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Leveraging Iran

By Franc Milburn BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,205, June 21, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Mainstream analysis of the current crisis in US-Iran relations revolves around “maximum pressure” sanctions and potential American military contingencies. There is another move, however, involving a unique set of knights on the regional chessboard – and one …

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Pakistan’s disregard of its Christian community has enabled trafficking of girls into China

Successive governments have failed to update a 1872 law that allows a Christian girl to be married at age 14. Peter Jacob, The Herald Over the last couple of months, several Chinese nationals have been arrested from the central regions of Pakistan for allegedly trying to smuggle local girls to …

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How Sindh’s economy has been facing a downward spiral

Kaiser Bengali Sindh has a dual identity. It has the metropolis of Karachi and then there is the rest of the province. This duality is the defining feature of the provincial economy even though the ‘rest of Sindh’ is further divided into several different economic zones. These include canal-irrigated areas …

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Iran’s Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.

By Benoit Faucon and Sune Engel Rasmussen TEHRAN, Iran—The country’s top paramilitary force is maintaining support for armed groups in the Middle East and finding new sources of funding, defying U.S. efforts to curb its activities abroad as tensions between Washington and Tehran soar following fresh attacks in the Gulf of Oman. …

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No India-Pakistan peace talks in offing at SCO

By: PRAKASH KATOCH The resounding re-election victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kindled speculation of a revival of dialogue with Pakistan. Pakistani PM Imran Khan telephoned to congratulate Modi on his victory. Modi thanked Khan, stressing that creating trust and an environment free of …

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‘Time Is Up’: Pakistan’s Army Targets Protest Movement, Stifling Dissent

By Salman Masood, Mujib Mashal and Zia ur-Rehman ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s powerful military has seemed unstoppable recently in getting what it wants: its favored candidate as prime minister, a victory of sorts in a dogfight with the Indian military, and its media critics hounded into silence or compliance. Now, the Pakistani Army has …

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CPEC cannot transform Pakistan’s growth path

Pakistan must embark on other economic reforms such as increasing tax revenues, measures to attract FDI, more investments in education, health, science and technology to increase local productivity, introducing cashless digital economy and setting up strong regulatory mechanisms.  When the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was announced in 2015, former Pakistan …

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Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

By James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran …

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Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran

Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle’s PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of ‘hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick. By  Alastair Crooke Bernard Lewis, a British-American historian of the Middle East, has been formidably influential …

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Pakistan on a Tightrope

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,176, May 19, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Pakistan risks falling off a tightrope as it attempts to balance its relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Recent developments – including the Baloch nationalist attack on a luxury hotel in the strategic port …

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