• Economic Survey: Another Miss

    Spearhead Analysis – 26.05.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Economic Survey 2016-17 revealed a story of misses as the government continues to grapple with issues of inflows and outflows to perform a delicate balancing act. Almost all key economic targets were missed, though there was improvement in some areas: …

  • SOCIAL MEDIA WARRIORS: the government and the campaigners

    Spearhead Analysis – 24.05.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research As Pakistan’s social media space is under strict surveillance following the controversial first of its kind Cyber Crimes Bill, the cyber space is not only heavily monitored but it seems is now also regulated. Social media platforms have provided an impartial neutral …

  • The Afghanistan Puzzle

    Spearhead Analysis – 24.05.2017 From all accounts and reports the conclusions are that the internal situation in Afghanistan is not good. The coalition government in Afghanistan—never a cohesive entity—remains fractured within and beleaguered by the increasingly assertive warlords and the Afghan Taliban who control more than 50% of Afghan territory with …

  • The Afghan war

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.05.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research As the US enters a new phase of the Afghan war under the Trump administration, the most common stance presented by several influential voices seems to be that something needs to change. Pinpointing that ‘something’ in the murky Afghan dynamics …

  • Pakistan-Russia Cooperation in Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.05.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Despite a long history of mutual distrust in the Moscow-Islamabad relationship, Pakistan has emerged as a strong supporter of a greater Russian role in the Afghanistan peace process. Russia’s December 2016 disclosure of communication with Taliban leaders on fighting ISIS revealed …

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  • JADHAV’S CONVICTION AND THE ICJ CASE

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.05.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research South Asian neighbors Pakistan and India have fought a total of four wars since their independence in 1947. What started off as communal inconsistencies in the larger federation of British India has now morphed into two sovereign states fighting over bilateral, regional, …

  • Re-enacting the Silk Road

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.05.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research “Sometimes a journey arises out of hope and instinct, the heady conviction, as your finger travels along the map: Yes, here and here … and here. These are the nerve-ends of the world …”  [Colin Thubron, Shadow of the Silk Road] The …

  • Can India be persuaded to join ‘One Belt, One Road’?

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.05.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Despite mounting pressure from member countries, India has refused to join China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) Initiative—which has more than 60 countries interested and is expected to reshape regional economic and trade relations drastically. India has so far protested over …

  • China Poised To Fill the Emerging Climate Leadership Vacuum

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.05.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research President Trump has launched an all-out assault on Obama’s climate change policies. While the Obama administration worked closely with China to cultivate a global movement to tackle climate change, the new government is committed to abandon all multilateral diplomacy efforts, and …

  • India’s East-West divide

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.05.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The first Trump-Xi meeting suggests that the core mutual areas of Sino-US ties would not be tampered with, anytime soon. But alongside, each party would also continue expanding their -often incongruent-geopolitical interests.  It is not solely a matter of China’s expedited …