INTERNATIONAL politics is the art of constructing narratives, which in turn cultivate public opinion. This requires diplomacy and opinion-making, yet the arguments embedded in a narrative are themselves the most important part. When a narrative loses appeal it simply requires a review. Harping on lost arguments creates only confusion and distraction. Pakistan is annoyed at […]
Muhammad Amir Rana is a security and political analyst and the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an independent Islamabad-based think tank.
He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics.
He was a founder member of PIPS when it was launched in January 2006 and had previously worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers from 1996 until 2004. He has also been affiliated with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore as a visiting fellow. He has also given lectures at several universities and security institutes in Pakistan and abroad…Read More
POLITICAL analysts at home and abroad have described Pakistan in many ways. But the attribute of a ‘security state’ is perhaps the most popular. This perception may not be inaccurate, although Pakistan does not have any declared national security policy. Some say it is not even necessary for a state to declare its national security […]
AFGHANISTAN remained a key diplomatic challenge for Pakistan in 2017, with various strategic, security, economic and internal political implications. The US pressed Pakistan hard for the desired level of cooperation but China not only eased this pressure, it also helped Islamabad reduce the trust deficit with Afghanistan. Apparently, the US and China are employing coercive and […]