Imran Malik

  • The War in Ukraine is engendering wide-ranging geopolitical, geostrategic, and geoeconomic ramifications. Its ripple effects are reaching all corners of the world. The US policy on the Ukraine War is precipitating severe regional and global polarisation, alignments, realignments, and even ...

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  • Ever since independence Pakistan has faced direct and indirect existential threats. These have emanated from external as well as internal sources; and whenever these two have combined, as they did ominously in 1971, it has suffered irretrievable losses. It continues to fight one uphill battle for ...

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  • Now Pakistan: US and Pakistan interests have converged and diverged regularly. The US has generally engaged Pakistan through transactional deals only, offering the barest minimum economic and military aid to satiate it and meet its own objectives at that particular point in time. Thereafter, ...

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  • The US’ drive to retain its hege­mony at the global level contin­ues to gain momentum. It has embroiled Russia quite inextricably in Ukraine and has profoundly test­ed China’s political and military will over Taiwan. Concurrent­ly, it is trying to isolate both its ...

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  • The US’ drive to retain its hegemony at the global level continues to gain momentum. It has embroiled Russia quite inextricably in Ukraine and has profoundly tested China’s political and military will over Taiwan. Concurrently, it is trying to isolate both its adversaries by weaning their major ...

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  • US’ policy and strategic design to engage, contain and manage both its potential rivals for global dominance continues unabated. It is pursuing a two-pronged strategy. In Europe, it has embroiled Russia quite irretrievably in Ukraine; in the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) it has fired its first shot ...

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  • Pakistan has suffered from a debilitating crisis of identity ever since independence. This has prevented it from charting out a definitive strategic direction for itself. All its rulers, civilians and military dictators alike, have made flamboyant power grabs and unabashedly tried to ...

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  • Pakistan has suffered from a debilitating crisis of identity ever since independence. This has prevented it from charting out a definitive strategic direction for itself. All its rulers, civilians and military dictators alike, have made flamboyant power grabs and unabashedly tried to ...

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  • The US’ obsessive compulsion to continuously reassert its global hegemony persists unabated. It now perceives newer, stronger, multi­domain and multidimensional se­curity threats and challenges to its pre-eminent global po­sition. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the mercurial rise of China ...

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  • The contours of US’ grand strategic design for the world and in particular, the Asia Pacific, are now emerging unmistakably, (The Strategy of Alliances, by this scribe, The Nation, 30 October 2021). They reflect its compulsive obsession to reassert its unquestionable, unchallengeable hegemony in ...

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  • Pakistan has been blessed with everything a nation could ask for; an outstanding geostrategic location, all types of landscapes, tremendous agrarian, water, human, mineral and material resources and a very dynamic, intelligent, talented, youthful, enterprising, hard-working population amongst ...

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  • The US compulsion to contain and manage the phenomenal rise of China is getting starker, grimmer and more urgent by the day. US efforts to circumscribe its sphere of influence and concomitant strategic reach across the globe appear to be floundering. China, on the other hand, riding high on its ...

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  • The US strategic design to neutralise the Russo-Chinese challenge to its undisputed global hegemony continues to emerge steadily. Its intent to tackle them piecemeal is becoming more evident as events unfold in Europe and Asia/South-Central Asia Region (SCAR). This multidimensional US juggernaut, ...

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  • The US is moving decisively to reinforce and retain its singular position as the global hegemon and pre-eminent economic power. Its current focus appears to be Europe while Asia is in its crosshairs too. To this end, it aims to counter the twin challenge posed by the Sino-Russia Combine to its ...

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  • The US is making a determined push to secure its geopolitical and geo-strategic interests in Asia. It considers China a formidable adversary and intends to deal with it wholesomely; competing, cooperating and/or challenging it as and when required. To that end it has anointed India as a strategic ...

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  • John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hitman lays down in great detail how the West exploits the vulnerabilities of its target states, cripples their economies and reduces them to the status of trapped vassal states. To this end they get the local stakeholders, the domestic political hitmen, ...

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  • The world is inexorably moving towards multipolarity. The US’ unipolar moment is long vorbei. The US has global interests and a strategic reach to match them. The Chinese sphere of influence and strategic reach are expanding exponentially. The Russians too have asserted themselves in Europe by ...

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  • Geopolitics has been epitomised by a ruthless, remorseless and relentless pursuit of national interests by the major powers of the world. It has always been a pitiless exposition of brute power bereft of all inhibitions, morality, regret, justice and/or fair play. They have devised (and continue to ...

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  • In 1823, US President James Monroe promulgated the Monroe Doctrine. It unambiguously designated the Western Hemisphere/Latin America as the US’ exclusive sphere of influence and perimeter of security and foreclosed it to all foreign interventions, whatsoever. The USSR however overtly infringed ...

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  • US foreign policy is apparently driven by two overwhelming imperatives, amongst various others; one, a compulsive obsession to singularly dominate the world as an uncontested superpower and hegemon and two, its military industry complex’s (MIC) self-serving, insatiable appetite to keep it ...

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  • Pakistan is a part of a sub-region, a region, Asia and the international community. It is bound to be subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics at all these levels, simultaneously. Of necessity, it must follow a comprehensive, cumulative and well measured policy that principally always secures its ...

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  • International Relations (IR) and foreign policies are functions of geopolitical, geostrategic and geoeconomic interests. These three dimensions have been defined variably by many strategists/thinkers.Briefly, geopolitics is a method of studying foreign policy to understand, explain and predict ...

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  • The Joe Biden Administration has made a very perceptible paradigm shift in the strategic orientation of US’ foreign policy. It has apparently swung its focus from the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) to the European and Indo-Pacific regions. On a comparative basis, the GMER now emerges as a ...

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  • Pakistan’s Foreign Office has done a commendable job by hosting the KSA inspired OIC Foreign Minister’s Summit on Afghanistan in Islamabad. It gathered an impressive array of delegates representing all major global players to consider the humanitarian crisis besetting the Afghan nation ...

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  • US-India strategic interests and objectives converge splendidly when it comes to countering and containing China. The US clearly assesses China as a threat to its singular position as the global super power, while India shares US consternations over China’s fast expanding ascendancy in the ...

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  • “Reconciled” terrorist groups like the TTP, if at all, will pose serious problems for Pakistan. They might adopt a new strategy with the following contours. One, such groups will exploit the extremely polarised Pakistani society which is wracked by rampant, violent, religious and ...

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  • The Government of Pakistan (GOP) is currently carrying out negotiations with the Afghanistan-based terrorist organisation, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). A temporary ceasefire has been announced.The TTP has thus far operated from a very conducive strategic environment within Afghanistan where it ...

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  • Over the years the US has perfected and executed an extremely well-articulated strategy to establish an incontestable sphere of influence and strategic reach all over the globe. It has two basic components, a military and a diplomatic one.In the military domain, it has ensured forward deployments ...

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  • The US has thus been forced to redefine and reconstruct its policy towards Asia. By leaving Afghanistan it has moved away from Mackinder’s Heartland, critically losing direct contact with it, and greatly freeing up Russia and China in the process. Historically, the US and its allies had ...

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  • Geopolitics has never been so dynamic as it is today. The world is in the throes of a transition from a unipolar to a bi/multipolar mode. The US, arguably still the sole superpower of the world, feels threatened by China’s meteoric rise. This rivalry is causing a plethora of alignments, ...

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