Muhammad Omar Afzaal Articles by: Muhammad Omar Afzaal

Barcelona Tragedy: Europe on the Battlefront

Barcelona Tragedy: Europe on the Battlefront

IS has steadily lost ground in the Middle East, including territorial defeats and physical losses, yet still increasingly maintains the ability to direct and coordinate terrorist attacks in Europe. Thursday’s tragedy in Barcelona that left 13 dead and a 100 injured was the latest reflection of this seemingly perverse relationship. […]

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Reckoning the Impact of latest US Sanctions against Iran

Reckoning the Impact of latest US Sanctions against Iran

The latest US sanctions against Iran come as Tehran launched its satellite carrying rocket into space (the ‘Simorgh’). Washington believes this missile launch to be “shorten[ing] a pathway” to the development of ICBMs. All six Iranian firms sanctioned, are owned and controlled by the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group that is […]

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The Afghan Dilemma and Policy Option

The Afghan Dilemma and Policy Option

With three devastating terrorist incidents in four days, Kabul is in lockdown and Afghanistan paralyzed. While there have been half a dozen major attacks in Kabul this year, including at the Afghan parliament, the Supreme Court and a military-run hospital, the May 31st one was one of the largest the […]

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Political Milieu of French Elections

Political Milieu of French Elections

Europe, Politics April 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm 0 comments

Two questions come to mind immediately regarding the upcoming French elections: Will France elect an outsider to lead the Fifth Republic? Will France have a Madame Présidente after the upcoming elections this summer? The first question is redundant at this stage: almost certainly will France elect Macron or Le Pen […]

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Courtesy:Pakistantv.tv

Getting the Pakistani Counter-Terrorism Paradigm Right

Evolving from Tactics to Strategy Despite daily reports of tens of miscreants eliminated and militant hideouts destroyed, Pakistan stands at an all too familiar point: reeling from a spate of country-wide terrorist bombings as those in-charge re-read the scripted statements of making those responsible pay while the political blame game […]

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Jamaat ul Ahrar announces Operation Ghazi (Source: Youtube)

Unilateral and Collective Counter-Terrorism on the Durand Line

The Dilemma & the Response Contemporary terrorism commonly exists as a framework of rapid change, immense complexity and genuine uncertainties. But perhaps the most threatening aspect of this malice is its ability to use the porous Af-Pak border to regroup and metastasize rapidly. Given the Af-Pak relationship sensitivity, which is […]

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Courtesy: Indian Express

Nuclear Sanctions: Drifting Away From The US-Pakistan Détente

As 2016 came to a close, a familiar but unwelcomed chapter in US-Pakistan relations opened: the US imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani entities allegedly associated with Islamabad’s missile programme. The US government deemed the seven “government, parastatal, and private entities in Pakistan” as “determined to be involved in activities that […]

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Atlantic Route

Reshuffling Transatlantic Alliances: Rapprochement or Estrangement?

The US elections 2016 have generated a host of significant concerns and misgivings. At the heart lies the biggest one of all: Will Donald Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office reshuffle the cards for transatlantic diplomacy and European security? Trump comes to power when NATO is witnessing “[Russian] larceny and […]

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China's New Silk Road

Why CPEC matters to the World: Delivering Security through Economic Development

Introduction The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is part development scheme, part strategic gambit. Although the Sino-Pakistani friendship has been labelled as “higher than Himalayas”, perhaps it’s time to refashion it with a greater qualifier: the CPEC represents a watershed moment in the Sino-Pakistani partnership, a reflection of enhanced and deepened […]

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US Election Day 2016 Timeline

US Election Day 2016 Timeline

The 2016 US election is almost over. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have cut different molds throughout the 2016 election cycle, labeled as “the nastiest in many decades and one that will leave an uncertain legacy for future cycles”. Trump can upset Clinton if Pennsylvania and Michigan vote Republican. Colorado […]

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