• Rising Paranoia: The 24 Hour Coup

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.07.2016 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The concept of ‘democratic consolidation’ is one that asserts that when a democracy is stable and unwavering in its functionality, and possesses all the features of a mature democracy, it stands no chance of collapsing. Any dissent in public opinion …

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  • THE CHILCOT CONFIRMATION

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.07.2016 Thirteen years after the US-UK orchestrated invasion of Iraq and seven years after he started work Sir John Chilcot has produced a most exhaustive 12 volume report on Britain’s decision to join the US in a war that undoubtedly was a supreme folly. This war has spawned …

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  • THE GLASS HALF FULL

    Spearhead Analysis – 04.07.2016 There have been several events that need to be considered for their direct and indirect impact on Pakistan. The bomb attacks in Kabul that point to the resilient capacity of the Afghan Taliban. The US decision to prolong the stay of US troops in Afghanistan and to …

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  • 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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