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India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?

March 6, 2019

By Axel Dessein 6 March 2019 Next to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and the premature ending of Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Vietnam’s Hanoi, it seems somewhat odd that the risk of war between the two nuclear-armed countries India and Pakistan was only the third newsworthy item last week. In … Continue reading “India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?”


Will India and Pakistan Go To War?

February 28, 2019

By Saawani Raje 28 February 2019    “Will India and Pakistan ever go to war?” This question has gained new significance since Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets early on the morning of 27th February and captured the pilot of one. For Pakistan, this escalation makes sense if you consider the escalation pyramid explained … Continue reading “Will India and Pakistan Go To War?”


Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia

By Kamaldeep Singh Sandhu 28 February 2019    The current situation In the early hours of 26 February 2019, twelve Indian Mirage-2000 aircrafts carried out an air raid in Balakot, Pakistan, in retaliation of a suicide attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (paramilitary force used for internal security) convoy in Pulwama near Srinagar in Jammu … Continue reading “Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia”


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”


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