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Trump’s India Visit Underscores ‘America First’ in South Asia Ties

In the last week of February, President Donald Trump paid maiden visit to India. It was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties in multiple domains between the two ‘allies’. This included mutual cooperation in Indo-Pacific, defence, maritime security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, secure 5G networks, and combating...

2019: A testing year in foreign policy

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Economic concerns largely shaped foreign policy last year, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Foreign policy is often described as a fire fighting job with the goal of avoiding the worst. Year 2019 underscored that as Pakistan continued to face multiple challenges on the...

Afghan Peace Deal: Deadlock Continues

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab looks at all the factors that are obstructing a peace agreement in Afghanistan Talks between the United States and Taliban over a peace deal have resumed in Doha after a hiatus of nearly three months, but the prospects for...

Fruits of the Deal?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab There are no new F-16 sales to Pakistan. But a maintenance project for the existing fleet may be in the offing, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to the United States has led to the US State Department...

Afghanistan Peace Deal: A Way Forward

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab President Trump told PM Imran exactly what he wanted to hear. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why It is rare that an American president tells a Pakistani leader exactly what he wants to hear, and specifically something that causes some serious heartburn among...

Troubled Ties: Trump, Khan to Meet After Frosty Year

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the United States will perhaps be one of his most important overseas trips since he took office nearly 11 months ago after the general elections. Khan will begin his maiden official visit to Washington –...

US, Taliban to resume talks

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Germans are also playing a role in the new plan. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains how The United States and Afghan Taliban will begin their seventh round of talks in Doha tomorrow (Saturday, June 29). This time, there seems to be unusual optimism...
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