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Umair Jamal

Umair Jamal is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for The Diplomat, based in Lahore, Pakistan. His research focuses primarily on the analysis of South Asian security and politics. His work has been featured in number of renowned media outlets including Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, Asia Times, The News on Sunday, Pakistan Today and others. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @UmairJamal15.

Pakistan’s Economy Remains Imran Khan’s Biggest Challenge
May 21, 2019
Pakistan’s Economy Remains Imran Khan’s Biggest Challenge
The task of effectively managing the economy is going to be the government’s biggest political challenge in the coming months.
Pakistan’s Economy Remains Imran Khan’s Biggest Challenge
Challenges Ahead for Pakistan-India Relations After the Indian Elections
May 11, 2019
Challenges Ahead for Pakistan-India Relations After the Indian Elections
The relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad will remain difficult.
Challenges Ahead for Pakistan-India Relations After the Indian Elections
Pakistan-Iran Relations Under Imran Khan
April 30, 2019
Pakistan-Iran Relations Under Imran Khan
How significant was the Pakistani prime minister’s visit, especially right after a major attack in Balochistan?
Pakistan-Iran Relations Under Imran Khan
Early Warning? The Resignation of Pakistan’s Finance Minister Raises Unpleasant Questions
April 23, 2019
Early Warning? The Resignation of Pakistan’s Finance Minister Raises Unpleasant Questions
A longtime member of Imran Khan’s inner circle steps down. What does it mean?
Early Warning? The Resignation of Pakistan’s Finance Minister Raises Unpleasant Questions
Pakistan Revisits the Usefulness of ‘Armed Militias’—For What?
April 17, 2019
Pakistan Revisits the Usefulness of ‘Armed Militias’—For What?
Why does Pakistan’s prime minister believe that the country has no use for armed groups?
Pakistan Revisits the Usefulness of ‘Armed Militias’—For What?
Why the Taliban Are in Control of the Afghan Peace Process
April 10, 2019
Why the Taliban Are in Control of the Afghan Peace Process
The Afghan peace process is at the mercy of the Taliban.
Why the Taliban Are in Control of the Afghan Peace Process
Should Pakistan PM Imran Khan Expect a Major Opposition Party Challenge Soon?
March 27, 2019
Should Pakistan PM Imran Khan Expect a Major Opposition Party Challenge Soon?
The PPP and the PML-N are in disarray, leaving Khan with a clear runway for now.
Should Pakistan PM Imran Khan Expect a Major Opposition Party Challenge Soon?
US-Taliban Talks: To What End?
March 22, 2019
US-Taliban Talks: To What End?
Are the talks really going anywhere?
US-Taliban Talks: To What End?
Understanding the Latest India-Pakistan Meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor
March 18, 2019
Understanding the Latest India-Pakistan Meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor
Can the Kartarpur corridor become a source of meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan?
Understanding the Latest India-Pakistan Meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor
From Pulwama to Balakot: What Did Pakistan Learn From the Recent Crisis?
March 05, 2019
From Pulwama to Balakot: What Did Pakistan Learn From the Recent Crisis?
What did Pakistan learn from the latest round of tensions with India?
From Pulwama to Balakot: What Did Pakistan Learn From the Recent Crisis?
Does the OIC Have a Role to Play in India-Pakistan Crises?
February 27, 2019
Does the OIC Have a Role to Play in India-Pakistan Crises?
Can the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) act as a crisis manager between India and Pakistan?
Does the OIC Have a Role to Play in India-Pakistan Crises?
Pakistan’s Governance Changes Won’t Be Enough to Offer It Economic Salvation
February 22, 2019
Pakistan’s Governance Changes Won’t Be Enough to Offer It Economic Salvation
Pakistan is patching strategic problems with tactical solutions.
Pakistan’s Governance Changes Won’t Be Enough to Offer It Economic Salvation
Understanding the Origins of the Pulwama Attack Inside Pakistan
February 16, 2019
Understanding the Origins of the Pulwama Attack Inside Pakistan
Who benefits from the Pulwama attack?  
Understanding the Origins of the Pulwama Attack Inside Pakistan
Understanding Russia’s Motivations in Hosting Inter-Afghan Talks
February 12, 2019
Understanding Russia’s Motivations in Hosting Inter-Afghan Talks
Why is Russia keen on taking center stage as Afghanistan enters a new phase?
Understanding Russia’s Motivations in Hosting Inter-Afghan Talks
How Pakistan's Struggling Economy Creates Opportunities for Imran Khan
January 28, 2019
How Pakistan's Struggling Economy Creates Opportunities for Imran Khan
Imran Khan may have an opportunity that wasn't available to his predecessor.
How Pakistan's Struggling Economy Creates Opportunities for Imran Khan
Why the Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk
January 15, 2019
Why the Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk
The Taliban has many reasons to seek talks with Afghanistan’s neighbors.
Why the Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk
Billions at a Cost: Pakistan’s Arab State Windfall
January 10, 2019
Billions at a Cost: Pakistan’s Arab State Windfall
Billions of dollars are pouring into Pakistan from Arab countries, but at what cost?
Billions at a Cost: Pakistan’s Arab State Windfall
What Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Latest Prison Sentence Means
December 26, 2018
What Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Latest Prison Sentence Means
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
What Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Latest Prison Sentence Means
Taking Stock of Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Efforts, 4 Years After the Army Public School Attack
December 21, 2018
Taking Stock of Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Efforts, 4 Years After the Army Public School Attack
Just how far have things improved in the last four years?
Taking Stock of Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Efforts, 4 Years After the Army Public School Attack
How the Pakistani State Cracked Down on Tehreek-e-Labbaik
December 07, 2018
How the Pakistani State Cracked Down on Tehreek-e-Labbaik
How was Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) rounded up by the Pakistani state?
How the Pakistani State Cracked Down on Tehreek-e-Labbaik
Making Sense of the India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor Opening
November 28, 2018
Making Sense of the India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor Opening
The Kartarpur corridor may be a good confidence-building measure between the two countries, but it’s not a game changer.
Making Sense of the India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor Opening
Trump Points the Finger at Pakistan Again. What Does It Mean for Afghanistan?
November 21, 2018
Trump Points the Finger at Pakistan Again. What Does It Mean for Afghanistan?
What Trump’s latest tirade against Pakistan means for Washington’s plans in Afghanistan.
Trump Points the Finger at Pakistan Again. What Does It Mean for Afghanistan?
Greater Than the State Itself: Pakistan’s Everyday Extremists Take On Its Institutions
November 02, 2018
Greater Than the State Itself: Pakistan’s Everyday Extremists Take On Its Institutions
The case of Aasia Bibi should be a wake-up call to Pakistan’s ruling elite.
Greater Than the State Itself: Pakistan’s Everyday Extremists Take On Its Institutions
What Explains Saudi Arabia's Latest Round of Financial Assistance to Pakistan?
October 30, 2018
What Explains Saudi Arabia's Latest Round of Financial Assistance to Pakistan?
Why would the Saudis agree to help Pakistan out this time?
What Explains Saudi Arabia's Latest Round of Financial Assistance to Pakistan?
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