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Raashid Wali Janjua
Raashid Wali Janjua

The writer is a retired brigadier, and a PhD scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies at the National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad.

  • July 11, 2024

    Is the future artificial?

    Narratives like religious ideologies and fascism, which were eclipsed by postmodernism, are now staging a return with vengeance

  • June 15, 2024

    Modi 3.0

    Modi had planned to amend Indian constitution to establish a Hindu ‘rashtra’ in case he won 400 seats

  • May 04, 2024

    India’s polarized electoral maze

    A worker fixes a flag of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on a hoarding of their leader and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 15,...

  • March 12, 2024

    The challenge of governance

    An undated picture of the parliament house building in Islamabad. — Senate website/FileGovernance and politics in Pakistan are bound in a...

  • March 01, 2024

    Time to govern well

    No amount of politics would yield dividends unless the governance issue is fixed

  • September 19, 2023

    India’s Potemkin reality

    India hosted the G20 summit from September 9 to 10 in Delhi. But it was amusing to see the steps it took to make the city more appealing, skilfully...

  • August 24, 2023

    The Jaranwala tragedy

    What happened in Jaranwala on August 16 is an example of all that is wrong with our extremist attitude towards the weak and vulnerable. The incident...

  • August 13, 2023

    Abandoned Kashmir

    The Jammu and Kashmir region was already under the illegal occupation of India when on August 5, 2019 it was stripped of its autonomy granted under...

  • March 05, 2023

    The power and energy crisis

    Pakistan’s power and energy crisis has reached crisis proportions. The power sector’s circular debt of Rs2,377 billion – combined with Rs1,400...

  • February 20, 2023

    Hydropolitics of hate

    Irrational thinking usually leads to irrational decision. Hate is an irrational and visceral instinct, and those consumed by it are always prone to...

  • November 27, 2022

    Choices: reform or perish

    The time has come for Pakistan to take some tough decisions and reorient its economic policies. Business as usual will yield the same errors. The...

  • November 12, 2022

    The perils of anocracy

    Anocracies are countries in transition towards full democracy after having experienced non-democratic rule in the past but are not fully committed...

  • November 01, 2022

    Dangerous nationalism

    The Tipu Sultan Express named after the famed freedom icon who resisted British colonialism in South India in the late 18th Century is being renamed...

  • May 17, 2022

    Godse’s India

    The ethereal beauty of the Kashmir valley is being assaulted by the ugliness of Indian depredations on human rights and international law fronts in...

  • March 01, 2022

    Our geo-economic dream

    Geo-economics is the new buzzword these days, thrown around rather loosely without quantifying its benefits, especially in a country like Pakistan...

  • February 14, 2022

    The Baloch conundrum

    Like the West, Balochistan also exists in the past and the present simultaneously. The jagged serenity of its mountains contrasts eerily with the...

  • January 15, 2022

    The state of the Indian union

    India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day on January 26. Flaunting its status as the world’s most populous democracy, it nevertheless continues...

  • January 02, 2022

    National security policy

    A nation’s national security policy is a national vade mecum or ‘grand national strategy’ which helps draft various sectoral strategies or...

  • December 28, 2021

    Future warfare

    After three percent of the global population of the world was wiped off in World War TT, humanity has not experienced that level of massacre, yet...

  • December 09, 2021

    Hangor heroics

    Pakistan Navy Submarine Hangor sank Indian frigate Khukri on an obstreperous stretch of the sea off the coast of Gujarat, India on December 9,...

  • November 25, 2021

    Despair over hope

    “From the pressure of all desolations faith gushes forth … we are entering a grave illumined by the dawn.” Revolutions around the world have...

  • November 13, 2021

    A closer relationship

    The Pakistan-US relationship is taking a new shape in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Political experts also believe that in the...

  • October 10, 2021

    Countering the TTP

    The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan was formed in 2007 in response to the army’s action against non-state actors in north and south Waziristan. After...

  • August 14, 2021

    Kashmir in chains

    “At midnight on Aug 4, 2019 India turned all of Kashmir into a giant prison camp. Seven million Kashmiris were barricaded in their homes, internet...

  • July 19, 2021

    A win-win formula

    A few questions first about the current Afghan situation, in order of their importance. Is Afghan peace hostage to big power rivalry? What policy...

  • June 27, 2021

    Fallout management

    The United States is leaving Afghanistan in turmoil after two decades of occupation. The Doha Agreement with the Taliban, bypassing the Ashraf Ghani...

  • June 13, 2021

    The gathering storm

    The Afghan scenario is getting darkened by the violence levitating ominously over the horizon yet again. A conservative assessment of the peace...

  • May 30, 2021

    Afghanistan deja vu

    There is a strong feeling of deja vu about Afghanistan in the air. The environment, despite the passage of two decades, is eerily reminiscent of the...

  • April 27, 2021

    A new opportunity

    The East and West apparently can for once meet in a symbiosis of values and material rewards. The idea is embodied in the East West Economic...

  • April 18, 2021

    Lawfare by Pakistan

    Lawfare is defined as the theory and practice of the use of international law as an instrument to advance one's own interests. Orde Kittrie’s book...

  • March 30, 2021

    A new security paradigm

    A new security paradigm was unveiled during the recently concluded Islamabad Security Dialogue. The refreshing change was highlighted by the...

  • February 21, 2021

    Reset relations

    Like the proverbial city on the hill, the US has acted as a magnet for those who wanted to live out the American dream. For the world at large it...

  • February 07, 2021

    South Asia: a new beginning

    Will Biden’s inauguration as the 46th US president turn a new page for one-third of humanity condemned to perpetual penury of thought and means by...

  • December 23, 2020

    What a waste

    The engine of economic growth in South Asia has sputtered to a halt due to Indian intransigence and lack of vision. A region that was colonized by...

  • December 04, 2020

    Indian tactics in South Asia

    The RSS and its political wing the Bharatya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Modi operate in a parallel universe of their own

  • July 09, 2017

    Whither human security?

    Human security, as defined by the UN Commission on Human Security, involves the protection of human lives to enhance liberties and ensure...

  • May 01, 2017

    Pak-US engagement

    Lieutenant General McMaster, the co-author of counter-insurgency manual ‘FM3-24’, has conducted his first tour of Pakistan as the US...

  • April 14, 2017

    The South Asian jinx

    Who has condemned South Asia to an existence of perpetual conflict and antagonism? Is our South Asian journey fated to be mired in perennial...

  • April 06, 2017

    Breaking the nexus

    Crime and politics in the current Pakistani context is eerily redolent of the main theme of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s famous novel ‘Crime and...

  • March 19, 2017

    Countering terrorism

    Do we want to fight terrorism as a nation? The answer to this question lies in our national attitude towards it. Ambivalence, appeasement,...

  • March 09, 2017

    Fourth-generation warfare

    Is Pakistan in the throes of fourth-generation warfare? In order to answer this question and to understand the nature of that warfare one needs to...

  • February 15, 2017

    The Ghazi saga

    “Each year he grows more restless, the salt flows through his veins/ But the depths are for the young, not the old with many pains.” -...

  • January 11, 2017

    Beyond militarism

    Pakistan’s national security dilemma has an uncanny resemblance to the security dilemma of the Sparta-led Peloponnesian League that was...

  • January 03, 2017

    Climate change and national security

    Climate change and its concomitant natural disasters pose a clear danger to national security in the present era of the hyper-utilisation of natural...

  • December 27, 2016

    Whither public goods?

    What happens when a society sets itself upon a course to self destruction without understanding the consequences of its actions or – in a...

  • December 14, 2016

    Defence or deterrence?

    Defence and deterrence are the two notions in the pantheon of strategic ideas that confront a classic Euthyphro dilemma in the context of the...

  • December 06, 2016

    Our security dilemma

    The stygian gloom prevailing over Indo-Pakistan peace prospects calls for a deep introspection over the sub continental security dilemma....

  • December 01, 2016

    Fatal attraction

    India and Pakistan have again begun a familiarly deadly minuet of violent movements across a hitherto silent Line of Control. The two conjoined...

  • November 22, 2016

    Sea sentinels

    Winston Churchill had once conceded that “the only thing that ever frightened me was the U Boat peril”. He was alluding to the peril of...