PUBLICATIONS
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: An Afghan Trail from Jihad to Terrorism covers the life history of one of Afghanistan’s most prominent warlords. For decades, Hekmatyar has been an important character in successive phases of Afghan warfare. His organisation, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan, has significantlly contributed to the post-9/11, Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan. The study attempts to answer questions such as: How has Hekmatyar survived so many phases of warfare in Afghanistan’s recent history? What  distinguishes him from other notorious Afghan warlords such Rashid Dostum? Is he motivated as much by religious radicalism as does Taliban leader Mullah Omar, or merely using religious radicalism as a cover to realise his age-old pragmatic goal of capturing political power in Kabul? See Book Review in Dawn
     
    India and Pakistan: Charting a Path to Peace is a historical account of the problems inherent in relationship between South Asia’s two arch rivals. It takes the readers to the pre-partition days in an attempt to search the root-causes of the Subcontinent’s most devastating hostility, and charts out a clear course for its eventual ending. The book was published in early 2004, when the two countries had just resumed the peace process. The cautiously optimistic scenario the study presented at the time is still relevant today. The book argues that while Kashmir dispute remains a major impediment to peace in South Asia, Pakistan cannot afford to ignore the blowback from the jihadi warfare in Kashmir, nor can India escape the fact that its repressive policy in Kashmir reflects adversely on its democratic credibility.
    Pakistan in a Changing World: Foreign Policy Options  is an edited volume of proceedings of a national conference on ‘Pakistan and the Changing World’ held in Murree, Pakistan, in July 1997. The conference was participated by directors of Area Study Centres dealing with the Americas, Africa, Europe, South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, and the Middle East situated at six leading universities across Pakistan. The papers cover the challenges and prospects for Pakistan’s foreign policy vis-à-vis each of these continents and regions at the turn of the century—such as how to deal with Afghanistan under Taliban, tackle the US tilt towards India, pursue a ‘Look East’ policy towards South-East Asia, benefit from Europe’s growing global significance and consolidate Pakistan's ties with Gulf countries?
    Nuclear Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia is an edited volume of proceedings of an international conference on the 'Nuclear Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia' held in Islamabad in April 1995 on the eve of indefinite extension of the  Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) the same year. The conference was participated by scholars, scientists and diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, Germany, Japan, India, Egypt, Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The papers offer varied perspectives on the international non-proliferation regime, its principal dilemmas and future prospects, with a particular focus on South Asia. The book’s conclusive arguments are a reminder of the fact that much of the scholarly discourse on the NPT remains as relevant today as it was in the preceeding decades.
The Nuclear Danger: Moving Down to Minimum Deterrence discusses the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) process between the United States and Russia in a historical context, as well as the principal challenges it faced and its future prospects at the time of its publication in 1996. The START process, the study argues, aims to constrain the first-strike potential of the two nuclear powers and allow them to deploy their respective strategic weapons at lower level of forces and in survivable ways. Moving down to minimum deterrence levels, the study argues, will stabilise US-Russian deterrence relationship. Arms control, the book additionally argues, is not merely about limiting or reducing arms; rather, it includes all measures to prevent the occurrence of war or to limit its scope should it occur.