Pakistan inches towards stability

A farmer collects cauliflower harvested from a field on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, 24 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ghulam Ali, Peking University

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. Read more…

Picking up the pieces in Pakistan

A Pakistani civil society activist holds candles near portraits of victims during a rally on the eve of the first anniversary of the Peshawar Army Public School attack, in Karachi, Pakistan on 15 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

The bloodbath at a Peshawar school in December 2014, when Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists killed 151 people, among them 125 children, triggered a 20-point National Action Plan aimed at retribution and securing Pakistan against ongoing attack from within. Read more…

Is Pakistan’s economy out of the woods?

Employees at a garment factory in Faisalabad, Pakistan on 16 February 2015. Despite the upbeat view of the Pakistani government and the IMF, Pakistan's economy still faces significant problems. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Mohsin Khan, the Atlantic Council

Looking back over 2015, there are two quite distinct views on how Pakistan’s economy has fared. The first, expounded frequently by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and supported by the IMF, is that there has been a significant turnaround in the economy and Pakistan is now basically on track to become a vibrant and dynamic emerging market economy. Read more…

Polarising politics poses problems for Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and government officials attend the first anniversary of the Peshawar school attack, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sajjad Ashraf, NUS

Pakistan started 2015 with a lot of hope and the opportunity to correct its course in the wake of the tragic deaths at the Peshawar school shootings in December 2014. Yet, as the government dithered, the army took anti-militancy operations into its own hands, compelling the government to publicly come on board. Read more…

Pakistan’s persistent security challenges

Candles form the initials of the Army Public School as people attend a ceremony in connection with the first anniversary of a school attack in Peshawar on December 16 2015 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Imtiaz Gul, CRSS

On 2 December 2015, Pakistan executed four militants involved in the 16 December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The hour-long siege of the school had resulted in the deaths of 151 persons, including 125 children. Read more…

Pakistan’s year of mixed fortunes

Pakistanis hold a candlelight vigil for victims of the Peshawar school shooting on its anniversary on 16 December 2015 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Source: AAP)

Author: S. Mahmud Ali, LSE

2015 was a turbulent year for Pakistan. A bloodbath at a Peshawar school in December 2014, where Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) assailants killed 145 people, mostly children, darkened the augury for 2015. Seen as a response to counter-TTP military operations in North Waziristan, the blitz on an army-run school inside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s major garrison triggered a 20-point National Action Plan. Read more…

China’s rocky Silk Road

A lone farmer walks on a dirt road beside dry terrace fields in rural Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China (Photo: AAP)

Author: David Brewster, ANU

China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is an incredibly ambitious undertaking — and perhaps Beijing is only starting to realise just how ambitious it is.

The OBOR involves building a host of new infrastructure connections between China, Russia, Central Asia and the Indian Ocean. Read more…