On the Run-up to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Visit to Iran
Many firsts, much tradition and a great deal left out on the official agenda for the Iran-Pakistan talks. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who took office in August 2018, paid his first visit to Tehran on April 21-22, 2019 after receiving an invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. For the first time in history, […]
The Afghan Conflict and Afghanistan’s Relations with Pakistan
In the last year Islamabad has entered into dialogue with Kabul as part of its talks with the USA. This area of Pakistan’s foreign policy is dominated by the country’s military. The involvement of the armed forces in foreign policy is a characteristic feature of the country’s domestic political development. Another key feature of this […]
Results of the First Round of Talks Between the USA and the Taliban
January 2019 saw the conclusion of the first round of talks between the USA and the Taliban, which took place in Qatar. The Afghan Taliban and the official representatives of the USA reached preliminary agreement on three key issues: – the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan within 18 months; – an exchange of prisoners; […]
Pakistan: the First Foreign Visit of the Prime Minister Imran Khan or Who Is the Boss Here?
The Prime Minister Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, Pakistan Movement for Justice) that came to power after the parliamentary elections on July 25 2018, made his first foreign visit, namely to the countries of the Persian Gulf: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September […]
Pakistan and Iran are Strengthening the Centre-oriented Trends in the Region
The Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Islamabad in late August 2018 was the first meeting conducted by the new Pakistani leadership headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and high-ranking foreign guests. The agreements reached confirmed the trend towards consolidating the forces in the region. The ad hoc nature of […]
Pakistan and the 2017 US Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia
The differences in the approaches of the US towards Afghanistan, India and Pakistan as part of the new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia for 2017 have respectively led to three responses. The Kabul authorities had been expecting, and thus widely welcomed, the return of the United States. New Delhi was encouraged by the White […]
Pakistan – United Arab Emirates through the Lense of N.Modi’s Policy in the Middle East
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces, visited India between January 26-28, 2017. He was invited as guest of honor to take part in celebrations dedicated to the Republic Day of India. Disregarding the official protocol, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met him at the airport. Since […]
Pakistan, the United States and the Islamic Military Alliance: to Be or Not to Be?
In January 2017, Pakistan again turned out to be in the center of Middle East politics, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) made a hasty statement on its joining the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA); Riyadh also wanted to appoint the former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif as Commander-in-Chief of the IMA. The […]
Pakistan: General Qamar Bajwa – the new Army Chief
On November 29, 2016 by Decree of the President of Pakistan, Mamnun Hussein, General Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed to the post of the Army Chief, and succeeded General Rahil Sharif. For the majority of the world, a routine change of commander of the army is an ordinary event, but for Pakistan this is one […]
Pakistan – Turkey: Lessons of the Failed Military Coup
The attempted coup on July 15, 2016 in Turkey was met with a lively response in the Pakistani society. The debate about the balance of power between the military establishment and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N took over the government after the general election in June 2013) has become more intense. Islamabad and […]
Pakistan-USA: “Brothers-in-Arms” or Once Again Irreconcilable Opponents?
Washington and Brussels pronounced Islamabad the guilty party for the failed Resolute Support Mission and the strengthening of terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The Pakistani-American relations have been deteriorating lately, having suffered a series of crises. Several reasons for this have been posited, the most probable being the further deepening of differences in the approaches to […]
Pakistan and India’s NSG Application
Lately, President Obama has been investing a lot of effort in the development of relations with New Delhi. Apparently, he hopes to use India as a sort of “deterrent” against China. Thus, in June 2016, President Obama announced that India’s application for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) had gained support. He also called […]