Shamshad A. Khan

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  • Shamshad Ahmed Khan was Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here to for detailed profile

    The MFN Debate in Pakistan’s Urdu Press: Sign of cracks?

    The importance of the MFN status issue lies in the debate that the agreement has initiated in Pakistan, which could influence both the internal political structures of the country as well as the way it deals with its neighbours.

    November 23, 2011

    The India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Through the Eyes of the Pakistani Urdu Media

    In the wake of its strategic partnership agreement with India, Afghanistan has become an untouchable, even an ‘enemy’, for many Pakistani commentators.

    October 17, 2011

    Japan-South Korea Spat over Takeshima/Dokdo

    If allowed to fester, the territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea will have serious repercussions for East Asian security.

    August 10, 2011

    India-Pakistan Talks: Media’s Role Crucial for Normalisation of Relations

    The success of high-level talks between India and Pakistan would depend on how the media shape popular opinion in the two countries and popular support to take the relationship forward.

    June 29, 2011

    Punjabi Taliban by Mujahid Hussein (Urdu)

    Nigareshat Publishers, Lahore, 2010, pp. 272, Rs350

    May 2011

    Japan's New Defence Guidelines: An Analysis

    During the entire post-World War II period Japan isolated itself from the ongoing power struggle. Even during the height of the Cold War when its two neighbours – the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China – went nuclear, Japan followed the three principles of ‘not possessing’, ‘not introducing’ and ‘not manufacturing’ nuclear weapons. Successive Japanese parliaments also passed resolutions putting a one per cent GDP cap on defence spending and imposed a blanket ban on arms exports and arms-related technologies.

    May 2011

    Why Culture Matters?

    While earthquake resistant buildings and safety of dams and nuclear plants are important, orderly public behaviour under stress, as demonstrated by the Japanese people, is also vital.

    March 18, 2011

    Japan debates the viability of nuclear power plants

    As Japan grapples with a “nuclear emergency situation” a domestic debate has begun about whether a quake -prone country should rely on nuclear power.

    March 16, 2011

    No Solution in Sight for Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute

    Russia has renewed its efforts to reconfirm its territorial claim over the southern Kuril Islands, also claimed by Japan and known as the Northern Territories..

    February 24, 2011

    China threat propels a new defence thinking in Japan

    Japan’s adoption of a new defence Guidelines to secure its southern “outlaying islands” closer to China suggests major shift in Japan’s Cold War security policy.

    December 20, 2010