• The US-China Trade War

    Spearhead Analysis – 18.07.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Escalating US-China trade war tensions, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods this month. Along with this announcement, President Trump said he would impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports if Beijing dared …

  • Election Fever

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.07.2018 The former PM and his daughter were convicted while abroad. They chose to return to Pakistan because it was in their political and personal interest to do so. The legal process of appealing against their conviction could only be set in motion once they returned and now …

  • FOREIGN POLICY REVIEW: PML-N, PPP, PTI

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.07.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The upcoming General Elections 2018 will soon determine what shape the government assumes. Presently, the discourses are fueled by an array of speculations- the major political parties have released their official manifestos- defining the contours of their aspired way …

  • A CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE

    Spearhead Analysis – 12.07.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research In a recent move the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) detained the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Chairman and Summit Bank Vice Chairman Mr. Hussain Lawai, along with three other Bankers for interrogation in a money laundering case. There is widespread speculation, given …

  • The Conviction and Beyond

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.07.2018 The former PM, his daughter and her husband stand convicted. They have a long judicial process ahead of them as they go into appeals and judicial reviews of the judgment that convicted them. There will be a reaction from their party members—almost mandatory as we have seen …

  • Delimitation Issues

    Spearhead Analysis – 03.07.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Pakistan’s constitution mandates national census to be held every 10 years.  Despite that, the census was conducted in 2017 after a long delay since the last held exercise in 1998.  This delay also pushed the census close to the …

  • US Withdraws from UNHRC

    Spearhead Analysis – 02.07.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Drawing criticism from world leaders and human rights groups alike, the United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC has had a long history of leading investigations and enquiries into the status of human …

  • Debate on the organisations of insurgences in Afghanistan and Syria

    Spearhead Issue Brief – 28.06.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Spearhead report on a talk by Dr Antonio Guistozzi in Islamabad.  Key Points by the speaker: Peshawar Shura & Haqaani Network- centralised command structures Quetta Shura- Decentralised. In the recent past Quetta shura has attempted to centralise the …

  • So Who is Funding the War in Yemen?

    Spearhead Analysis – 28.06.2018 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In early April 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reported that the Yemen crisis had become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Caught in the crossfires of the budding rivalry of Iran and Saudi Arabia since 2015, Yemen has found itself geographically and idealogically in …

  • PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: PERSPECTIVES & OPTIONS

    Spearhead Special Report – 27.06.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Recently, Afghanistan witnessed an alternate vision of co-existence when the Afghan Government along with US support called for a unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban.  The Taliban also conceded to an Eid Truce. After years of fighting, a glimpse …