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Pakistan wants to renew engagement, but can it deliver?

Maroof Raza Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs) In reality, what irks Pakistan the most is to be ignored by India – as was the case following the attack on the IAF’s Pathankot airbase. References to Pakistan and how to deal with it seems to be as much a part of the …

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US Designation of Revolutionary Guards Risks Escalation

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,139, April 12, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, and the Iranian response, has potentially put US military personnel in the region in harm’s way. The designation increases economic pressure on Iran because …

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Managing a slowing economy

IN case you’ve missed it, there have recently been a slew of forecasts that say the economy is likely to slow to less than 3.5 per cent GDP growth this year (from 5.8pc last year), and next year will be even more difficult as it is expected to contract further to 2.5pc …

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CPEC Emboldens China and Pakistan’s Joint Effort to Manage Militancy

China is doubling down on Pakistan – and this time, it’s determined to keep militancy from damaging the relationship. By Saira H. Basit Chinese General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), chose to describe military cooperation as the “backbone” of China-Pakistan relations in a meeting with the Pakistani …

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s land of mass graves

Quetta, a few days ago. In the Dasht Tera Mil area, volunteers of the Edhi Foundation buried twelve dead bodies without any identification. The bodies were decomposed beyond recognition and no DNA test had been done on them by the authorities. According to the volunteers, it is not the first …

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Muzzling critical voices

IT would be comical — if it weren’t for the fact that it so perfectly encapsulates how shrunken the space for free speech and expression in Pakistan now truly is. More alarming still is the seeming enthusiasm of civil authorities to take a page out of the fascist’s playbook to …

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Balochistan: A powder keg at a geopolitical crossroads

By: James Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped by anger, fea, and uncertainty. Local residents are hardly awaiting with …

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Balochistan’s Great Internet Shutdown

For 2 years and counting, Kech district’s mobile internet has been shut off for “security reasons.” By Shah Meer Baloch TURBAT, PAKISTAN — Holding his files and report, the journalist enters and leaves office after office with disappointment, finding no internet in that building either. He has already traveled some 50 …

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China and Saudi Arabia: The Global Ambitions of Mohammad bin Salman

Insights from James Dorsey. By Mercy A. Kuo Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is the 180th in “The Trans-Pacific …

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India’s Balakot strikes were long time coming, but only Pakistan can end terrorism

Trump must focus on ensuring that Pakistani terrorism against India (and Afghanistan) is defeated for the larger success of US geopolitical interests in Asia. ASHLEY J. TELLIS The crisis surrounding the recent Indian air strikes on Pakistan at Balakot has subsided—for now. But the confusing welter of claims and counterclaims …

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