Neighbourhood Studies
The US about turn on F-16s for Pakistan: Is it for real?

The US Congress about turn on the supply of F-16 advanced fighter aircraft for Pakistan appears less to do with policy and more an action borne out of frustration; a temporary inconvenience for Pakistan. According to the deal, Pakistan would have p

China’s Road & Belt Initiative: Indian Perspective

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, which was first proposed in September 2013 and combines the twin initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, is a grand concept that envisions China girdling the globe. Potential

विदेश सचिवों की बैठकः स्पष्टवादी, हां; रचनात्मक, नहीं

नई दिल्ली में ‘हार्ट ऑफ एशिया’ सम्मेलन के दौरान भारत और पाकिस्तान के विदेश सचिवों की बैठक में क

Indo-Pak Dialogue - Who Pulled The Plug?

Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, Abdul Basit’s April 7, 2016 reply to a question regarding the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries that, "There is no meeting scheduled for now. I think at present the peace process is suspended", has led to a

Foreign Secretaries Meeting: Frank, Yes; Constructive, No

‘Still on square one’, pretty much sums up the meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ Senior Officials meeting in New Delhi. In fact, the meeting was such a non-event that even th

Does India Have A Plan ‘B’ (Balochistan)

Balochistan has, for some years now, become something of a buzzword in India to score some debating points over Pakistan. In the process, India has done great disservice to the Baloch who are waging a lonely battle against the might of the Pakistani

A Not-So Well Scripted Spy Story

If there is anything that the Pakistani spook service really lacks, it is good script-writers, which is surprising considering that Pakistan has a surfeit of writers who pen fairly plausible dramas. The manner in which the entire screen-play of the s

Upgraded Sino-Pak Relationship Increases Pressure on India

At times individual events irreversibly change the dynamics of regional geopolitics and texture of bilateral relations. Xi Jinping’s well publicised two day (April 20-21, 2015) visit to Pakistan, barely three weeks prior to Indian Prime Minister Na

Pak-Bangladesh Diplomatic Spat: Tip of the Iceberg

Recent months have seen Pakistan and Bangladesh expelling each other’s diplomats and ‘summoning’ each other’s envoys to lodge ‘strong’ protests. The expulsions and ‘summoning’ are just the tip of the iceberg, reflective of a deeper ma

Pakistan and The Saudi-Iran Face-Off

Pakistan’s diplomatic plate is full. The skill of its leadership and diplomats is being tested as they negotiate an unfolding regional situation. There are at least four key external issues that require immediate attention: to keep the Indo-Pak pea

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