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A Deal Too Far?

After months of speculation about an impending peace deal between the US and the Taliban, the failure of the Trump administration to clinch a hard fought negotiated settlement has thrown...
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Second Opinion | The Uri Aftermath: Policy Options for Pakistan in a Changing Security Environment

As Pakistan navigates new bends in a changing regional environment, tensions with India have both raised threat perceptions and stalled efforts to normalise relations. It is in the context of...
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Second Opinion | Foreign Policy in Crisis: Can Pakistan Overcome?

As Pakistan’s foreign policy apparatus comes under fire for failure to perform on multiple fronts, Islamabad’s institutional paralysis is damaging the country’s international standing. With the Foreign Office mandated to do little more than issue reactive statements...
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Suing for Peace after Pathankot: Foreign Secretary-Level Talks

Following months of speculation surrounding the fate of the bilateral dialogue between Pakistan and India, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry met his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar on April 26 in...

After COP21: Does Pakistan have a Climate Change Plan?

A landmark agreement at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Paris this December saw representatives of 195 nations pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will...
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Second Opinion | Resetting India-Pakistan Ties

In the wake of a renewed bout of diplomatic activity in India-Pakistan relations following a tense summer of stalemate, Jinnah Institute asked a select panel of policy experts from Pakistan...
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Gearing for a Reset – India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary Level Talks

In the wake of a tense quarter for Indo-Pak relations and continuing violence on the Line of Control (LoC), the two Foreign Secretaries are finally set to meet this week...
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Obama’s India Visit – Assessing Outcomes

By Fahd Humayun President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to India is being seen as the first real test for Washington and New Delhi – two capitals looking to elevate their...
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New Battle Lines – Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Beyond Zarb-E-Azb

After a summer of airstrikes and ground offensives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the military operation against terrorist sanctuaries in North Waziristan has now entered its second trimester....
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Negotiating with the TTP

Public debate continues to revolve around talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP); with the “month-long” ceasefire coming to a close by the end of March, it remains to be seen whether...
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Weighing in on the Pak-US Strategic Dialogue

After a three-year hiatus, Pakistan and the United States resumed their stalled ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue in Washington this January. Launched in 2010, the Dialogue was left in the cold after...
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Heading into 2014: Challenges Ahead

The foremost challenge to Pakistan remains extremist creed and violence and concomitantly socio-economic development. Addressing these twin challenges will require clear commitment and perseverance. 2014 is a year of transition...
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The AfPak Review as seen in Pakistan

JI seeks Pakistani policy analysts' opinion about the recent AfPak review and the US-NATO strategy for the region THE AfPak review for 2010 is charting a familiar course. It reiterates...
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VP Joe Biden’s Visit to Pakistan

Jinnah Institute seeks Pakistani policy analysts' opinion about US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Pakistan and its strategic implications. US Vice-President Joe Biden's flying visit to Islamabad, followed by the release...
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Pak-US Relations Post OBL and the PNS-Mehran Attack

The Osama Bin Laden episode exposed new fissures between Pakistan and the United States, signalling a clear shift in a bilateral relationship already under considerable strain. While the intrusion of...
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The Thaw in Indo-Pak Relations

In July 2011, Jinnah Institute asked a host of experts their views on the Indo-Pak dialogue process, as well as its goals and limitations. At the time, the Pakistani Interior...
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Cross-border Incursions on the Pak-Afghan Border

Approximately a hundred Taliban militants crossed the border from Afghanistan on June 25th and attacked a Pakistani security patrol near Sunai Kandau in Barawal Tehsil, Upper Dir, killing six soldiers...
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Pak-U.S. Relations and Re-opening of NATO Supply Lines

  "We cannot be left out of the many strategic agreements taking place around us nor can we ignore the bigger economic picture that is slowly taking shape: Pakistan has...
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Restructuring Pak-U.S. Relations

Jinnah Institute hosted its 6th policy discussion on the future of Pak-US relations and invited a panel of leading journalists and policy experts to speak on the issue. Ahmed Rashid,...
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The Afghan Endgame and the future of Pakistan-US relations

President Zardari's attendance at the NATO Summit in Chicago during May 2012 drew an array of responses from the international and local media. The Guardian reported that U.S. President Barack...
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Line of Control: War of Words

The month of January saw new tensions between Indian and Pakistan across the Line of Control, where a ceasefire had been in effect since 2003. The episode led to a...
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The Way Forward for Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

With Pakistan's historic general elections held over the weekend, political party manifestos have come under greater scrutiny among voters, policy experts and media commentators. On foreign policy, there are broad...
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The ICA’s Partial Award on Kishenganga

On February 18th 2013, the International Court of Arbitration gave a partial award in response to Pakistan's appeal over India's Kishenganga project, allowing India to divert waters from the Neelum-Jhelum river...
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Talking to the Taliban

One of the most important talking points in the run-up to Pakistan's May 2013 general elections was the issue of domestic militancy and terrorism, and whether the government should negotiate...
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Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Calibration

Second Opinion is Jinnah Institute's monthly feature on foreign policy and current affairs. The latest issue of Second Opinion combines recommendations by Pakistani experts on foreign policy with observations by...
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The Ambiguity of the APC’s Outcomes

Given the fanfare and expectations surrounding last week's All Parties Conference - the incumbent PML-N government's first experiment in public and political outreach since coming to power a little less...