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Salman Bashir

Salman Bashir is a Pakistani diplomat who served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan and as High Commissioner of Pakistan to India.
Twitter: @SalmanB_Isb

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Pakistan’s strategic dilemma: China or US

For Asian states, the US Indo-Pacific strategy now poses a strategic dilemma of choice: China or the US? While some like India have aligned themselves closely with the US, others like Pakistan prefer to balance their position in a manner that best suits their national interests. 

December 30, 2019

Peace in Afghanistan: Overcoming diplomatic stalemate

Disdain for diplomacy is characteristic of a world becoming ever more attuned to unilateralist inclinations and power play. 

November 20, 2019

Approaching the Pak-US summit: President Trump’s instincts are correct

On the invitation of President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Washington DC on Sunday. The visit was initiated and announced by the White House and is an important gesture towards Pakistan by the Trump administration. 

July 20, 2019

The ball is now in Modi’s court

The wave of hyper-nationalism now sweeping the globe has touched India in a big way and after the conclusion of its general election last week, the secular India of Nehru is history. 

May 28, 2019

Central and South Asia: In the throes of a changing world order

Not too long ago, global interdependence was considered the underlying constant for a prosperous and peaceful world. But now, power competitions and rivalry introduced by the US have become the new defining theme of global politics in this century. 

April 28, 2019