Panjshir

Taliban: Shattering the Legend of Panjshir Valley

M K Bhadrakumar l Panjshir has fallen to the Taliban with a bang — and a whimper. The bang is because a 40-year old legend lies shattered, the legend of the invincibility of Panjshir Valley....
Afghanistan

Power Shift in Afghanistan: Its Possible Effects on Iran

Gandab Valiyeva l The Biden administration's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31 has created instability in the country. Following this decision, the Taliban in the country became active and took all control of...
deep-sea

Deep-Sea Mining and International Maritime Law

Humankind’s transition to ‘low-carbon economies powered by ‘green energy’ has increased the demand for strategic metals such as Manganese, Nickel, Cobalt, Gold, Silver and rare earth. When coupled with the exhausting land resources, it...
United States

United States Must Take on Chinese Authoritarianism

Saad Hafiz l  The outcome of the geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China may well define the rest of the 21st century. It is a multi-layered strategic battle for power and influence—manifested in...
China

US-China Relations at Crossroads

M K Bhadrakumar l The Biden Administration, in dire straits over Afghanistan, is pursuing China for help. There have been two phone calls to Chinese State Councilor and FM Wang Yi from US Secretary of...
Chinese

The Chinese World Order in Making ?

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Lately, Chinese communist party (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary with great pomp and show. The event was marked by spectacular performances. In a rousing opening, the performers chanted slogans celebrating...
Panjshir Valley

The Untold Secrets of Panjshir Valley

M K Bhadrakumar l Many Indian analysts are ecstatic that the Taliban’s goose is cooked, as Amrullah Saleh, deposed president Ashraf Ghani’s former deputy, is on the march to marshal an anti-Taliban resistance movement, a la the...
Afghanistan

Like it or Not, Taliban is Afghanistan’s True Independence Movement

 Eric MARGOLIS l After 20 years of B-52 carpet bombing of Afghanistan, murderous drone strikes, 350,000 puppet soldiers, 20,000 mercenaries, nearly two trillion dollars in US spending, destruction of countless Afghan villages, the killing up to...

Afghan-Central Asian Connectivity Platform

The most important outcome of last month’s virtual Afghan-Central Asian Foreign Ministers meeting was “the need to create a political framework that would strengthen cooperation between these countries in various fields”, which should be...

Taliban Discredited US Nation-Building Goal in Afghanistan

Andrew Korybko | The whole world now realizes that the US has the opposite of the Midas touch since it destroys all those Global South nations that it invaded under the pretext of “nation-building”. The Taliban...
Taliban

Afghanistan’s Political Chessboard under Taliban Rule

M K Bhadrakumar l The explosion of life is unstoppable even after Taliban takeover. The first buds are edging their roots from the dirt no sooner than Ashraf Ghani fled Kabul on Sunday, without telling...

Impact of Iran’s Presidential Elections on its Strategic Autonomy

M K Bhadrakumar l The western analysts feel agitated about Iran’s refusal to play by the rule book of liberal democracy. They feel indignant even as Tehran released on Tuesday the final list of candidates found qualified...
Pax Americana

A Last Ditch Effort to Save ‘Pax Americana’

M K Bhadrakumar l Anyone who tried to divine the Russia policy of the Biden presidency out of the corpus of statements by current and prospective officials in the new administration would know by now...

Afghanistan: 20 Years After US Invasion

Geography and history have left Afghanistan a fractured landscape, the contours of which are re-emerging as the United States withdraws from its 20-year engagement. Landlocked in Central Asia, Afghanistan has a history of being a...
war

The Coming War?

Saad Rasool | Even in these extremely uncertain coronavirus times, there is one thing that can be asserted with some measure of certainty: a new war, a new Great Game, a new world order, is...
Tehran

The Road to Tehran will Soon Get Crowded

M K Bhadrakumar l There have been two successive setbacks in the past one-year period to the New Delhi-Tehran relationship. India has been literally eased out of two strategically important projects in Iran that were full of...
China

China Blocks US Bases in Central Asia

M K Bhadrakumar l Ten months after the first meeting of the foreign ministers of China and the five Central Asian states, Beijing has followed through with a second session on May 11 at a...
US

US-Taliban Acquiesce to Live and Let Live

M K Bhadrakumar l As the US and NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan enters the second week, certain trends are appearing on the security front as well as at the diplomatic and political level. The...
Saudi Arabia

Can Saudi Arabia and Iran Ease Tensions?

Bilateral talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not end their rivalry but could de-escalate conflict in areas where both have influence, including Yemen. News of rare talks between two of the Middle East’s biggest adversaries comes...
India

India Amidst Major Power Competition

Jawad Falak l On 7 April, the US Navy conducted a ‘navigation operation’ within Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) without any intimation to India. To add insult to injury, the US 7th Fleet openly officially...
Ukraine

Why Does Ukraine Want War?

Andrew Korybko | Ukraine wants war with Russia due to a combination of domestic and international factors, but such a scenario would be disastrous for the Eastern European country and only serve the interests of...
Jordan

The Coup that didn’t Happen in Jordan

The most we know is that on April 3, 2021, the Jordan Chief of Staff, General Youssef Huneiti, came to politely inform Prince Hamza that he was under house arrest and that he was...
US

US Expects Russia to Submit. Will it?

M K Bhadrakumar l In his landmark foreign policy speech delivered from the US state department on February 4, President Joe Biden had proclaimed that “America is back. Diplomacy is back at the centre of our foreign...
Duqm Port

Duqm Port and Maritime Competition in Indian Ocean

Abdul Wahab l Duqm port has immense importance due to its strategic location. Duqm port is a segment of the SEZAD project (Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm) in the Sultanate of Oman. The port,...
US

Final US-Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Zamir Awan l After two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, losing thousands of servicemen, losing trillion dollars, killing millions of innocent Afghans, destroying millions of homes, damaging Afghanistan completely, finally, the US accepted its defeat...

Freedom of Navigation under International Law

This article focuses on the application of the broad principles of freedom of the high seas and navigation rights, as outlined in the LOSC, within specific situations that permit coastal States to impose some...
China

China-Iran Strategic Accord: A Game Changer – III

M K Bhadrakumar l The China-Iran joint statement of last Saturday has made waves in the international media and among regional analysts from Israel to India. Israel is anxious that there is going to be security cooperation...
China

China-Iran Strategic Accord: A Game Changer – II

M K Bhadrakumar l In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya last week, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined Beijing’s approach to the West Asian region with particular reference to the tensions in the Persian...
Strategic

China-Iran Strategic Accord: A Game Changer – I

M K Bhadrakumar l When China and Iran, two of the United States’ main adversaries in the contemporary world situation, enter into a 25-year strategic pact, it is pointless to split hairs and speculate whether...
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...

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