• 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 …

  • The Land of Opportunities

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.07.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” – Sun Tzu Interesting times lie ahead of us, where the Great Game of power is being played on a larger canvas with new players jostling through for any opportunity to …

    New Great Game
  • US, India and China’s OBOR Initiative

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.07.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research With both India and China refusing to back down, the stand-off at the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China is nowhere near over. Instead, the skirmish seems to be heating up as China recently upped its fleet presence in the Indian Ocean. …

  • The Qatar Crisis

    Spearhead Opinion – 17.07.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Pakistan is faced with yet another diplomatic quandary—this time concerning Qatar. The standoff between Qatar and its neighbors began as a means to put pressure on the Qatari government to end its support for Hamas and other Islamist groups. As demands …

  • A Mad Tea Party

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.07.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for Panamagate, endorsed and mandated by the Supreme Court, has completed its work and submitted their findings. Over the past two months, and more, the people of Pakistan have been bombarded by information and disinformation and …

  • The Corruption-terrorism-war nexus: Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.07.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Abstract: A first in series of its ‘lessons learned’ reports. SIGAR examines the risks of corruption to the US mission in Afghanistan. “Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the US experiences in Afghanistan” published in September 2016 aims to highlights the US …

  • Pakistan-US: Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.07.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Abstract: A  DoD report titled “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan”  (DoD disclaimer: The report is not intended to be the single source of information about combined efforts or future strategy for Afghanistan)  –published in June 2017, is a fifth in …

  • JIT REPORT: what follows..

    Spearhead Opinion – 12.07.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Panama Leaks case, highly controversial but equally publicized, is expected to finally reach its zenith. Months of media attention, unnerving political uncertainty, wavering public opinion, and calls for institutional accountability have come to a conclusion; whether the case will darken …

    JIT Report
  • Pride not Pity

    Spearhead Opinion – 07.07.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research ‘Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” [Regina Brett] As if one crisis is not enough, Pakistan seems to thrive on multiple crises. It could be political, economic, media, or social. The …

  • CPEC – A Game Changer

    By Baqar Abbas Naqvi Nations thrive when they plan ahead for future. Myopic policy making is metaphorically considered suicidal for nations. Progressive cultures and sustained development efforts leave lasting impressions on timelines of history. China inherits philosophical thoughts from the great Confucius. Pakistan is lucky to have China as its …