• The Chain of Debt

    Spearhead Analysis – 18.05.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Over the past 70 odd years the external debt and liabilities of Pakistan have risen from around US$40 Billion till June 2007 to approximately US$92 Billion in March 2018 (estimated to cross US$95 Billion by June 2018). The PPP led government …

  • Developments in Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.05.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In December 2017-in efforts to improve Pak-Afghan relations China hosted the First China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue to discuss mutual security and economic prospects. In February 2018, during Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s visit to Afghanistan- the scope of Afghanistan Pakistan …

  • Pakistan-Afghanistan: New Beginning?

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.05.2018 The Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) is the result of considerable multi-tier interaction between Afghanistan and Pakistan and it indicates that President Ashraf Ghani wants to work with Pakistan for peace in his country in spite of all the ups and downs, misunderstandings and …

  • Iran vs. Israel: Winds of War in Syria

    Spearhead Special Report – 09.05.2018 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In 2017, If the military defeat of IS after confrontations in Iraq and Syria with the broad global coalition was the headliner for global news and development, in 2018, the brewing battle between Israel and the Iran-backed Shiite coalition and …

  • The Prince and the Paupers (Part 2)

    Spearhead Analysis – 04.05.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research This is a two-part series chronicling the rise of Mohammad Bin Salman, the young and ambitious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and his grand plans for the future of his country. Part 2 As sweeping changes take place across Saudi Arabia, …

  • Progress on the TAPI pipeline

    Spearhead Analysis – 30.04.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi joined representatives from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and India in Afghanistan’s Herat province this February to inaugurate, at present one of the most extensive energy projects in the region, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Following the …

  • The Prince and the Pauper (Part 1)

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.04.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research This is a two-part series chronicling the rise of Mohammad Bin Salman, the young and ambitious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and his grand plans for the future of his country. Part 1 On 21 June 2017, Mohammad Bin Salman Al …

  • Pakistan’s Growing Dependency on China

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.04.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research For several years now, Chinese financial assistance has been an important source of support for Pakistan’s economy. China was Pakistan’s largest lender in the year 2017. Since then, Chinese support has only further intensified; according to reports, China recently offered …

  • Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi reform and Limitations

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.04.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently embracing daring changes under the tutelage of the crown prince MBS. While speaking to international investors in Riyadh back in October 2017, MBS stated that “We are returning to what we were …

  • The Path to be Taken

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.04.2018 Over the past several months there has been much concern over the cease fire violations on the LOC (Line of Control) in Kashmir– and much speculation over the reason for a policy by India that is leading to needless loss of lives on both sides, because Pakistan …