Tag «Pakistan»

02 august
Nikolay Murashkin

The 1966 Tashkent Declaration: A Helping Hand for Institutional Memory?

In June 2016, Tashkent hosted the 15th anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which concluded with the signing of a final declaration. It should be noted that neither the official rhetoric around the summit, nor the majority of the related analytical pieces mentioned another memorable date – the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tashkent Declaration, which established a peace agreement between India and Pakistan. The fact that these two Asian powers are moving toward full-fledged membership in the SCO in 2015–2016 is justly viewed as a success for the organization. The New Asian Perspectives blog has decided to recall the recent diplomatic history.

27 march
Russian Council

Global Perspectives on Space Militarization

The documented history shows that humans all the time had tried to voyage into space. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that this vision was finally achieved. The skill to enter into space today is the outcome of hard work by a series of scientists, thinkers, and leaders. Today, the satellite systems provide vital support in the areas of photographic reconnaissance, communication, surveillance, target acquisition, weather information, navigation, and early warning. The satellites were launched in the outer space; however, their integration into the military has been much accelerated in the last three decades.

12 march
Russian Council

Ahmad Khan: Pakistan’s Missile Conscription and Essence of War

The strategic positivism and determinism inside Pakistan’s military rank-and-file has empowered the military leadership to frame a new military thinking in which war is more than a reality. Shaheen-III is the state-of-the-art military endeavor by Pakistan to fix the missile gaps in South Asia. The technological specifications of Shaheen-III missile, meticulously highlighted the evolving military doctrinal and operational concept of blitzkrieg.

05 march
Zulfiqar Shah

A stone that has to get out of age

Things change a lot. Permanence of the statuesque is beyond possibility. At least, Sindh is changing; if not Pakistan. Much has been discussed about the fall and gradually decline of Pakistan; however we have to watch calculatedly the every step of its decline.

27 november
Zulfiqar Shah

Cautiousness in Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership

In a recent meeting between President Asraf Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan and Pakistan have reached over an understanding on the security cooperation, capacity building and mutual trade. This unexpected development exclusively includes the training of Afghan National Army by Pakistan Army.

27 november
Lina Ghosh

The role of foreign aid for development: US assistance to Pakistan and South Korea

As mentioned in my previous entry there are more and less successful examples of foreign aid. Two of the historically most important recipients of foreign aid are Pakistan and South Korea. For similar geopolitical reasons both were strongly supported by the United States in a similar way – both received high amounts of financial aid with a special emphasis on the military domain. Still, they level of development of these two countries is very different today. Comparing them can help us to better understand the positive and negative effects of development aid and the factors that make can make development aid successful.


19 november
Zaki Khalid

Viewpoint from Pakistan: Russia is a necessity for regional peace

Traditionally, Russia has been viewed as somewhat of a dark, totalitarian country which is always searching for means to take over the world through its powerful military. This perception is certainly flawed, but those who adhere to such a view are not at fault. This negative projection of Russia can be accredited to Hollywood In specific and the Western media in general.
For Pakistanis, Russia is still a powerful Great Bear, if not a super-powerful Great Red Bear which it once was during the Soviet era. It was perceived as Pakistan’s enemy number one during the Afghan War which the ISI had planned with its counterparts in the CIA and Saudi intelligence. But Russia was never an enemy for Pakistan; rather, it was only the former USSR’s state ideology, Soviet Communism, which was a major point of security concern for Pakistan; the latter was already head over heels with a hostile India to the east and an increasingly hostile Communist Afghanistan in the west. Therefore, Pakistan’s alliance with the US at the time was purely for national interest and regional stability.

01 august
Zulfiqar Shah

Russia amid changing perspective of Afghanistan

The changing strategic realities after the gradual international pullout from Afghanistan will require an entirely new set of approach for the sustainability of non-extremist governance and stability of social fabric. Amid, such an unpredictable future of war-game stage of Central and South Asia, Russia is one of potential players that can come forward to discuss new matrix of long-term building of state structure in Afghanistan. This requires an out of traditional box of security engagement paradigm and demands an integrated approach for the broader re-coordination of diversified interests.