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    Ubaid Ahmed

    Ubaid Ahmed currently working as Research Affiliate at Strategic Vision Institute and can be contacted at ubaid@thesvi.org

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  • Did the US Surrender?0

    “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Plato   by Ubaid Ahmed      5 September 2021 The conflict of prudence and passion runs through history. Translated into words of Bertrand Russell ‘it is not’ the conflict in which we ought to side wholly with either party. However, all wars must end. But


    Image source: Youtube   by Ubaid Ahmed  28 August 2021 On 29th February 2020, the US and the Taliban had signed a peace deal following months of tense, highly publicized bilateral peace talks. The finalized agreement had four key points, firstly a staggered withdrawal of foreign troops over fourteen months. Secondly assurances by the Taliban

  • Exercise Aman, 2019: Understanding Peace0

    by Ubaid Ahmed 11 February 2019 The great exponent of sea power, the American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan, who died in 1914, is still read with attention by political leaders and their military advisers today. “Control of the sea,” he wrote in 1890, “by maritime commerce and naval supremacy, means predominant influence in the

  • The credibility of India’s Second Strike Capability0

    The third leg of the bourgeoning Nuclear Triad of India is of great significance. In any event, the first strike takes out India’s land-based ballistic nuclear missiles and strategic aviation, then the Indian Navy’s Arihant lurking in the ocean depths to avoid and launch an ambush and retaliatory strikes will render the attacking country unfit

  • Pak-US Relations and a Glimmer of Hope0

    President Trump began the year with a Twitter message accusing Pakistan of deceit and lies. Nevertheless, United States was one of the first allies Pakistan had since its inception but both the countries had somewhat fraught relations for more than 30 years. Starting from1980s, the US gave arms and funding to Pakistan which was then

  • How would John Bolton in NSA Impact Pakistan?0

    by Ubaid Ahmed     14/4/2018 Despite the triumphs Pakistan has had in curbing terrorism, the NSA John Bolton doesn’t believe that Pakistan is internally strong enough to thwart an assumed Islamist takeover of the state. President Trump on March 23rd announced in a tweet that he was removing H.R. McMaster from his post of National Security

  • The US Call for a New Relationship0

      by Ubaid Ahmed    16/3/2018 ‘Trust, but verify’ an Old Russian proverb that President Reagan liked to repeat often. Trump is neither the first President nor he is going to be the last to criticize Pakistan of deceit and threaten to cut off American assistance. Notwithstanding, the last six decades of the US support,

  • Trump’s Dilemma: Pakistan’s Improved Narrative is Imperative0

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    • January 15, 2018

    Ubaid Ahmed     15/1/2018 The uneasy Pak-US ties since Donald Trump’s new Afghan Policy (21st August 2017) suffered a new year set back when on Monday Trump accused Islamabad as a ‘Liar.’ This is not the first time Pakistan has been accused or blamed; subsequently, 9/11 all we got as a nation to our unyielding

  • Strained Pak-US Ties: All is Not Lost0

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    • December 29, 2017

    Ubaid Ahmed      29 December 2017 Pakistan has always desired and wanted sustainable peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. For that reason, it stayed pragmatic about the peace talks and chiefly the Afghan peace process for peace in Pakistan is bound to the peace and stability in Afghanistan. In any case, amid this


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