Kamal Alam is a Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute @RUSI_org and is part of the International Security Team @ISS_RUSI.
Afghan politics has always been a complicated and ruthless affair, yet Karzai has withstood the turbulence like no leader before him.
With the US continuing talks with the Taliban and failing to include the legitimate Afghan government, and other countries also battling to court the group, the reconciliation process is beginning to look like a game of economic geopolitics.
The Pakistan Army is making a concerted effort to relieve itself of its dependency on the US, and it might be working.
Imran Khan's personal history gives him a leg up in trying to start a dialogue on Kashmir and moving towards ending the 72-year stalemate with India.
Pakistan's dynamic with Saudi Arabia has historically been of subservience, but the latest visit by Saudi Arabia's crown prince shows that the nature of the relationship could be changing.
Pakistan's Middle East policy has long been centred around Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The country, under new leadership, now seems to be taking baby steps towards greater independence in the region.
As Khan has previously described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as one of his political heroes, it remains to be seen how the two countries will further strengthen their relationship in the near future.
If the US genuinely wants to 'reset' relations with Pakistan, it would actively engage with Pakistan's civilian leaders, which is not happening.
As Afghanistan grapples with violence and instability, is Amrullah Saleh the man Afghanistan needs?
Pakistan's premier intelligence agency is labelled as an obstacle to peace in Afghanistan and blamed for a host of other issues affecting South Asia. Does it deserve its reputation, or is the media hype misguided?
Saudi Arabia silenced someone who wanted his country to succeed. Khashoggi was the real reformer in Saudi Arabia for decades, not Mohammad bin Salman. Can hope exist in such a ruthless political order?
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's crackdown on dissent—and his own family — has made it very hard for observers to swallow Saudi Arabia's version on Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. Do the Saudis have a case?
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