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Contents - October 2003

A Dangling Strategy Review!
Air Cdre (Retd) KHALID IQBAL believes Pakistan should conduct its own review of the Afghan policy and distance itself from the US on points where it does not have convergence of interests.

The NATO nations and their coalition allies agreed to the December 2014 date for ending military mission in Afghanistan, during the alliance’s summit in Lisbon, held during the last month. Summit had laid down the broader frame work for ending the war. Hence, Presidential review was little more than a formality, just tweaking the strategy around the margins, filling flesh into the skeleton etc. The review comes at a time when civilian casualties are at their highest since 2001. This year has been the bloodiest for foreign troops, the US taking the brunt of casualties..........more

The Strategic Relationship
and Dialogues between Pakistan and the United States


The importance and future of Afghanistan for the US strategic and economic forces has shaped the ongoing strategic dialogues. Whereas, strategic and economic forces in Pakistan are busy in negotiating their interest with the US officials to achieve not only the economic prosperity that has been affected by playing a frontline state role for the ongoing war on terror but also a strategic loss that US and NATO interference has provided to Pakistan by supporting unfriendly forces in Afghanistan. The clash of interests and priorities between US and Pakistan will remain a bone of contention in the success of ongoing strategic dialogues which is in fact a bridge and an effort to define the future of Afghanistan. What kinds of clash and priority interests are on the table of both sides? Interestingly the interests are the same with different orientations. For example, it seems clear with the tone and strategic attitude of the US that their priority goal is to promote India and to counter China’s interest in Afghanistan, which is not in the list of Pakistan’s strategic thought...........more

International Defence Exhibition and Conference
Idex 2011

Columnist MEHMOOD-UL-HASSAN KHAN highlights the success of IDEX 2011 in the UAE that has placed this country firmly on the armaments industry map.

It is one of the important lessons of all the splendid ancient dynasties and modern day wars for power pursuits that self defence is the best defence and relies on indigenous armaments industry always guarantees safety of the national strategic assets and protects the desired goals of foreign policy and socio-economic plans. It is also one of the key philosophies and curial factors of colonialism, communism, social democracy, imperialism or free market arena that weakness always tends to encourage aggression, subjugation, socio-economic embargos and above all political isolation. So a strong deterrence has become the symbol of survival in the hot pursuits of power, domination and possession in power struggle of today complicated world...........more

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