• Viewpoint – Export Sector of Pakistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.10.2017 By Anam Saeed Research Analyst, Spearhead Research For the last couple of years, the economic headlines in Pakistan have oscillated between differing viewpoints of the Government, opposition parties and some eminent Economists. A lot has been written on the different aspects of the economy such as the Gross Domestic …

  • The Syrian Question; Reconfiguring State Construct Post-IS

    By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Six years into the Syrian civil war, the reign and security of President Bashar-ul-Assad’s regime is secured – but it is increasingly viewed as a facade for it is said to lack the strategic premise for reuniting the country. The sharply differing interests of Russia, …

  • Duty Enhancement – Another Knee-jerk Reaction?

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.10.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The debt burden or deficit levels by themselves are not a particularly worrisome factor. Countries such as the USA are operating with far higher levels of debt and deficits than Pakistan. The danger is the relative inability of a government to …

  • India and Iran: In the name of Friendship…and Opportunity

    Spearhead Analysis – 18.10.2017 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The past few years have been extremely kind to the Indian Economy. In 2015, they eclipsed China as the fastest growing economy in the world, with a growth rate of 7.6%. IMF’s World Economic Outlook Database from April 2017 identified them …

  • PAKISTAN-US-AFGHANISTAN: The Way Forward

    By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On August 21st President Trump unveiled the broad contours of the US Afghan and South Asian Strategy. The resolve- as announced- seeks to find favourable enduring outcomes of the US investments and sacrifices in Afghanistan. The US perceives that exiting Afghanistan under the current …

  • Growing Proximities

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.10.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Japanese Prime Minister last month along with his Foreign Minister Taro Kono made a surprise visit to a Chinese event marking China’s National Day and the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations. The Asahi Shimbun reported that PM Abe …

  • Iran & Pakistan: A study

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.10.2017 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research To call the relationship between Pakistan and Iran complicated, would be putting it lightly. Even though the bond between the two nations can be traced back hundreds of years, the divides between them are even greater today. Unlike Pakistan’s neighbors to …

  • Subverting security narratives; Pakistan on damage control

    Spearhead Analysis – 05.10.2017 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research India and Pakistan did not disappoint the world at the 72nd UNGA meeting. PM Abbasi highlighted Indian atrocities and the flagrant abuse of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir where a revolt against Indian occupation is in full swing with no signs …

  • Pakistan: Defying the odds

    The road traffic in a country is a good barometer of its level of discipline, education and mannerisms. There was a time when smartly turned out traffic cops and motor-bike riding sergeants manned the roads of Pakistan and traffic rules were followed and implemented. This was when traffic signals worked …

  • US objectives in Afghanistan: Options for Pakistan

    The US strategy in Afghanistan has never indicated with any certainty the end state sought by the US and the strategy for achieving that state. Without this overarching direction the US strategy has never been translated into achievable military and political objectives. This, more than anything else is the primary …