• Developments in Afghanistan – 5

    Spearhead Analysis – 21.01.2019 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The US and the Afghan Taliban have been engaged in talks since 2018- rounds of talks were held episodically. In July 2018 US officials held meetings with representatives of the Afghan Taliban in Doha, a second meeting- spearheaded by …

    Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Zalmay Khalilzad
  • Change or More of the Same

    Spearhead Opinion – 16.01.2019 The Chief Executive Officer of the Pakistan International Airlines—a serving Pakistan Air Force Officer—was seen on television saying that he had not fired a single employee of the airline and all those who had been relieved of their jobs were those identified by the court as …

    New Chief Justice of Pakistan
  • Different Perspectives

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.01.2019 Right now different perspectives exist on the state of the state of Pakistan. Basically there are two views and these are diametrically opposed to each other with no real middle ground on which you could hang your hat and say that this is the reality. If this …

  • India’s Afghanistan Policy

    Spearhead Special Report – 09.01.2019 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research As the United States plans its exit from Afghanistan, the international community is widely anticipating the return of the Taliban to Kabul. The Taliban are expected to take the reins, either as part of a weakly enforced coalition supporting …

  • US Government Shutdown: Democrats Refuse to Back Down

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.01.2019 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On June 16, 2015, a press conference was called at the Trump Towers in Manhattan. The consensus among the press members was that, after years of deliberation, Donald Trump, the popular property developer and reality television star, would be announcing …

  • Multi-faceted Challenges

    Spearhead Opinion – 08.01.2019 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The economy of Pakistan is confronted by some major challenges as highlighted by Dr. Farrukh Saleem in his recent article – Alarm Bells. Four key takeaways were: Net international reserves stand at a negative US$11 Billion. The rupee has fallen …

  • 2018 – A New World Order in Review

    Spearhead Special Report – 03.01.2019 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research 2018 was a year of erratic belligerence. World politics shifted from a rules-based international order to a time of populist uprisings, a greater international diffusion of power, increasingly militarized foreign policies, and shrinking space for multilateralism and diplomacy. For the better …

  • Khashoggi murder prompts cabinet reshuffle

    Spearhead Analysis – 01.01.2019 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research “I can’t breathe”. These are said to be the heartbreaking last words of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was murdered in cold blood by a team of Saudi operatives at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. His body was then …

  • Shifting Gears

    Spearhead Analysis – 28.12.2018 Recently a media report stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had identified ‘state failure’ as the reason for the present state of affairs in Pakistan. If indeed he said this, then truer words were never spoken. What we are being told through JIT reports and investigative journalism …

  • Malnutrition- A global dilemma

    Spearhead Special Report – 27.12.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The great American writer and social reformer Frederick Douglass once remarked that “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men”. While it may be a stereotypical thing to say, children truly are the future, and …