Dissecting the Reunification of TTP Articles Asia Defense & Security

Dissecting the Reunification of TTP

On August 17, two disgruntled splinter factions – the Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and the Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) re-joined the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The Pakistani Taliban’s main spokesperson, Mohammad Khurasani, said in a…

Current and Emerging Terrorism Challenges Articles Asia Defense & Security

Current and Emerging Terrorism Challenges for Pakistan

Pakistan has remained at the forefront of the global war on terrorism for decades now. The country has played an instrumental role in uprooting top leadership of Al-Qaeda and in…

Operational History of Mumbai Attacks: A Critical Appraisal of Social Media Articles Asia Defense & Security

Operational History of Mumbai Attacks: A Critical Appraisal of Social Media

Social media has been weaponised now. This is convincingly put forth by P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking in their latest book titled: “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.” Residing…

What is War from the Antipodes? Contesting the Western Derivatives of International Security Articles Defense & Security

What is War from the Antipodes? Contesting the Western Derivatives of International Security

Security studies as a discipline has mostly concerned itself with the security relations among states. This is, owing to the concrete analytical categories of its mother discipline i.e. international relations…

Militants, Technology Articles Asia Defense & Security

Technological Transformation of Militants’ Propaganda – A Historical Overview

T.E. Lawrence once said, ‘The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.’ American military historian Max Boot commented on the famous quote, writing, ‘A…

India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Militancy Articles Asia Defense & Security

Infighting between militant groups in Indian-held Kashmir and future of Kashmir insurgency

The recent killing of Islamic State’s Hind Province (ISHP) militant has exposed the growing rivalry between local insurgent groups and militant groups affiliated with international terror outfits. If, left unattended,…

Afghanistan India Kashmir Militancy Pakistan United States Articles Asia Politics & Governance

Hyphenating Afghanistan and Kashmir in Washington

“Afghanistan is more than just a ‘graveyard of empires’. It is a mother of vicious circles” is what Maureen Dowd, the renowned columnist for the New York Times wrote about…

Christchurch, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, US Articles Asia

The Vicious Cycle of the Christchurchs and Colombos

As Bāghūz, the capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) caliphate, fell to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on March, 23, the world rejoiced under false pretense…

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Gwadar Hotel Attack: The Revival of Balochistan’s Ethno-nationalist Insurgency?

On May 11th 2019, terrorists stormed into Zaver Pearl Continental Hotel, Balochistan’s sole five-star hotel located in the strategic port city of Gwadar, at around 5:00 PM local time. Dressed…

Afghan peace process, Taliban, Afghanistan, US, Arabs Articles Asia Politics & Governance

Arabs, Taliban and America in Afghan Peace Process

Groucho Marx once said, ‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.’ Perhaps American policy makers took this seriously…

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