Briefing Papers

Deterrence consistency and counters against evolving Cold Start Doctrine

Following the strategy of Sheltered Pursuit, Pakistan completed its nuclear program and tested its weapon capability on 28th May 1998 in response of Indian nuclear tests in following year. Introduction of nuclear weapons in...

Growing ISKP threat on Pak-Afghan Border

While Islamic State is on the run in Middle East where it is facing a resounding defeat that has resulted in territory loss, at the same time the Islamic State threat in Afghanistan has...

Historically Cognitively Agile

We posted a screenshot of a printed page. The printed page had 8 points on it. Many people commented on the origin of the screenshot rather than the points listed on the page. Some were...

Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan – Information Release

From the day that Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan was announced, the story behind this group didn’t make sense. They were after an audience that Pakistan never expected could be radicalized – the educated middle class. The Briefing...

The Chinese-Indian New Cold War

We are honored to present this multi-part paper from Andrew Korybko into the emerging New Cold War between China and India. This research will be released over a number of days to facilitate discussion...

The 21st Century’s Great Game

Background The 21st century’s Great Game is about the creation of a new Eurasia-centered world. It locks China, Russia, India, Japan and Europe into what is an epic battle. Yet, they are not the only...

Pakistan’s Lurch Into Ultra-Conservativism

Introduction Pakistan has been for at least four decades a major theatre of operations in the global struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for dominance in the Muslim world. The stakes for both regional powers...

RESTO – Alternative Strategic Vision for 2025 for ECO

Let us admit it for once that the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is nothing more than an international club of Muslim states which has very limited success to its name for over a generational...

Improving U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Background The entire world knows the Haqqani Group that operates in Afghanistan, supposedly with Pakistan Army support, but very few outside Pakistan know the other Haqqani Network. This Haqqani Network, consisting of Husain Haqqani, Christine...

Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in The South Eurasian Rimland?

This is a cross-posting from Katehon and Andrew Korybko. The past couple of years have been marked by dramatic geopolitical changes triggered by the onset of the New Cold War, and while events such as...

Five Forces Behind Pakistan’s Pivot Towards Russia

‘Nations are born in the hearts of poets but they prosper and die at the hands of politicians’ said the most influential philosopher of Pakistan Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, as if to caution the young...

Why The New York Times is Wrong About Pakistan

On the morning of 12th May, Pakistan was treated to another scalding editorial from The New York Times, this time demanding that the US put the squeeze on Pakistan. However, it is again clear...

Congressional U-Turn on F-16s Jeopardizes COIN Operations in Pakistan

No matter how close the collaboration between the Pentagon and General Headquarters, strained relations emerge when the conversation moves to Capitol Hill. While some of the faces and names may have changed, the result...