based on “A ...

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  • TVipin Narang, an Indian origin nuclear strategist and a Professor at the prestigious MIT made a candid assessment of the emerging dynamics of India’s nuclear strategy at the Carnegie International Conference in Washington recently. He averred that there had been a perceptible paradigm shift ...

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  • TThe IS is strategically on the retreat in the Levant (Syria-Iraq Theater of War). It is reeling under the unrelenting onslaughts from the multitude of forces pitched against it. It has lost moral and physical ascendancy and control of the region ceding about 50,000 square kilometers to US-Iraqi ...

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  • TThe 13th Summit of the ECO that took place in Islamabad recently portends immense economic possibilities for the region. Its basic theme of Connectivity for Regional Prosperity reflects the realisation amongst its peoples that their enormous potential for collective economic development lies ...

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