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Umair Jamal

Umair Jamal

Umair Jamal is a graduate of School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is a research fellow with the Centre for Governance and Policy and a correspondent for The Diplomat, based in Lahore, Pakistan. His work has been featured in Foreign PolicyE-International RelationsThe News on Sunday, among others. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @UmairJamal15

The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
November 27, 2016
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
Pakistan’s next military chief faces a wide range of challenges on both the domestic and external fronts.  
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
November 21, 2016
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
The Pakistani state must end its support and tolerance of jihadist militants in the country's tribal areas.
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
November 14, 2016
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
The streak of attacks in Balochistan underlines Pakistan’s problem with the sectarian groups it used to support.
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
October 31, 2016
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
The messy politicking in Pakistan appears to be dominating the country’s counterterrorism strategies.
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
October 24, 2016
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
C.J. Dubash believes that Pakistan needs to make some strategic policy level reforms to revamp its outdated and broken education system.
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
After <em>Dawn</em>: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
October 13, 2016
After Dawn: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
A report on a closed-door meeting between the country’s civilian and military leadership has sent shock waves.
After Dawn: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
October 07, 2016
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
The "reverse exodus" of Afghan refugees will destroy another generation of Afghans.
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
Russia Wants to De-Hyphenate India and Pakistan. Should Delhi Worry?
September 27, 2016
Russia Wants to De-Hyphenate India and Pakistan. Should Delhi Worry?
Moscow’s recent attempt to de-hyphenate its relations with Pakistan and India will only frustrate New Dehli.
Russia Wants to De-Hyphenate India and Pakistan. Should Delhi Worry?
How Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Uses Politics to Support Its Campaign of Anti-Shia Terror in Pakistan
September 20, 2016
How Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Uses Politics to Support Its Campaign of Anti-Shia Terror in Pakistan
Pakistan’s national action plan against terrorism has proved a non-action plan as far as the crackdown on sectarian groups is concerned.
How Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Uses Politics to Support Its Campaign of Anti-Shia Terror in Pakistan
Let's Face It: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Is a Party With No Future
September 12, 2016
Let's Face It: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Is a Party With No Future
The PTI has no future in Pakistan’s politics unless a major change arises in the party’s political priorities.
Let's Face It: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Is a Party With No Future
Why the Pakistani State Can't Seem to Figure Out the MQM in Karachi
August 30, 2016
Why the Pakistani State Can't Seem to Figure Out the MQM in Karachi
By sidelining Karachi’s genuine leadership, the military is only sliding the city into a novel security and political vacuum.
Why the Pakistani State Can't Seem to Figure Out the MQM in Karachi
Modi’s Balochistan Gamble Puts Pakistan in the Driver's Seat
August 23, 2016
Modi’s Balochistan Gamble Puts Pakistan in the Driver's Seat
The Indian prime minister's ill-advised comment could come back to haunt India.
Modi’s Balochistan Gamble Puts Pakistan in the Driver's Seat
The Quetta Attack Exposes Pakistan’s Misplaced Counterterrorism Priorities
August 10, 2016
The Quetta Attack Exposes Pakistan’s Misplaced Counterterrorism Priorities
Pakistan cannot afford complacency in its counterterrorism efforts.
The Quetta Attack Exposes Pakistan’s Misplaced Counterterrorism Priorities
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa Challenge
August 02, 2016
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa Challenge
Is Pakistan closing in on Hafiz Saeed?
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa Challenge
Pakistan’s Failed Kashmir Policy
July 27, 2016
Pakistan’s Failed Kashmir Policy
"Pakistan’s decades-long policy of naked meddling in Indian administrated Kashmir has complicated the problem further."
Pakistan’s Failed Kashmir Policy
3 Reasons the US May Want an Extension for Pakistan's General Raheel Sharif
July 12, 2016
3 Reasons the US May Want an Extension for Pakistan's General Raheel Sharif
Is General Sharif's extension in the interest of the United States?
3 Reasons the US May Want an Extension for Pakistan's General Raheel Sharif
Understanding Karachi’s Complex Militant Landscape
July 05, 2016
Understanding Karachi’s Complex Militant Landscape
Instability will continue to haunt Karachi unless the city’s militant landscape is understood in its entirety.
Understanding Karachi’s Complex Militant Landscape
The Plight of Pakistan's Hindu Community
June 23, 2016
The Plight of Pakistan's Hindu Community
Pakistan’s approach of defining its nationalism in opposition to India has aggravated the plight of Hindus.
The Plight of Pakistan's Hindu Community
Saving Pakistan’s Dying Agriculture Sector
June 13, 2016
Saving Pakistan’s Dying Agriculture Sector
Pakistan cannot achieve sustained economic growth with its agriculture sector in decline.
Saving Pakistan’s Dying Agriculture Sector
Pakistan’s Way of Fighting Militancy: Wait Until the War Comes Home
June 01, 2016
Pakistan’s Way of Fighting Militancy: Wait Until the War Comes Home
The state’s policy of allowing fundamentalist groups to operate and preach freely in the country has radicalized Pakistani society.
Pakistan’s Way of Fighting Militancy: Wait Until the War Comes Home
Killing Mullah Mansour Might Have Been All About the Haqqani Network
May 26, 2016
Killing Mullah Mansour Might Have Been All About the Haqqani Network
For the new leadership of the Afghan Taliban, the peace process won't even be a back-burner issue.
Killing Mullah Mansour Might Have Been All About the Haqqani Network
After Panama Papers Scandal, Pakistani Democracy's Fate May Be in the Military's Hands
May 18, 2016
After Panama Papers Scandal, Pakistani Democracy's Fate May Be in the Military's Hands
The military might not want Sharif's government to collapse, but it may be forced to act soon.
After Panama Papers Scandal, Pakistani Democracy's Fate May Be in the Military's Hands
Should Pakistan Celebrate Sadiq Khan’s Big Win in London?
May 11, 2016
Should Pakistan Celebrate Sadiq Khan’s Big Win in London?
The political culture that allowed Khan's victory in London is sadly lacking in Pakistan.
Should Pakistan Celebrate Sadiq Khan’s Big Win in London?
Afghanistan: Why Ashraf Ghani's New Strategy Won't Work
April 30, 2016
Afghanistan: Why Ashraf Ghani's New Strategy Won't Work
Ashraf Ghani's new approach won't help him win Afghanistan's long struggle against the Taliban.
Afghanistan: Why Ashraf Ghani's New Strategy Won't Work
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