• RUPEE: DEVALUATION OR ADJUSTMENT

    Spearhead Analysis – 12.12.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research In early July 2017 the financial markets in Pakistan witnessed a sudden and unexpected 3.1% decline in the value of the Rupee against the US dollar, leading to somewhat of a panic situation in the market, and sparking a shortage as …

  • The US- Pakistan Relationship

    Spearhead Analysis – 06.12.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Pakistan-US ties are once again in an uncertain position. The core differences remain over the path to progression in the Afghan conflict and US demands from Pakistan. As articulated by the US Secretary of Defense during his recent …

  • Iran-Saudi rivalry: Options for Pakistan

    Spearhead Special Report – 05.12.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Pakistan shares deep socio-religious linkages and has common security and economic interests with both, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Ideally, Pakistan aspires to remain neutral in the Iran-Saudi rivalry, while continuing to deepen ties with both nations. However, Pakistan’s …

  • CPEC: Enhancing Pakistan-China Cultural Exchange

    Spearhead Special Report – 04.12.2017 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research With a massive network of motorways, railways, hydropower, and developmental projects, the $60 billion worth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is set to give a new dimension to Pakistan’s economy and development in the coming years. Connecting Pakistan’s deep-sea Gwadar …

  • Morphing Threats

    Spearhead Opinion – 29.11.2017 9/11 triggered a US response that has had, and continues to have, far reaching consequences. The response was not a knee jerk reaction but was a carefully thought out strategy for total or full spectrum dominance that has been a consistent US ambition. 9/11 provided the …

  • Securing CPEC

    Spearhead Analysis – 24.11.2017 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Last year, an agreement between two longstanding allies in Asia, led to the creation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  Both countries expect CPEC to usher in an era of economic and geopolitical partnership, that can not only reinvigorate Pakistan’s ailing economy, …

  • Thank You Major!

    Spearhead Analysis – 23.11.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Yesterday was a sad day as 28-year old Major Ishaq lost his life while engaged in an operation to clean up terrorist hide-outs in DI Khan. The image of the smiling young Major holding his one-year old beaming daughter in his …

  • Broad Alliances and the Unpredictable Middle East Realities- Part II

    Spearhead Analysis – 23.11.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Link to Part I The ‘post conflict’ Middle Eastern order is yet to define its concrete contours. The disruption of old regional balances that has been on-going since 2002, created power vacuums and paved way for forces of terror …

  • Growth Trajectory: Pakistan Automotive Sector

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.11.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. (E. B. White) The Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) has released the October 2017 data for automotive assembly and manufacturing, showing robust growth across the sector. During July …