Taliban

‘New Taliban’ and their Old Central Asian Neighbors

M K Bhadrakumar l 'New Taliban' and their Old Central Asian Neighbors: Compared to the events two decades ago when the Afghan Taliban appeared in the Amu Darya region in northern Afghanistan and Central Asian...
J&K

India’s narrative on J&K is hyperbolic

M K Bhadrakumar l India’s narrative on J&K is hyperbolic: Editorials have appeared in two leading Delhi newspapers  (here and here) urging the government to present a credible, appealing diplomatic narrative on the J&K developments.  The Indian narrative...
SCO

Could SCO Contribute to Resolving Kashmir Crisis?

Andrew Korybko | The idea is that Russia and China, which have historically been closer to India and Pakistan (both of which are member states of the SCO) respectively, could join forces in somehow encouraging...
India

India, Russia and the post-American Century

M K Bhadrakumar l India’s impending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system has come to be the leitmotif of the “2+2” dialogue of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the United States...
Pakistan

Pakistan and the other — stans

Sabah Aslam l From the coasts of Caspian Sea to the rouged lands touching Afghanistan, there lies a belt of resource rich countries – the Central Asian States. Comprising five states, the region is fast...
Color Revolution

Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?

Andrew Korybko | Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?: Russia’s CSTO mutual defense ally and fellow Eurasian Union member Kyrgyzstan has been suddenly thrown into yet another crisis earlier this week...
Arab Revolt

Another ‘Arab Revolt’?

M K Bhadrakumar l The Arab sheikhs who instigated the US-Iran standoff have heard the African proverb, ‘When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’. But they chose to ignore it. The assumption in...
Trump

It’s In Kashmir Where Trump Can Win The Nobel Peace Prize

Andrew Korybko | It’s In Kashmir Where Trump Can Win The Nobel Peace Prize: India just did everything that “Israel” wished it could do in Palestine by abrogating Kashmir’s relative “autonomy”, imposing a draconian curfew in...
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...
Kashmir

Kashmir Is India’s Palestine, Palestine Is “Israel’s” Kashmir

Andrew Korybko | India’s revocation of Kashmir’s relative “autonomy” embodies everything that its new “Israeli” ally wishes it could do to Palestine such as eliminating its separate political status and giving non-residents of the UNSC-recognized...
Secrecy and Lies

Secrecy and Lies: Chernobyl and the U.S. Government

Jacob G. Hornberger | SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet seen the excellent HBO miniseries Chernobyl and might yet do so, you might want to wait to read this article until after you have seen the...
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...

China’s Rise in the Middle East: Beyond Economics

James M. Dorsey | If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power,...
Afghan War

Who’s afraid of Afghan peace talks – Kabul and Delhi?

M K Bhadrakumar | Henry Kissinger wouldn’t have approved the way Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, handles the Afghan peace talks. Even if Tweeter were in vogue in the late sixties, Kissinger...

2019: A Bad Year For Indian Air Force

An Indian Air Force plane carrying eight crew members and five passengers has mysteriously vanished. This incident happened months after Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets in late February in the...
Russia

Russia has more in common with Israel than you may think

M K Bhadrakumar | The rocky partnership between Russia and Iran in the Syrian conflict is entering a turbulent period. The unprecedented US-Russia-Israel security summit due to take place in Jerusalem next month has no other explanation.  A...
Kashmir

Modi’s betrayal of Iran is only the beginning

M K Bhadrakumar | The sudden visit to New Delhi by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a meeting on May 14 with the outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the dying...
Imran Khan

New India expects Pak obedience, not camaraderie

It is no big secret that the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a damp squib. The impression becomes unavoidable that the decision to invite the little-known BIMSTEC...
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...
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...
master

Iran’s master plan to isolate the US

M K Bhadrakumar | The new kids on the block are unaware that not a year had passed since the Islamic Revolution in Iran 40 years ago when US sanctions against that country wasn’t a...
Sinéad O’Connor 

Popular Irish Singer Converts to Islam

News Desk | The singer formerly known as Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada’. She made the announcement on Twitter, saying her conversion was “the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture...
Khashoggi

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle...

James M Dorsey | Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and environments in...
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...
bluff poker

MBS: Riding roughshod or playing a risky game of bluff poker?

James M. Dorsey | A stalemate in efforts to determine what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is threatening to escalate into a crisis that could usher in a new era in relations between the...
legacy

A hat trick for Trump’s presidential legacy

M.K. BHADRAKUMAR | It is clear by now that US President Donald Trump’s remark on Thursday as he was setting out for the Group of 7 (G7) summit in Canada on the readmission of Russia...
corruption

From control to corruption

Dr Farid A Malik | Control of the democratic process has resulted in massive political corruption that we have to deal with today. Controlled democracy does not work. It has been repeatedly tried but with poor...
Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horrible cost

James M. Dorsey | The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the...
confrontation

Battling it out at the UN: Potholes overshadow US-Iran confrontation

James M. Dorsey | It’s easy to dismiss Iranian denunciations of the United States and its Middle Eastern allies as part of the Islamic republic's long-standing rhetoric. The rhetoric makes it equally easy to understand...
Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama: Identity politics is undermining democracy

Nathan Gardels | Francis Fukuyama is a political scientist at Stanford University. His latest book is “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment,” which came out in September. He recently spoke with The...

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