Regional Integration

Regional Integration

Glittering Balochistan

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is all set to change Balochistan’s destiny, even its hitherto remote and backward areas will be connected and brought forth into the mainstream of economic and developmental activities, for Pakistan and entire the region.  Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest but least populated province, it has immense geo-strategic importance as its vast, sandy terrain leads to...

The Secrets Behind Russia’s CPEC Saga

There’s been a lot of confusion about Russia’s role in CPEC over the past week. Pakistani reports circulated over the weekend saying that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov had secretly traveled to the strategic South Asian country to hold clandestine talks on Russia’s participation in the game-changing project.  These claims were then refuted by the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the Russian Embassy...

Beyond the Dictum: Erdoğan’s Pakistan Visit

Hanging right in the middle of East and West, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Pakistan wasn't just lip service, click mania and shaking hands, there were lots of things happened beyond the dictum can only be observed in between the lines. As a significant event, if one is to dissect the entire speech of Mr. Erdoğan...

Is America against the CPEC?

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being part of One-Belt-One- Road (OBOR) initiative, will help materialising China’s ambitions and make it an economic superpower, it has been a unipolar world for quite a while so it is important to know whether the U.S. is against these projects, especially since Pakistan has always been a U.S. ally. The general perception is...

Trust Deficit: Key Impediment to Peace in South Asia

Indo-Pak history is marred with revulsion, mistrust and hostility. Two generations of the post-colonial era of this region has departed without having the slightest feeling of amity or trust between the two geographically contiguous neighbours, having a long history of living together with a joint struggle against the British Colonialism. Indeed, peace between India and Pakistan is the prerequisite for...

Gilgit Baltistan: A Natural Gateway to Prosperity

Gilgit-Baltistan is the sole route connecting Pakistan with China and the Central Asian states as the 1300 km Karakoram Highway runs through this sleepy, mountainous region. Recently, its geopolitical location has become intrinsic to the viability of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is the entry point of the economic route, the mapping is reminiscent of the...

Sister Ports: Gwadar vs Chabahar

Pakistan-Iran barrier is now witnessing the reconstruction of regional strategic and diplomatic calculus, where Pakistan’s rim land “Gwadar” is undergoing extensive strategic transformation under acute security challenges and cartographic anxieties while Indo-Iran-Afghanistan trilateral echo in “Chabahar” becomes a historic reaffirmation of collective geostrategic intervention.   In Tehran this summer, President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister...

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