Geopolitics

Implacable Failures of the SAARC

Implacable Failures of the SAARC

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is one of the major regional organizations operating today. It occupies a land area greater than the EU and ASEAN, and enjoys superiority in terms of population over the two. In terms of GDP, it stands second to the EU. SAARC was […]

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Untangling the Qatar Labyrinth

Untangling the Qatar Labyrinth

The recent news of Saudi-led bloc’s diplomatic isolation of Qatar came as a surprise to many, including the United States. However, such a move has been in an offing for quite some time, and it is imperative to dissect the issue on factual lines rather than falling prey to populist […]

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The Afghan Dilemma and Policy Option

The Afghan Dilemma and Policy Option

With three devastating terrorist incidents in four days, Kabul is in lockdown and Afghanistan paralyzed. While there have been half a dozen major attacks in Kabul this year, including at the Afghan parliament, the Supreme Court and a military-run hospital, the May 31st one was one of the largest the […]

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Figure: The Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications centre (known as Sesame) in Jordan. Photograph: http://www.sesame.org.jo/

Open SESAME: The Success of Scientific Collaboration in the Age of Conflict

Middle East, for the greater part of this century been in turmoil. From violence to autocratic, from an Arab Spring to an Arab Winter, it is a cesspool of political experiments gone wrong. However, every now and then, something clicks, giving us much needed hope for a way out from […]

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Trump’s First Foreign Tour – Dynamism in the US Foreign Policy

Trump’s First Foreign Tour – Dynamism in the US Foreign Policy

It was 12th December, 2015 when Donald Trump tweeted about how the Saudi Prince’s public criticism of him was due to the fact that the Saudis would not be able to control the US political discourse using their oil money. A year and a half later on 20th May, 2017 […]

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Unfolding Brexit

Unfolding Brexit

There is an old joke about economists and their predictions on certain issues, “It’s the only field where two people can win a Noble prize for saying exactly the opposite things”. Everyone who has been asked to deliver their two cents on the referendum has given their own take on […]

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Rise of Kashmir Ikhwan 2.0

Rise of Kashmir Ikhwan 2.0

In a significant development in the recent history of insurgency in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa released a video on May 12 in which he warned the Hurriyat leadership to not term Kashmiri freedom struggle as a political movement. In the five minutes and 40 seconds video […]

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The Postures of Washington

The Postures of Washington

Under normal circumstances, the prevalent news regarding NATO should have been the addition of Montenegro as its 29th member state. However, it was slighted; eclipsed by Mr. Trump’s U-turn regarding his views on the relevance of NATO in the 21st century. During his campaign trail, after his election, and notoriously […]

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Tensive Tendrils of Pakistan Iran Relations

Tensive Tendrils of Pakistan Iran Relations

The recent statement by high ranking Major General Mohammad Baqeri to strike at “terror safe havens” inside Pakistan has caused a great tumult in the region.  In response, The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday cautioned Tehran that a warning issued by the Iranian army chief a day earlier was against […]

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Engaging with China Pakistan Russia Troika in Afghanistan: Turkey’s Way Forward

Engaging with China Pakistan Russia Troika in Afghanistan: Turkey’s Way Forward

Turkey, situated between the two great civilizations of east and west has always played an important role in the ever-changing global dynamics in the past, especially in the Muslim world, ranging from a unique non-combatant capacity building of war-torn Afghanistan to humanitarian aid of surrounded Gaza. After 9/11 attacks, when […]

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