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Balancing State Security and Foreign Policy with Non-Traditional Security

  20 November 2020 – The seventh edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series features Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha for a discussion on balancing foreign policy and state security with non-traditional security, particularly climate change and water security, within a South Asia regional context. Dr. Sinha answered a wide range of questions: from the Read More >

US-Pakistan Relations at Another Fork in the Road – A Conversation with South Asia scholar Shuja Nawaz

In the eighth segment of the NESA Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Mr. Shuja Nawaz, a political and strategic analyst who is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Earlier Mr. Nawaz served as the Director South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. In the past, he has worked for the New York Times, Read More >

Political Trends in Pakistan and what to expect from the Kabul-Taliban Negotiations? A Conversation with South Asia scholar Dr. Marvin Weinbaum

In the seventh segment of the NESA Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum, who is serving as the Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is Professor Emeritus of political science. Dr. Weinbaum also served as an analyst for Read More >

South Asia Regional Dynamics with Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi

  18 October 2020 – In the fourth edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Fahad Malaikah hosts Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi for a discussion on regional dynamics in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. Dr. Hashmi answered a broad range of questions, including how current regional dynamics in South Asia should be Read More >

Dynamics of Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan and Beyond: A Conversation with Professor Qamar-Ul Huda

In the fifth segment of NESA South Asia Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Professor Qamar-ul Huda who is a non-resident fellow at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. He formerly worked as a senior policy advisor to the U.S. State Department Secretary’s Office on Religion and Read More >

Governance, Counter Terrorism and Policing in Pakistan – A Conversation with Azhar Nadeem, Inspector General of Police (retired)

Welcome to the first installment of NESA’s South Asia Interview series with NESA Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas. We will interview practitioners, politicians, diplomats and scholars from South Asia. These engagements will include NESA alumni from the region as well as US South Asia experts . Mr. Azhar Hassan Nadeem served in senior law enforcement positions Read More >

China and Pakistan Relations via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Lieutenant Colonel Youngsuk Lee, Army of the Republic of Korea, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 7 May 2020 Summary: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a large-scale Chinese initiative to bolster economic and geopolitical ties between China and Pakistan. Economic and strategic motivations for China include the potential Read More >

Pakistan and the Future of the Taliban: 10 Things to Consider

“Developing an intra-Afghan understanding is a necessary step for peacebuilding in Afghanistan, but it cannot happen with Afghanistan’s neighbors pulling the various groups in different directions. U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, had a clear mandate to cut a deal with the Taliban and, to give him his due, he pursued it with Read More >

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the search for an end to the long war in Afghanistan has intensified, prospects of a quick-fix solution through peace negotiations by major powers like the US and Read More >

Provocation, war and restraint under the nuclear shadow: The Kargil conflict 1999

The Kargil conflict was a limited war between India and Pakistan fought along the Kashmir Line of Control during the spring/summer of 1999. Named for the principal town in the combat zone on the Indian side, it was the first open warfare between India and Pakistan as declared nuclear weapons states and included the first Read More >

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