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India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation

November 1, 2016

By: Gen Kawasaki and Chu Kah Leong The use of drones as a sophisticated means of deterrence and tactical precision has constituted one of the most prominent features of counterinsurgency in the twenty-first century. Represented in this instance by India’s ongoing negotiations for a drone partnership with the U.S., this newfound interest sheds important light … Continue reading “India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation”


Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II

February 8, 2016

By: Zoha Waseem Daesh, otherwise referred to as Islamic State or ISIL, has been expanding its presence around the world beyond its stronghold in Syria and Iraq. In the coming weeks, Strife will be focussing a number of articles more closely on emerging areas of concern in Asia, speaking with practitioners on the ground and … Continue reading “Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II”


Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question

May 13, 2015

By Zoha Waseem: Forty-five members of a minority community, the Ismailis were gunned down while traveling on a bus carrying sixty people in Karachi on the morning of May 13th. The bus belonged to a not-for-profit, Al-Azhar Garden that provided inexpensive housing and transportation to Ismaili residents of Safoora Goth (a neighbourhood on the outskirts … Continue reading “Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question”


Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad

March 31, 2015

By Zoha Waseem: With Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has called upon its trusted and indebted partner Pakistan for support in so-called ‘Operation Decisive Storm’. There has been much speculation over the last few days as to what sort of support Islamabad is considering on providing Riyadh, with … Continue reading “Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad”


Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting

March 30, 2015

By Mackenzie Weinger: In December 2014, reporter Sean Carberry shut the doors of NPR’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau. The United States public radio network had put the bureau’s closure on the calendar back in 2012, deciding to leave the country due to the planned reduction of US troops. After having a bureau in the city since … Continue reading “Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting”


Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

January 19, 2015

By Claire Mennessier: Taliban fighters demobilising in Afghanistan. Photo: Isafmedia (some rights reserved) For the last 25 years Pakistan has been involved in the sponsoring of terrorism on a national and international scale. As a result of its role in the development of terrorism in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir, Pakistan is a good example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism”


Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack

December 16, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: Heart-breaking images from Pakistan’s north-western city of Peshawar flooded news channels around the world today as over 140 people, including 132 children, were killed in one of the deadliest attacks ever to take place in the country. In a rescue operation that lasted over eight hours, six militants associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan … Continue reading “Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack”


The arrival of IS in Pakistan and the politics of the caliphate

September 26, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: * * * While Pakistan remained fixated on the political stalemate between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (PML-N), Imran Khan (PTI) and Tahir ul Qadri (PAT), that is now well into its second month, a foiled attack on a naval dockyard in its financial capital Karachi went unreported for two days by an … Continue reading “The arrival of IS in Pakistan and the politics of the caliphate”


From the Lawyers’ Movement to the August March: The challenges of bringing forth change in Pakistan

August 26, 2014

By Maryyum Mehmood: In the past couple of weeks we have seen the unfolding of yet another political turmoil in Pakistan. Tens of thousands of protesters, a significant number of them women and children, have taken to the streets of the capital, demanding the resignation of current PM Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League … Continue reading “From the Lawyers’ Movement to the August March: The challenges of bringing forth change in Pakistan”


A creative mind? An early assessment of Modi’s foreign policy

July 12, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: As Narendra Modi prepares to depart for the 6th summit of BRICS during what will be the Indian Prime Minister’s first international appearance since being voted into office in May this year, many will observe closely to dissect his meetings with his Brazilian, Russian, Chinese and South African counterparts. Modi’s foreign policy, … Continue reading “A creative mind? An early assessment of Modi’s foreign policy”


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