Munir Akram

Pakistan’s Moscow option

There are many areas where mutually beneficial cooperation can be promoted between Islamabad and Moscow.

Three queens

The modern ‘game’ of world politics is complex and multi-dimensional.

Pakistan’s ‘war on terrorism’

The North Waziristan operation is unlikely to be fully successful since it lacked the vital element of surprise.

The gates of hell

The neutralisation of ISIS will have to be achieved by a combination of political and military means.

Don’t do stupid stuff

What has Obama’s cautious foreign and security policy achieved?

Engaging Modi

THE invitation to Nawaz Sharif and other Saarc leaders from Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to attend his...

Dangers of nuclear discrimination

A NUCLEAR South Asia became a more dangerous place when the Bush administration ‘de-hyphenated’ policy towards...

Democracy’s darker dividends

DEMOCRACY is a process for governance by popular consent and the peaceful transfer of power. Periodic elections are...

The Asian challenge

ALTHOUGH the world attention is focused today on a new ‘Cold War’ in Europe, it is in Asia that the prospects of...

No policy clarity

AT present, the pervasive characteristic of Pakistan’s security policies — regarding the TTP, Afghanistan and...

Chicken à la Kiev

THE most renowned culinary offering named for Ukraine’s fair capital is probably not being consumed extensively in...

Playing Russian roulette

EUROPE and the United States have successfully encouraged a revolt against Viktor Yanukovych, the inept and corrupt,...

Mainstreaming Modi

IN February 2002, 2,000 Muslim men, women and children were killed by Hindu mobs in India’s Gujrat state. A ...

It’s mostly about N-Pakistan

IN a New York Times report of Jan 27, US officials have admitted what some Pakistanis have long asserted: that the...

Revolt and renaissance

MUCH of the Muslim world — from the Maghreb to the Indonesian archipelago — is in the throes of violent change....

Challenges: known and unknown

DURING the six months of the current government, there have been few changes on major national issues. Given the...

The tripolar order

WHILE all politics is local, specific issues and events are also affected by the push and pull of global power...

Iran deal: regional view

THE ‘interim’ agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme reached in Geneva two weeks ago was a seminal event in...

Pakistan’s poverty dozen

AT independence in 1947, Pakistan was a poor country. But it was richer than China, India and many other currently...