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The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Spearhead Analysis – 25.04.2014 By Zoon Ahmad Khan Research Analysts, Spearhead Research – Pakistan Without mutual assistance both Afghanistan and Pakistan will lose the war against extremism. For the benign...

Dancing with the Taliban

Spearhead Analysis – 20.06.2013 A very short historical review would be helpful to set the context. Osama bin Laden harnessed the hatred against the US...

AFGHANISTAN: LAND OF TRANSITIONS

By Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal Afghanistan is passing through unfortunate times. Three streams of fragile transition are in progress; all in an indecent haste...

TURKEY’S ROLE IN RESOLVING AFGHAN CONFLICT

By Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal Turkey was able to facilitate a meeting between the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, accompanied by their ministers and...

MELTDOWN OF AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY

American concern about the growing number of “insider attacks” is not new. Infiltration of the Afghan National Army by the Taliban has been a known issue for quite some time. But now the worry focuses on how coalition troops could protect themselves while training members of the Afghan Army and the police. In a startling incident in the western Farah province, during a graduation ceremony of Afghan police, as soon as one policeman was handed-over his official weapon, he quickly turned around and pumped bullets into two of his American trainers who got killed on the spot