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Safdar Sial

Safdar Sial has been working with the Islamabad-based research and policy advocacy organisation Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) as a research analyst since March 2007. His work focuses on conflict, insecurity, and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan; regional political, strategic and security issues; and media and governance. He has published extensively in national and international journals; is a co-author of Dynamics of Taliban Insurgency in FATA and Radicalization in Pakistan ; is the editor of Critical Ideologies: A Debate on Takfeer and Khurooj ; and is an associate editor of the PIPS research journal Conflict and Peace Studies

Research areas:  Asia

Publications

Pakistani-Afghan relations after Karzai
By gcawflickr - originally posted to Flickr as Afghan election billboard, July 2009, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7540036 Safdar Sial 18 February 2016
Unlike his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has adopted a policy of rapprochement towards Pakistan. To that end he delayed the implementation of the strategic partnership agreement with India, sought close ties with Pakistan’s security establishment, and instituted specific initiatives to alleviate Pakistani con... more  
Emerging dynamics in Pakistani-Saudi relations
Keeping_watch_at_Baine_Baba_Ziarat by Al_Jazeera_English with CC licence from Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 Safdar Sial 27 October 2015
Pakistan considers Saudi Arabia to be a strategic partner because it has always supported Pakistan on matters of strategic interest. The two countries’ military, diplomatic and politico-economic ties date back to the 1960s. more  
An analysis of emerging Pakistani-Iranian ties
Unemployment_people smuggle fuel in occupied Balochistan by Beluchistan with CC licence from flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/drymountains/5645464751/in/photolist-9AStZa-yAmBp-fSt6Jb-6PLD2P-a7sWiE-a7sWeG-a7q566-a7sWb5-a7q51M-a7q4Yr-a7q4Wk-a7q4Uc-a7q4RF-a7sVYQ-a7sVWG-a7sVUG-a7sVR3-dss5md-bbEbRt-yAies-yAier-64fPtp-5EGJ3o-mqxm18-ofP5vG-5EGJ3u-6VBoG-4kuE34-5ECwZV-dHDZmD-9ys8G4-5EGNYm-5EGPu7-8BVGWH-5QNhYW-dzn4J3-q6QHtm-5EGPum-5ECwZX-5EGPuh-rSWEaR-gamBGx-gamH8S-gangoc-gamBxe-ganggP-gangdT-gangnF-gamBtr-ganggt Safdar Sial 14 April 2015
Since 2001, Iran and Pakistan have managed to maintain normal bilateral relations despite some persisting irritants such as border insecurity and their contrasting ties with Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Afghanistan and India. more  
Pakistan’s role and strategic priorities in Afghanistan since 1980
Pakistan border checkpoint from FOB Skin by Talk Radio News Service with cc license from Flickr Safdar Sial 11 June 2013
Pakistan’s Afghan policy in 1980s and 1990s largely remained focused on seeking strategic depth in Afghanistan and countering the traditional Afghanistan-India alliance, which had been creating trouble for Pakistan by supporting the Balochi insurgents and promoting the idea of a greater Pashtunistan. It gradually developed a progressiv... more  

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