• US-Russia: Broadening the board

    Spearhead Analysis – 26.04.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Trump’s campaign days’ declarations of prospective overtures to Russia, seem to drift more and more into the doldrums. Trump’s shift appears to emanate both from a blend of – reconciling with certain ingrained policies and recognizing areas in which US …

  • CONCESSIONS AT WHAT COST?

    Spearhead Analysis – 25.04.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Much has been written about the dwindling inflows for Pakistan from Inward Workers’ Remittances, Exports, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); and, the rising outflows from Imports, Debt Repayment, and Repatriations. The government has been placing increasing reliance on borrowings to plug …

  • The Trump-Xi Summit and the Taiwan Issue

    Spearhead Analysis – 24.04.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On April 7 the first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was held at the Trump-Xi summit. Organized at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s estate in Florida, the meeting was meant to be a ‘bonding exercise’ set up …

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  • The Empty Senate

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.04.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Parliaments across the world are not only the highest legislative authority, but are the backbone of any democratic order. Elected politicians represent the will of the people, enact precedent setting laws, debate the affairs of the state, and contribute to political, social, …

  • A Life’s Worth: Health Security in Pakistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.04.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research “Health is a human right, not a privilege to be purchased” – Shirley Chisholm It was not long ago that the world realized that security encompassed more than just prevailing ideas about the exercise of power, within and between countries, …

  • Chabahar and Gwadar: Opportunities and Challenges

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.04.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research China has relentlessly used economic pacts to serve its strategic objectives. While benefitting from the economic advantages of Chinese pacts, states have also been fearful of China’s potential demographic and cultural clout. These economic pacts have brought foreign investment on the …

  • Afghanistan: The evolving national politics

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.04.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Afghanistan’s development process continues to witness hiccups, one of the key reasons attributed to these lags is the nation’s political disunity. The intense discords that preceded the 2014 elections created the  ‘out of the box’ power sharing solution. But, that …

  • SPY vs SPY

    Spearhead Analysis – 14.04.2017 Kulbushan Yadav is a serving officer in the Indian Navy. He was arrested while on a false passport that identified him as ‘Patel’. After his arrest he confessed to being an agent of India’s intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) working under the cover of being …

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  • US and the evolving Afghan strategy

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.04.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research As the Trump administration recovers from transitional lags; the world waits for a clear direction on its Afghan policy. The US Secretary of State recently offered an insight on the possible US objectives; – an eventual political settlement between the …

  • Transformational Shift

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.04.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The winds of change appear to be upon us. The world is experiencing a transformational shift with rapid changes in allegiances and alliances. China is emerging as a dominant player not just regionally, but in a global context. The influence of …

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