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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.

What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics
July 12, 2018
What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics
If Sharif wants to have any role in Pakistan’s politics, he has no option but to return to Pakistan.
What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics
Why Can’t Pakistan Facilitate a Long-Term Ceasefire in Afghanistan?
July 04, 2018
Why Can’t Pakistan Facilitate a Long-Term Ceasefire in Afghanistan?
If Islamabad helped facilitate the recently concluded ceasefire, what’s stopping it from helping arrange a long-term ceasefire?
Why Can’t Pakistan Facilitate a Long-Term Ceasefire in Afghanistan?
How Can Islamabad Further Isolate the Pakistani Taliban?
June 27, 2018
How Can Islamabad Further Isolate the Pakistani Taliban?
Pakistan has a chance to isolate the militant group if the country decides to completely support the Afghan peace process.
How Can Islamabad Further Isolate the Pakistani Taliban?
Pakistan's 2018 Election: A Springboard for Radicals With Political Aspirations
June 21, 2018
Pakistan's 2018 Election: A Springboard for Radicals With Political Aspirations
Radical groups will make the most of Pakistan's upcoming election.
Pakistan's 2018 Election: A Springboard for Radicals With Political Aspirations
Mapping the Road to Pakistan's Next General Election
June 14, 2018
Mapping the Road to Pakistan's Next General Election
Pakistan's upcoming general elections will be a significant moment for the country's still-fragile democracy.
Mapping the Road to Pakistan's Next General Election
Understanding the Realpolitik Behind Pakistan's FATA-KP Provincial Merger
May 30, 2018
Understanding the Realpolitik Behind Pakistan's FATA-KP Provincial Merger
Why did a long-proposed idea to unite FATA and KP finally come to fruition now, in 2018?
Understanding the Realpolitik Behind Pakistan's FATA-KP Provincial Merger
Why Pakistan's Ruling Elite Are Losing the Narrative War Against Radical Islamists
May 24, 2018
Why Pakistan's Ruling Elite Are Losing the Narrative War Against Radical Islamists
Pakistan's government has lost the brief momentum it had to fight radical Islamist groups.
Why Pakistan's Ruling Elite Are Losing the Narrative War Against Radical Islamists
What Will India-Pakistan Peace Take?
May 11, 2018
What Will India-Pakistan Peace Take?
Is a genuine normalization of relations between India and Pakistan possible?
What Will India-Pakistan Peace Take?
Democracy and Judicial Activism in Pakistan
May 01, 2018
Democracy and Judicial Activism in Pakistan
Is growing judicial activism in Pakistan coming at the expanse of democracy in the country?
Democracy and Judicial Activism in Pakistan
Is the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement a Threat to the Pakistani Military's Interests?
April 26, 2018
Is the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement a Threat to the Pakistani Military's Interests?
The military is taking the grievances of Pakistan's disgruntled Pashtuns seriously.
Is the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement a Threat to the Pakistani Military's Interests?
Can Nawaz Sharif Make a Return to the Top in Pakistan?
April 20, 2018
Can Nawaz Sharif Make a Return to the Top in Pakistan?
What should former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif do to see his party win the next general election?
Can Nawaz Sharif Make a Return to the Top in Pakistan?
Explaining the Origins of Conservative Pakistani Criticisms of Malala Yousafzai
March 31, 2018
Explaining the Origins of Conservative Pakistani Criticisms of Malala Yousafzai
Why does Pakistan’s mainstream love to hate Malala?
Explaining the Origins of Conservative Pakistani Criticisms of Malala Yousafzai
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
March 28, 2018
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
Washington needs to give the dialogue process a chance in Afghanistan.
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
How the Pakistani Military Establishment Is Localizing Its Political Influence
March 14, 2018
How the Pakistani Military Establishment Is Localizing Its Political Influence
What do recent Senate elections in Pakistan tell us about the future of democracy in the country?
How the Pakistani Military Establishment Is Localizing Its Political Influence
Is the Pakistani Judiciary Undermining Counterterrorism Efforts?
March 10, 2018
Is the Pakistani Judiciary Undermining Counterterrorism Efforts?
What does it mean when Hafiz Saeed is allowed to walk free by the courts?
Is the Pakistani Judiciary Undermining Counterterrorism Efforts?
Why Did China Pull Support for Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force?
February 26, 2018
Why Did China Pull Support for Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force?
China is not likely to offer blanket support to Pakistan internationally. Recent events at the FATF show that.
Why Did China Pull Support for Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force?
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
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