Javid Husain

  • TInstead of a unipolar world in which the US dominated the world like a colossus immediately after the end of the Cold War, the trend is now towards multipolarity driven by China’s dramatic economic rise, a re-assertive Russia, and the emergence of new centres of power in different regions. ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s remarks calling for the expansion of Indo-US cooperation in security and other fields at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the Indian expatriates at Houston on 22 September was the latest reminder of the rapidly growing strategic partnership between ...

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  • TModi-led Indian government’s annexation of the Indian occupied Kashmir through the revocation of articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution has added fuel to the fire of the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle which had been re-ignited throughout the occupied territory by the martyrdom of ...

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  • T“Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War   Since independence, India has been the source of a grave and enduring threat to ...

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  • T“The non-Hindu people of Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and language, must learn and respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but of those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture….In a word, they must cease to be foreigners, or may stay ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s willingness to mediate the Kashmir dispute, expressed in his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on 22 July, has stirred a lot of excitement in Pakistan while eliciting a forceful negative reaction from the Indian government. Contrary to the claim made ...

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  • TOnce again a stark choice faces the nation. It is the choice between a constitutional democracy in which the various institutions of the state function in harmony with one another within their constitutionally laid down limits, or a sham democracy marked by institutional clash in which some ...

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  • TIt is a measure of the gross mismanagement of the economy by the PTI government that in a brief period of ten moths it has lowered Pakistan’s GDP growth rate from 5.5% in 2017-18 to 3.3% during the current financial year as against the target of 6.2%, devalued rupee to dollar rate from 115 in ...

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  • TThe landslide victory of Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the latest Indian elections has demonstrated conclusively once again the growing appeal of Hindutva or the extremist version of Hindu nationalism within the Indian electorate. The BJP election campaign cleverly exploited ...

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  • TIn pursuance of its expansionist and hegemonic agenda, the United States has been in the business of regime change in foreign countries for a long time. As the US economic and military power grew over the past two centuries, so did its ambitions. Monroe Doctrine, declared by US President James ...

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  • TThere is no free lunch in international politics. Countries guided by realpolitik offer concessions to other members of the international community only if they expect in return benefits for their own national interests. Policy makers, who do not understand this truism and its implications, and the ...

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  • TPTI virtually waltzed into power last year helped by a populist but deeply flawed and simplistic economic narrative which blamed the alleged corruption by the previous PML(N) and PPP governments for virtually all the economic ills of the country, especially widespread poverty and high levels of ...

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  • TThe proponents of the US-led and the West-dominated international system established in the aftermath of World War II are in the habit of describing it as a rules-based world order which has maintained peace and brought about unprecedented economic prosperity across the globe. This self-serving ...

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  • TForeign policy to be effective must be solidly grounded in realities at national, regional and global levels. A foreign policy which is divorced from ground realities will not only fail to achieve its goals but may also inflict enormous damage upon the nation it is supposed to serve. ...

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  • TPakistan understandably has been on high after PAF gave a bloody nose to IAF in a dogfight downing two of its aircraft and the government acquired moral ascendancy by voluntarily returning to New Delhi the Indian pilot captured on Pakistani soil. On the diplomatic front we sounded the right notes ...

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  • TThe media hype created around the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad in the wake of the Pulwama attack over-emphasised tactical aspects of state policy while obscuring the challenging strategic environment confronting Pakistan. Pakistan’s policy makers, historically ...

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  • TThe PTI government came into power last year, amidst accusations of political engineering and electoral rigging allegedly perpetrated by renegade elements belonging to the deep state, on the basis of a narrative which was deeply flawed and extremely misleading. Having failed in its earlier attempt ...

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  • T“Indian strategists speak openly of a greater India exercising a dominant position in an area ranging from Iran to Thailand. India is also positioning itself to control the Indian Ocean militarily; its naval and air power programs point clearly in that direction—as do politically guided ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s decisions announced last month to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan were a stark reminder of the global strategic reality that the days of the US unipolarity, when the US could virtually dictate to the rest of the world, were over and the world was rapidly ...

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  • TPakistan is once again passing through a critical phase of its history marked by political instability and serious economic problems. The preceding year saw the defeat of the PML(N) governments at the Centre and in Punjab in a highly controversial election tainted with allegations of political ...

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  • TThe inexorable march of events is towards the denouement of the US Afghan war which commenced in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11. The American war in Afghanistan has already turned out to be longest in its history with the loss of the lives of about 2400 American military personnel and over $ 1 ...

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  • TPerhaps carried away by the exuberance of the moment or under the influence of the views of the Indo-US lobby, Prime Minister Imran Khan, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, asked with reference to India, “If France and Germany can move ahead while making (economic) ...

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  • TThere is nothing more important for an independent country than its security so as to safeguard its sovereignty, territorial integrity, economic well-being, and cultural identity. Unfortunately, in some cases leaders and policy makers make the serious mistake of linking national security solely ...

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  • TPrime Minister Imran Khan before and during his recent visit to China has underscored his intention to learn lessons from China’s phenomenal economic progress over the past four decades. The Chinese experience indeed offers a lot from which Pakistan’s policy makers can benefit in the ...

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  • TIt has been Pakistan’s misfortune that its leaders and policy makers, by and large, are accustomed to considering national issues on a short-term, tactical and partial basis instead of taking a long-term, strategic and comprehensive view of those issues. Strategic thinking provides leaders ...

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  • TPTI government’s mini-budget presented on 18 September was a golden opportunity for the new government to come out with bold new policy measures so as to usher in an era of progress and prosperity in accordance with the promises of naya Pakistan. Unfortunately, the new government miserably ...

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  • TPakistan-China friendship undoubtedly has stood the test of time. Since 1963 when the two countries signed the border demarcation agreement, the friendship between the two countries has steadily grown in strength despite the vicissitudes of time and changes of governments on both sides. The secret ...

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  • TUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Pakistan, which was followed by a longer and more productive visit to India, has served to highlight once again the growing Pakistan-US strategic divergence in a marked contrast with the rapidly developing Indo-US strategic partnership. In ...

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  • T“War is too important to be left to the generals.” Georges Clemenceau (French Premier, 1906-1909, 1917-1920)   It is obvious by now that the American military engagement in Afghanistan, which began with the US invasion in the aftermath of 9/11, is gradually but surely moving ...

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  • TThe advent of a new Imran Khan-led PTI government offers a welcome opportunity to reconsider existing internal and external policies in the light of the emerging realities with a view to bringing about improvements where necessary. This is particularly relevant now because Imran Khan and PTI had ...

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