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Fahd Humayun
Fahd Humayun

  • December 14, 2021

    Plateau of democracy

    After some speculation about whether or not it would be included in the list of invitees to attend the global Summit for Democracy, Islamabad’s...

  • May 04, 2021

    A hard sell in DC

    After an extensive policy review, the Biden Administration has begun the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan.Pakistan had hoped that...

  • March 23, 2021

    Of signals and compulsions

    It’s early days yet, but after a period of protracted turbulence, the India-Pakistan relationship seems to be steadying.This steadying has largely...

  • November 28, 2020

    The eastern question - Part II

    Will peace with India ever be possible? Before the ascent of Narendra Modi, there were certainly a greater number of optimists in Pakistan who...

  • November 27, 2020

    The eastern question - Part I

    How do states signal credibility and believability to their allies, adversaries and neutral fence-sitters? Given Pakistan’s recently prepared...

  • November 07, 2020

    How to engage post-election US

    The writer is a PhD candidate at Yale.As the dust settles on a closely contested presidential election in Washington, many Pakistanis are wondering...

  • May 06, 2020

    Democracy in a pandemic

    Pakistan still has a long way to go in the fight against Covid-19, with almost 20,000 confirmed cases, and doctors and hospitals facing a harrowing...

  • February 11, 2020

    The ground has shifted

    A lot has changed in the six months since India’s unilateral annexation of occupied Kashmir.In Pakistan, both the appetite for dialogue with India...

  • October 14, 2019

    The subtle art of getting it right

    The PM’s efforts to make Kashmir a live issue on the diplomatic stage have seen a surge in his popularity at home. But two statements by Imran...

  • May 29, 2019

    Who’s afraid of Mr Jinnah?

    India’s election is over, and the BJP has won in a landslide that is nothing short of historic. The Opposition has been delivered a crushing...

  • April 28, 2019

    Looking west

    There are two ways to assess Prime Minister Khan’s first state visit to Iran. The first is to view the trip as a desperate bid to repair a...

  • January 30, 2019

    The fault in our stars

    With the PTI’s saddle-adjustment over and a debt crisis averted, it may be worth refocusing attention onto the guardrails of our democracy.Will...

  • December 30, 2018

    Mobility and politics

    It’s been an uneasy year for democracy in Pakistan. If there is a takeaway, it is that politics at the grassroots level continues to be an unequal...

  • December 19, 2018

    A bridge too far

    The momentary goodwill rendered by Pakistan’s offer to India to open the Kartarpur Corridor has evaporated, reaffirming some of the bilateral...

  • December 02, 2018

    The state and the street

    Much has been said and written about the government’s handling of violent extremism. Recent events have made two things expressly apparent.The...

  • September 12, 2018

    Terms of engagement

    The region is once again in the spotlight. The only good news is that, during the US secretary of state’s visit to Islamabad, the two sides...

  • July 04, 2018

    The anatomy of a Taliban ceasefire

    After months of regional stalemate, two events in June offer a potential roadmap for achieving a working peace.The first was the Taliban’s...

  • May 21, 2018

    A legacy of deficits

    The odds that the PML-N was going to be remembered for having contributed meaningfully to Pakistan’s foreign policy and reputation-building abroad...

  • April 11, 2018

    Prospects for detente

    The foreign minister’s decision to criticise the national security adviser for meeting the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan in Islamabad last...

  • October 11, 2017

    No country for doves

    In a recent report, ‘Are India-Pakistan peace talks worth a damn?’, strategic expert Ashley Tellis questioned the utility of...

  • September 17, 2017

    Inglorious empire

    When Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet foreign minister, visited Kabul and Islamabad in 1989 to discuss a peaceful transition from the Afghan war, the...

  • July 22, 2017

    War machine

    What does it take to win a $23 billion-a-year war? With the DoD on the brink of recommitting up to 3,900 more US soldiers to the Afghan battlefield...

  • June 04, 2017

    Pakistan’s regional policy choices

    There’s no shortage of irony in the fact that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s diplomatic snub at the US-Arab-Islamic summit coincided with...

  • March 26, 2017

    Spitballing the endgame

    The picture is depressingly familiar: with another warm-weather fighting season upon Afghanistan, efforts to crowd-source an international fall guy...

  • February 11, 2017

    From Moscow, with love

    As Islamabad grapples with the uncertainties of a new Trump administration, a recent timeline of Russian advances to Pakistan is not...

  • January 12, 2017

    The curtain to the East

    If there is to be a regional policy takeaway from 2016, it is that New Delhi’s apathy for a rapprochement with Islamabad has only served to...

  • December 21, 2016

    Smoke and mirrors

    As Pakistan looks to draw a line under 2016, the scar tissue from this year’s security miscarriages is unlikely to heal overnight. The success...

  • November 06, 2016

    Moving out of Foggy Bottom

    As Hillary Clinton moves into the Oval, the question in Islamabad is whether a fresh administration will bring with it the promise of a Pak-US...

  • October 06, 2016

    Our brand is crisis

    At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the chances of escalation to war were assessed to be ‘between 1 in 3 and even’. A decade and...

  • September 01, 2016

    Advantage Taliban

    The writer works for the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. The war in Afghanistan is showing little sign of a seasonal let-up. As a successful Taliban...

  • August 09, 2016

    Subcontinental drift

    The writer works for the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. As global players reorient their power calculus, Pakistan’s maritime rim land is...

  • June 25, 2016

    Smokescreen in southern Punjab

    Back in May the Punjab Assembly unanimously carried a resolution hailing anti-terror operations in the province. On paper, the numbers look...

  • May 22, 2016

    Missed opportunities

    As Tehran shakes off the morning-after effects of its international comeback, regional powers are lining up to cash in on the new Iranian moment,...

  • April 17, 2016

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    In what has been an erratic few months for an India-Pakistan relationship still grappling with how to steer clear of diplomatic reversals, the...

  • April 03, 2016

    Fringe power?

    As large tracts of Iraq and Syria hover between Westphalian meltdown and militant takeover, policy pathways for Pakistan in the Middle East are...

  • March 09, 2016

    Winter of discontent

    For President Ghani, it’s been a harsh winter, and one that has laid bare the key capacity deficits and constraints of an Afghan state on the...

  • February 06, 2016

    NAP in southern Punjab

    Two developments in early 2016 – the Punjab government’s move to detain Jaish operatives, and a high-profile Taliban attack on the Bacha...

  • December 28, 2015

    Birthday diplomacy

    A month ago, the odds of Prime Minister Modi surprise-landing in Lahore on Christmas Day to meet his Pakistani counterpart would have been next to...

  • October 19, 2015

    After Kunduz

    As the dust clouds settle over Kunduz, Afghan peace builders once again find themselves pitted against domestic public opinion. President Ghani is...

  • July 18, 2015

    Hard talk

    There was always going to be a lot riding on the first direct meeting between the Afghan High Peace Council and the Afghan Taliban. Two years after...

  • May 28, 2015

    Bus to Islamabad

    When Indian Defence Minister Mannohar Parrikar spoke of ‘neutralising terrorists through terrorists’ on a private news channel last week, his...

  • May 09, 2015

    Long road to peace

    The war may have been won, but Afghanistan’s warm-weather fighting season is just getting started. As the Afghan Taliban fan out into the northern...