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The battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed

James M. Dorsey | Conventional wisdom has it that China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran,...

Pakistan’s maritime security

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The Indian Ocean Region is having immense political and economic opportunities for Pakistan. The safety of sea-lanes is crucial for...

The Game-Changers

Ikram Sehgal | With US President Trump scrapping the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions, the possibility of conflict in the region has increased dramatically....

CPEC: A Paucity of Planning by Pakistan

Arif Rafiq | As Pakistan’s macroeconomic situation deteriorates, this summer will feature a moment of reckoning, as both the caretaker and new government will not...

Stimulating geo-strategic environment

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Changing regional and global politico-economic circumstances and emerging security concerns have been reshaping the relationship between/among nations. The replica of...

CPEC and Great Power Rivalry

Andrew Small | “There have been real accomplishments in CPEC’s first phase – but the international context for the scheme still needs to be fixed”.In...

Ice-breaker visit of Modi to China; India still insecure about CPEC

News Analysis | Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to which Pakistan and India became a party in 2017, on the lines of increasing regional cooperation on...

Collapsing Reach: Is Chabahar the next Indian strategic defeat?

News Analysis | The Iranian port of Chabahar, touted to be the lynchpin of the “great Indian move to circumvent Pakistan” seems to be on...

Railway Ministry demands Rs. 73 Billion for “Development” ahead of budget...

News Analysis | The Ministry of Railways has demanded Rs 73 billion for ongoing and new projects in the next Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)...

Pakistan approves another 34 projects under CPEC

News Analysis | The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday approved 34 projects worth Rs.365 billion under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Five projects...

First Senate Chairman from Balochistan: Its Significance

News Analysis | The Senate of Pakistan has elected its first ever Chairman from Balochistan yesterday. Mir Sadiq Sanjrani became the 8th chairman of Senate...

Link Chabahar with Gwadar: Iran tells Pakistan

News Analysis | In a three-day tour of Pakistan, the Iranian Foreign Minister invited Pakistan to participate in the port of Chabahar. Dr. Javad Zarif,...

COAS inaugurates desalination plant in Gwadar

News Analysis | Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa laid the foundation of a water desalination plant in Gwadar on Sunday. Speaking on...

Chinese company launches an expensive campaign to promote Gwadar in UK

News Analysis | A leading investment group from China has launched an international campaign in London to promote Gwadar, located in Southern Pakistan, as a...

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East

James M Dorsey | China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as...

PIA to cash in on CPEC by announcing flights to Gwadar

News Analysis | Amidst promises of high profits emerging from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is looking to start direct flights...

Pak China trade set to replace dollar with yuan

News Analysis | Starting the year on an optimistic note, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced that all arrangements for using Chinese yuan for...

Ahsan Iqbal promises to reveal full CPEC plan on 18th December

News Analysis | Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, has announced that the long-term plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) that was...

Will Pakistani investors get an equal opportunity to invest in CPEC-Economic...

News Analysis | On Friday, a meeting of the Cabinet committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held in Islamabad, which declared that Chinese and...

Will India resort to war with Pakistan?

Asif Haroon Raja| In the wake of a constantly deteriorating security situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) owing to heightened turbulence, exasperated and outraged Indian...

How to Improve Pak-UAE ties across the board

News Analysis | During a visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), the United Arab Emirates Ambassador Hamad Obaid Alzaabi has said...

Why Riyadh is so interested in joining CPEC?

News Analysis | Riyadh will soon invest in the Gwadar Port and become part of the mega-project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was...

Is Panama gate a foreign conspiracy to derail Pakistan? Part I

Asif Haroon | After splitting Pakistan into two in 1971 under an international conspiracy, Pakistan was once again marked as a target by Indo-US-Afghan-UK-Israeli nexus...

Naval sailors attacked in Baluchistan: another attempt to slow down CPEC?

News Analysis | Two Navy sailors were martyred and at least three others were wounded when their vehicle was attacked in the Jiwani area of...

Fragile foreign policy: Pakistan at the mercy of a new super...

Ghulam Mustafa | Gen Zia Ul Haq, for all his faults, understood Arab psyche very well. I recall his words to our Advisory Team in...

CPEC and Pakistan’s road to development: Can India sabotage the plan?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | CPEC is presently the subject of intense debate within and outside Pakistan. India has openly declared its opposition to CPEC because...

Is India cutting ‘off its nose to spite its face’ on...

News Analysis | India has not sent an official delegation to attend the "Belt and Road Forum" in Beijing and instead criticized China's global initiative,...

The Middle-Eastern conflict: Threatening for Pakistan and China’s OBOR

James M. Dorsey | Increasingly caught up in the Middle East’s multiple conflicts, Pakistan is struggling to balance relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran...

Why China wants to ‘speed up’ CPEC’s construction?

News Analysis | The Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for pushing faster the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to reports...

Making a success story out of CPEC: Certain, probable, or doubtful?

Nasir Azeem | The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being talked about a lot in media, policy circles, and academia. This game-changing project is a...

CPEC’s vulnerabilities: Can Pakistan carve a way out?

Dr. Zafar N. Jaspal | Since April 2015, China and Pakistan have been endeavoring to complete their joint China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The project...

To Win from CPEC: We must revise our trade policies…

Saud Bin Ahsen| With globalization, trade volumes increased and dynamics of international trade also changed. Integration in global supply chain became crucial; more so for the...

Kulbhushan Yadav’s death sentence: Has Pakistan pressed the self-destruct button?

Abdul Rahim | Pakistan and India, since the time of their separation, have been countering each other both at diplomatic and security levels with the...

With Syrian attacks Trump launches his Queen on the chessboard

James M. Dorsey | One thing this week’s US air strikes in Syria highlight is the fact that the sands are continuously shifting as regional...

Will CPEC force China to trust Pakistani Politicians?

Naveed Ahmad | Betting its fate on Pakistan with a $51-billion investment in infrastructure, China remains wary of its neighbor’s squint-eyed politicians who have proven...

Nawaz Sharif: First Prime Minister of Pakistan who stayed overnight in...

Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a public gathering in Gwadar stated: "Today, I see every path to economic stability lead out of Balochistan."...

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