• Facing Realities

    Spearhead Analysis – 23.06.2016 Enough has been written and said to drive home the point that Pakistan is facing issues that need to be addressed urgently. This action is necessary to dispel the impression that Pakistan is dysfunctional and incapable of resolving the threats it faces and is likely to face …

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  • Getting it Right

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.06.2016 ‘Extraordinary huddle’ said one headline. ‘First ever meeting of this kind’ said a TV anchor. They were referring to the GHQ (General Headquarters) convened meeting of the civil and military leadership chaired by the COAS (Chief of Army Staff) on June 8, 2016. The COAS was flanked …

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  • The Mullah Mansour Milestone

    Spearhead Analysis – 25.05.2016 President Obama announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a Drone strike in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province near the Pakistan-Afghan border. He did not clarify the confusion created by earlier telephone calls to Pakistani officials whether Pakistan had been informed before the strike …

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  • Recalibrating Pakistan’s Afghan Policy

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.05.2016 By Ayesha N.I. Ahmad Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Context Given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s refusal to come to the table and President Ashraf Ghani’s increasing criticism of Pakistan, the effectiveness and longevity of the Quadrilateral Co-ordination Group (QCG) was already under scrutiny. Therefore, it …

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  • Dancing with India

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.05.2016 In a recent article Ms Manpreet Sethi made three points against Pakistan. These are given in italics below and under each is the Pakistani point of view. —For Pakistan—-nuclear weapons serve the purpose of deterring India’s conventional superiority. The Indian conventional strength bothers Pakistan because it fears …

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  • Civil-Military Relations: An Appraisal

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.05.2016 The civil-military relationship in Pakistan is a much debated and much speculated upon topic. Every single indication is analyzed for some kind of conclusion or pointer that may yield a clue to the state of affairs. Think tanks and analysts at home and abroad thrive on such …

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  • Changing Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Lexicon

    Spearhead Analysis – 05.05.2016 By Ayesha N.I. Ahmad Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Summary Over the last six months the Pakistani leadership has had its plate full in terms of changing geopolitics. Sadly, the internal issues plaguing the nation reflect the lack of real analytical thought at the governmental level. The dearth of …

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  • Groundwork for CPEC gathers momentum

    Spearhead Analysis – 28.04.2016 By Hassaan Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The groundwork for CPEC has started. This project needs no introduction and it will not be farfetched to say that the domestic economy’s strength for better or for worse will be determined by the success of this project and its associated externalities. …

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  • Political Rumblings

    Spearhead Analysis – 27.04.2016 Last Sunday was dubbed ‘political Sunday’ by the media. The PTI, undeterred by the murder of their MPA in KPK by a fellow minority PTI member, was holding a festival in Islamabad’s F-9 park to celebrate their 10th founding day, the JI was holding a protest rally …

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