• 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 …

  • India and Pakistan Join the SCO

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.08.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The entry of Pakistan and India in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) marks a new phase in the SCO’s development. The recent entries’ agreement to work together was met with varying levels of hopeful optimism. Several Chinese analysts argued this could be …

  • The March of Folly

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.08.2017 This analysis on Pakistan’s 70th birthday takes its title from the superb book by Barbara Tuchman wherein she writes with penetrating clarity about one of the most bizarre and fascinating paradoxes in history: the persistent pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests—policies that have …

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread

    Spearhead Analysis – 07.08.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) issued its verdict and with the stroke of a pen Mr. Nawaz Sharif ceased to be the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. On the surface it appears that Mr. Sharif was disqualified not on the …

  • Afghanistan: NUG’s fragility and tackling terrorism

    Spearhead Analysis – 03.08.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Political contentions are innate to any state’s political arena. In this sense, Afghanistan is no different— various groups bound to find themselves at loggerheads, at some point, in the multiethnic Afghan cauldron, eventually. Oppositions, also cater to perpetuating a system …

  • Re-orienting Pak-US ties

    Spearhead Opinion – 01.08.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Owing to obscurity, Hegel’s philosophy comprises of diverse interpretations. A personal view—supports Hegel’s designation as a ‘mystic logician’. Furthermore, as a personal view— The mystic Hegel, seemed driven to understand the ‘Absolute’ idea/truth, which, to him had to be the …

  • The King is Dead…Or is He?

    Spearhead Analysis – 31.07.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research With the drop scene of the Panamagate trial, the Prime Minister has been dismissed. The surprising part is that he has not been dismissed over corruption or Panamagate allegations, but rather due to the failure to disclose an income of Dhs. …

  • A Social Commentary

    Spearhead Analysis – 31.07.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research More often than not I find myself in the most crowded of places with the most deafening silence regarding issues that plague those who’ve lost their voices in the noise and clamor of agendas pushed forward by the few – …

  • 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 …