Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia has Tragic History but not at the Hands of Turks

M K Bhadrakumar l A defining moment came, rather unnoticed, when the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) held a virtual meeting on July 13 where the group’s relations with Turkey was on the...
doorstep

‘Saudi spring’ on India’s doorstep

M.K. Bhadrakumar |  The breakthrough in India’s relations with Saudi Arabia stands out undoubtedly as a foreign-policy success story of the Modi government. This was on full display at the India Energy Forum meet at New...
Foreign Policy

Dimensions of Pakistan’s foreign policy

Every new government has its own way of foreign policy formulation. This time it will be Pakistan Tehrik e Insaaf’s (PTI) turn. According to Imran Khan, “PTI would formulate an independent foreign policy to...
Border clashes

2020 Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Skirmishes and Reactions

Nuray Rustamova, Yunis Sharifli, Ilkin Akhundlu and Melek Novruzova l Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a peak for the first time since the April 2016 fighting, with a ceasefire violation along the border between Azerbaijan's...
sudan

Sudan At The Cusp Of Revolution

Asif Haroon Raja l Sudan had remained a colony of the British for 56 years after which it gained independence on January 1, 1956. Located in northeastern Africa, it shares border with Egypt to the...
China's

US-Iran Phony War: Another Attempt To Strangle China

Angkoso Nugroho l The US is going for China’s jugular vein - its booming export-oriented economy - by trying to significantly reduce China’s massive oil imports. Journalists coined a special term for the the first few...
US

Bolton’s Exit Impacts US Foreign Policy

M K Bhadrakumar l At a press briefing Tuesday afternoon in Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cautioned against any rushed estimation that the exit of National Security Advisor John Bolton signalled a seismic...
coronaphobia

Of Coronaphobia and Myths

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Amid global fear, ignited by coronavirus, different myths pertaining to this global contagion have also surfaced. People obsessed with coronaphobia are blindly relying on such myths. They find them as...
Saudi

Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty

James Dorsey | The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting...
Indian

The Russo-Indian Oil Deal Is an ‘Unpleasant Surprise’ for Iran

Andrew Korybko | New RT columnist and former Indian naval intelligence officer Shishir Upadhyaya published an article over the weekend titled “Unpleasant surprise for Washington? US oil sanctions on Iran force India to look to Russia“,...
Prince Mohammed

The Most Powerful Arab Ruler

Opinion | Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the 29-year-old commander of the almost negligible air force of the United Arab Emirates, had come to Washington shopping for weapons.In 1991, in the months after Iraq’s invasion of...
watchdog

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance measures

James M. Dorsey | A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over...
Islam

Pandemic and Faith

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Islam is the religion of all ages. It is the most adaptive, assimilative and accommodating religion of the world that provides its adherents an unparalleled blueprint to lead an exemplary...
China

Will China Become Sole Superpower?

China is an empire in the modern sense — a nation strengthened (but also held hostage) by its long supply chains, compelled to ever greater economic and political intercourse to preserve its interests, and increasingly...
India's

India’s Dormant Foreign Policy

M K Bhadrakumar l In a trove of declassified CIA documents some years ago, there was a list of Soviet jokes from the 1980s offering the glimpse of a secret American weapon to debunk and demoralise the...
FATF

Pakistan And The FATF Grey List

Oriental Review l The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions, with the objectives of the to set standards and promote effective implementation...
Central Asia

US Rolls Out New Central Asia Strategy

M K Bhadrakumar l Every five to six years, roughly, the United States comes out with a ‘new’ Central Asia strategy. The Indian automobile industry might call it “facelift” — cosmetic changes to create an...
denuclearization

South Koreans arrive in North amid stalled denuclearization talks

News Desk | South Korean envoys held talks in North Korea on Wednesday to finalize details on a third North-South summit to be held this month amid stalled talks on denuclearization between the North and...
Peace Agreement

Glitches after Historic Peace Agreement

Asif Haroon Raja l The Taliban regime under Mullah Omar took over power after capturing Kabul in October 1996. It managed to eliminate war lordism, poppy growing and crimes and restore normalcy by introducing strict...
North Korea

Will Trump be left standing alone against North Korea?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | On Tuesday, even as Moon Jae-in got elected as South Korea’s next president, in faraway Oslo, North Korean and American representatives sat down to hold “informal discussions” for the second day. The...
Kashmir

Modi and ‘Incredible India’

Saad Rasool | One year on from Modi’s revocation of Article 370—resulting in the illegal annexation of Kashmir and the imposition of a draconian curfew across the valley—the world seems to be waking up to...
OBOR

How Putin intends to jump on the OBOR bandwagon

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Russia has not been a significant beneficiary so far of the Chinese honeypot known as Belt and Road Initiative – although there is vast untapped potential to attract Chinese investments into...
Erdogan

Erdogan Asserts Rebirth of an Islamic Turkey at Hagia Sophia

To President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his religious conservative supporters, the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque is a milestone in Turkey’s rebirth as a powerful, Muslim nation after a century of...
ISIS

Why the US Re-Deployed HTS-ISIS terrorists from Idlib to Afghanistan?

Firas Samuri | Recent intensified fighting and offensive action in Idlib proved the U.S. is losing its ideak leadership. The more so, there is much talk today about the risks of a new era of...
UNSC

UNSC Meeting: Pakistan’s Victory on Diplomatic Front

TIC Focus | The UN Security Council held a consultative meeting on Friday to discuss the Kashmir issue where Pakistan urged the world body to implement its own resolutions on this 70-year-old dispute.It being a...
china

Making China Great Again

Oriental Review l France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct. Last...

China, Iran, Russia: Foreign Threats to 2020 US Elections

M K Bhadrakumar l The statement by the Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina on August 7 giving an “unclassified overview of foreign threats” to the 2020 US presidential election selectively...
Covid-19

Coronavirus and its Impact on Global Dynamics

Asif Haroon Raja l During the Cold War, the two antagonists – USA and former Soviet Union - in their bid to safeguard the vital western and eastern hemispheres and to increase respective spheres of...
Bank

Modi’s Demonetization: Indian bank data negates Indian Govt claims

News Desk | In a new report that will possibly turn into a major disaster for the Indian government, the country's central bank has revealed that 99.30% of the currency demonetized in November 2016 is...
Oil Exporter

US Could Change Global Geopolitics By Becoming The Top Oil Exporter In 2024

Andrew Korybko | The International Energy Agency forecast that the US could become the world’s top oil exporter by 2024. The report attributes this to “the incredible strength of its shale industry”, noting that it amounts to “a...

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