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  Analysis of Perception and Perspective


  Can IS Influence Spread To South Asia?

  Understanding The IS Threat

  Arif Ansar

 

  March 18, 2015

 

 

  Special Issue Brief

 

  The Coming Battle Between IS, AQ In South, Central Asia

  Implications For Afghan Reconciliation, Region

 

  February 23, 2015

  Global Security Study

 

  Saudi Arabia: Surrounded By Internal, External Threats

  Dr Claude Rakisits

 

  February 23, 2015

  POLITACT's GIPSEE Forecast - 2015 Series

 

  How to Organize Politically For The Future World?
  The Crisis Of Identity And Nation State

 

  Jan 27, 2015
 

  POLITACT's GIPSEE Forecast - 2015 Series


  What's Next In The Campaign Against Extremists?

  Understanding The Stage 2

 

  December 8, 2014

  Risk Assessment - Entropy Alert

 

  Operation Zarb-e-Azb And Status Of Extremism in Pakistan

  Dr Claude Rakists

 

  November 1, 2014

 

  Risk Assessment - Entropy Alert

 

  US-Pakistan Relations

  The Determinants Of Its Future Direction?

 

  October 23, 2014

  Global Security Study -  PoliTact Special

 

  Defeating Non-State Actors - A New Phase Of War On Terror

  What Would A Successful Strategy Look Like?

 

  September 10, 2014

  Announcing PoliTact Fellowship Program

 

  Be At The Cutting Edge Of Strategic Thinking

  Inviting Applications For PoliTact Fellowships

   

  September 1, 2014

 

  Global Security Study


  The Future Of US Middle East Policy

  Dealing With Iran And Non-State Actors


  July 28, 2014

  Vantage Point Analysis


  US-India Partnership

  Chinese, Indian Worries Grow Over Afghanistan


  August 7, 2014

 

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Churchill Picket

Understanding The Threat Posed By Islamic State To South Asia
Wed, 18 Mar 2015

Arif Ansar

Mixed reviews have emerged on the threat posed by IS to South Asia. One line of thought postulates that the group will not be able to make significant inroads because the socio-political and religious terrain of the Middle East and South Asia are fundamentally different. Others have pointed out to the geographic reasons for why IS may not be able to fully penetrate South Asia; the two regions are obviously separated by Iran, a Shia power.

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Indian, Chinese Anxiety Grow Over Afghanistan
Thu, 07 Aug 2014

While the world attention is focused on Gaza and the seemingly slow undoing of Middle East, another crisis is looming on the horizon. This one has to do with Afghanistan. On his visit to Afghanistan in June, US Secretary of State John Kerry had helped reach an interim agreement, stipulating the recount of all votes, and temporarily raised hopes. Now he is back again to keep the momentum going.

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Understanding The Threat Posed By Islamic State To South Asia
Wed, 18 Mar 2015

Arif Ansar

Mixed reviews have emerged on the threat posed by IS to South Asia. One line of thought postulates that the group will not be able to make significant inroads because the socio-political and religious terrain of the Middle East and South Asia are fundamentally different. Others have pointed out to the geographic reasons for why IS may not be able to fully penetrate South Asia; the two regions are obviously separated by Iran, a Shia power.

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The European Crisis Over Ukraine, Crimea And NATO, China
Wed, 02 Apr 2014

The debate has continued over what more NATO and European Union can do to punish Russia for taking over Crimea and to stop it from going any further. History is replete with similar scenarios with one or the other European power over stretching itself based on false sense of the ground situation, while attempting to change borders and correct history.

The fear is that appearing weak, or worse, not doing anything, can encourage further expansion that could later require an even bigger and costly response.

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US Middle East Policy; Dealing With Iran And Non-State Actors
Mon, 28 Jul 2014

The American Middle East policy stands at a crucial juncture. The dramatic turn of events in Iraq, overthrow of democratically elected government in Egypt, the continuing Syria quagmire, and now the Gaza crisis, are all demonstrating the pressure points. The war on terror is covering ever-wider span, to include South and Central Asia and North Africa. The original Al Qaeda has over the years morphed in to a phenomenon called Al Qaeda and Associates, represented by groups such as IS (previously ISIS).

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US Middle East Policy; Dealing With Iran And Non-State Actors
Mon, 28 Jul 2014

The American Middle East policy stands at a crucial juncture. The dramatic turn of events in Iraq, overthrow of democratically elected government in Egypt, the continuing Syria quagmire, and now the Gaza crisis, are all demonstrating the pressure points. The war on terror is covering ever-wider span, to include South and Central Asia and North Africa. The original Al Qaeda has over the years morphed in to a phenomenon called Al Qaeda and Associates, represented by groups such as IS (previously ISIS).

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Geopolitical Situation

Issue Brief

IS, AQ Rivalry In South, Central Asia And Afghan Reconciliation
Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Recent media reports indicate the Afghan reconciliation process is once again picking pace. While the Afghan officials have confirmed the development, Afghan Taliban are tight lipped about it. These reports also suggest that Pakistan is playing a critical facilitating role as the trajectory of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations continue to improve remarkably. The Chinese role appears to be decisive in moving the present round of negotiations forward while the US may have taken a back seat for the time being.

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Vantage Point Analysis

Indian, Chinese Anxiety Grow Over Afghanistan
Thu, 07 Aug 2014

While the world attention is focused on Gaza and the seemingly slow undoing of Middle East, another crisis is looming on the horizon. This one has to do with Afghanistan.

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Analysis of Perception and Perspective

Understanding The Threat Posed By Islamic State To South Asia
Wed, 18 Mar 2015

Arif Ansar

Mixed reviews have emerged on the threat posed by IS to South Asia.

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Global Security Advisor

Global Security StudiesSaudi Arabia: External And Internal Threats Looming
Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Dr Claude Rakisits

The royal rulers of Saudi Arabia must feel somewhat nervous of late. Seen from Riyadh, externally, the neighbourhood is not looking very hospitable and rather hostile towards the kingdom.

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Risk Assessment

Entropy AlertThe State of Terror In Pakistan
Sat, 01 Nov 2014

By Dr Claude Rakisits

The four-month old military operation in North Waziristan - Operation Zarb-e-Azb - and the smaller, more recent one in the Khyber Agency - Operation Khyber-I - against the various militant groups holed up in those areas have been successful, but only in a limited way.

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PoliTact's Forecast

Organizing For The Future World; The Crisis Of Identity And Nation State
Tue, 27 Jan 2015

The primary purpose of developing a forecast is to better plan. And at a more sophisticated level, to help shape a future that is conducive for ones interests. It’s an exercise to make a reasonable assessment of where matters might be heading.

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