National Security Dilemma

August 20, 2013 7:54 pm0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Ever since the discourse on formulating a comprehensive national security policy launched, the overwhelming political and expert response has reinforced a sense of “inability” about the national security situation. As a result, the capability to plan for the future and think about bold initiatives to counter […]

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Relax, Pakistan is not a Fragile State

August 4, 2013 9:02 am0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Michael Foucault argues that the constitutive metaphor of modern governance is the ship; from the seventeenth century onwards, politics had been guiding the ship of the state to a safe a harbour. (“Governmentality”). Under the current security environment, the politics of error has made that safe […]

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Pakistan’s National Security Policy

July 11, 2013 12:34 pm0 comments
Pakistan’s National Security Policy

By Rana Athar  Javed Our nation is the strongest when we comprehend the value of life, rule of law and respect for other beliefs. The sponsors of hate and bigotry therefore must be informed of the dire consequences if they continue to defy the writ of the state. Ostensibly, the […]

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National Security & Espionage

June 28, 2013 9:47 pm0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Leaks are not a problem for the US intelligence community. The general character known to world population now is that release of sensitive information and the process in the way a whistle-blower develops his/her intentions to discharge the “national duty” receives massive media coverage. According to […]

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US, Karzai and Taliban

June 21, 2013 8:02 pm0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Instead of full cooperation to facilitate a very complex peace process between Afghan Taliban and the US in Qatar, President Karzai is antagonistically opposing the spirit of comprehensive peace. Without waiting for the Americans to “fix confusion” around this multi-level peace plan, Mr. Karzai’s propaganda manipulation […]

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Israel, Iran & Changes in Middle East

June 15, 2013 8:16 am0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Middle East is passing through historical turmoil, and “nation states are collapsing”. The role of political Islam is regularly impacting societies and a vast majority of Muslim population is now displaced in “no-man’s-land” or living under inhuman conditions in camps at the borders of Turkey and […]

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What next for US?

June 8, 2013 6:04 am0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Let us be brutally honest and realistic that no victory for the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, so expect a lot of assumed scenarios and, planning to contain potential chaos and civil war, in fact pretext for staying beyond 2014. NATO military planners would be […]

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Peace & Democracy

June 1, 2013 8:10 am0 comments

A democratic transition can be utilized to preempt the decision-making thereby strategizing a future plan for a state, which has been victim of chaos, manufactured perception that a country with history of wars does not possess the capacity to function as a democratic nation. The latter assessment lacks substantial elaboration, […]

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US Counterterrorism Policy & Peace

May 25, 2013 7:36 am0 comments

By Rana Athar Javed Decades of war in Afghanistan have resulted in death and destruction to hundreds of thousands innocent people. The continuous cycle of violence has engulfed other countries and thus generated concerns that peace even in distant future is unlikely. “War is properly understood as a method of […]

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Drone strikes in Pakistan have fallen sharply: NYT

May 23, 2013 5:30 am0 comments
Drone strikes in Pakistan have fallen sharply: NYT

NEW YORK, May 22: Ahead of President Obama’s long-awaited address on drones at Washington’s National Defence University on Thursday, the New York Times said that drone strikes in Pakistan have fallen sharply since their peak in 2010, perhaps in response to increasing scrutiny of the programme by Congress and the […]

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