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Umair Jamal

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.

By-Election in Punjab Reveals an Uphill Struggle for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf
February 14, 2018
By-Election in Punjab Reveals an Uphill Struggle for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf
What does the recent by-election in Punjab tell us about the province's political dynamics?
By-Election in Punjab Reveals an Uphill Struggle for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf
What Explains Afghanistan’s Early-2018 Surge in Violence?
February 02, 2018
What Explains Afghanistan’s Early-2018 Surge in Violence?
Competing regional interests have only intensified Afghanistan’s security miseries.
What Explains Afghanistan’s Early-2018 Surge in Violence?
The Politics of Electioneering in Pakistan
January 26, 2018
The Politics of Electioneering in Pakistan
The stakes are high for civilian supremacy in Pakistan in the leadup to the next elections.
The Politics of Electioneering in Pakistan
What Pakistan's Decision to Pull Out of a Mega Dam Project Tells Us About the Future of CPEC
January 11, 2018
What Pakistan's Decision to Pull Out of a Mega Dam Project Tells Us About the Future of CPEC
There's much more to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor than the rosy headlines touting friendship between Islamabad and Beijing.
What Pakistan's Decision to Pull Out of a Mega Dam Project Tells Us About the Future of CPEC
10 Years After Benazir Bhutto's Death, What Lies Ahead for the Pakistan People's Party?
December 31, 2017
10 Years After Benazir Bhutto's Death, What Lies Ahead for the Pakistan People's Party?
Can Benazir Bhutto’s son create bring his mother’s dynamism to the party’s politics?
10 Years After Benazir Bhutto's Death, What Lies Ahead for the Pakistan People's Party?
Sharp Words From the United States Will Achieve Little in Pakistan
December 27, 2017
Sharp Words From the United States Will Achieve Little in Pakistan
It's time for the United States to take note of some realities in Pakistan.
Sharp Words From the United States Will Achieve Little in Pakistan
Can Pakistan Pursue an Independent Foreign Policy?
December 19, 2017
Can Pakistan Pursue an Independent Foreign Policy?
Pakistan cannot follow an independent foreign policy unless the country’s ruling elite makes changes domestically.
Can Pakistan Pursue an Independent Foreign Policy?
Why Pakistan’s Ruling Party Should Aim For an Early Election
December 12, 2017
Why Pakistan’s Ruling Party Should Aim For an Early Election
An alleged state led resistance to the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s rule can only subside if the party wins a colossal mandate in the next general elections.
Why Pakistan’s Ruling Party Should Aim For an Early Election
Is the Province of Punjab Meeting its Education Challenge Effectively?
November 30, 2017
Is the Province of Punjab Meeting its Education Challenge Effectively?
Nonattendance, lack of infrastructure, gender disparity and quality of education remain major challenges in the province.
Is the Province of Punjab Meeting its Education Challenge Effectively?
Islamists in Pakistan Reverse Counterterrorism Efforts
November 28, 2017
Islamists in Pakistan Reverse Counterterrorism Efforts
Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts are back to square one.
Islamists in Pakistan Reverse Counterterrorism Efforts
What Islamists ‘Sit-ins’ in Islamabad Say About Pakistan's Militancy Problem
November 21, 2017
What Islamists ‘Sit-ins’ in Islamabad Say About Pakistan's Militancy Problem
Does Pakistan need a de-radicalization plan for itself?
What Islamists ‘Sit-ins’ in Islamabad Say About Pakistan's Militancy Problem
Karachi’s Migrants and Militants
November 14, 2017
Karachi’s Migrants and Militants
Karachi's politics are a mess, thanks to outside interference by Pakistan's security establishment and elites.
Karachi’s Migrants and Militants
How Will US Demands For Pakistan to 'Do More' on Terror Work?
October 26, 2017
How Will US Demands For Pakistan to 'Do More' on Terror Work?
Taking a “conditions-based” approach, the United States wants Pakistan to do more to fight extremism.
How Will US Demands For Pakistan to 'Do More' on Terror Work?
The Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan
October 18, 2017
The Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan
What does the continued persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan say about politics and religion in the country?
The Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
October 12, 2017
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
Is the U.S. going to try the same approach to Pakistan -- one last time?
'One Last Time': The United States and Afghanistan-Pakistan Cooperation
Can the House of Sharif Survive in Pakistan?
October 05, 2017
Can the House of Sharif Survive in Pakistan?
Can Nawaz Sharif overcome a number of impending challenges that his political party faces?
Can the House of Sharif Survive in Pakistan?
The Islamic State's Support Base in Pakistan Continues to Grow
September 28, 2017
The Islamic State's Support Base in Pakistan Continues to Grow
The Islamic State's flag emerges in Pakistan's capital. How serious is the threat?
The Islamic State's Support Base in Pakistan Continues to Grow
Nawaz Sharif's Return to Politics Will Only Deepen Pakistan's Constitutional Crisis 
September 26, 2017
Nawaz Sharif's Return to Politics Will Only Deepen Pakistan's Constitutional Crisis 
Sharif’s return to political leadership in the PML(N) will jeopardize Pakistan's already dire constitutional problems.
Nawaz Sharif's Return to Politics Will Only Deepen Pakistan's Constitutional Crisis 
Is a Paradigm Shift in Pakistan's Regional Policy Possible?
September 14, 2017
Is a Paradigm Shift in Pakistan's Regional Policy Possible?
Pakistan needs an alternative vision of the state to implement a new regional security policy.
Is a Paradigm Shift in Pakistan's Regional Policy Possible?
Pakistan’s New Big Threat: A Bulging Population
August 31, 2017
Pakistan’s New Big Threat: A Bulging Population
Pakistan’s unrestricted population rise and radical demographic changes present real dangers to the country’s existence.
Pakistan’s New Big Threat: A Bulging Population
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
August 28, 2017
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
The United States is not working on a winning strategy in Afghanistan anymore.
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
The Significance of Nawaz Sharif's Empty Parliamentary Seat in Pakistan
August 22, 2017
The Significance of Nawaz Sharif's Empty Parliamentary Seat in Pakistan
A by-election in Punjab is set to define the course of Pakistan’s next general elections.
The Significance of Nawaz Sharif's Empty Parliamentary Seat in Pakistan
What Is Behind the Political ‘Mainstreaming’ of Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan?
August 08, 2017
What Is Behind the Political ‘Mainstreaming’ of Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan?
Offering political platforms to groups with jihadist agendas will only complicate Pakistan’s militant problem.
What Is Behind the Political ‘Mainstreaming’ of Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan?
A Massive Corruption Probe in Pakistan Exposes Split in Ruling Party
July 28, 2017
A Massive Corruption Probe in Pakistan Exposes Split in Ruling Party
Pakistan's ruling party is teetering on the precipice.
A Massive Corruption Probe in Pakistan Exposes Split in Ruling Party
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