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Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal is an Islamabad-based analyst and professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University. E-mail: [email protected]

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Trump-Kim Summit offers lesson for South Asia’s nuclear rivals

The Trump-Kim Summit has kindled a hope to restart the suspended composite dialogue process between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. 

It is a rational but optimistic aspiration that requires strategy and patience in the negotiation process.

June 19, 2018

Can the Shanghai spirit ease tensions between India and Pakistan?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has emerged as a significant multinational Eurasian group. From the beginning, it has been struggling to combat the menace of radicalized militancy, while at the same time promoting the Shanghai spirit among member states.

June 13, 2018

Unrestrained missile proliferation in South Asia threatens peace

India and Pakistan have been developing, testing and operationalizing missiles of various classes and capabilities. Both claim these missiles — whether conventional or nuclear — are imperative for the defense of their sovereignty.

May 31, 2018

US and Pakistan must reconcile or risk destabilizing the region

Islamabad and Washington have drifted apart. Despite diplomatic efforts for reconciliation, both are unable to prevent the increasing mistrust between them. But the continuing strain cannot continue, or it could inadvertently benefit transnational terrorists and destabilize the region.

May 22, 2018

India and Pakistan can learn from the promising North-South Korea summit

The recent inter-Korean summit at the Panmunjom border crossing has fostered optimism for a lasting peace between the two states and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

May 08, 2018

Despite daunting past, Pakistan and Russia draw closer amid geopolitical changes

Shifts in the global political landscape have pushed the United States and Pakistan further apart, drawing Russia and Pakistan closer as Islamabad turns to Moscow for military imports. 

April 19, 2018

The listing that frustrates Pakistan’s lobby for NSG

Pakistan is lobbying for obtaining full membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). It is persuading the international community that it qualifies for the Group membership.

April 05, 2018

Pakistan takes strides to improve nuclear image on world stage

As Pakistan builds a case for full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the country is endeavoring to improve its image.

March 28, 2018