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...
Security

Islamabad Security Dialogue: Challenges and Prospects

Saad Rasool | This past week, Pakistan held the ‘Islamabad Security Dialogue’ (ISD)–a first of its kind. This two-day security symposium is organised by the National Security Division under the auspices of the enterprising Dr....
QUAD

Can Russia’s S-400 Sale to India Trigger QUAD Collapse?

Andrew Korybko | The US-led anti-Chinese QUAD alliance of itself, Australia, India, and Japan might be on the brink of collapse according to influential BJP ideologue Subramanian Swamy, who warned that Washington might expel New...
US

Afghanistan: A New Theater for Sino-US Cold War

M K Bhadrakumar l The “hidden agenda” of the war on terror in Afghanistan has been an open secret. The first inkling of its geopolitical character came when it transpired that even after installing a...
Khan

The Modi-Khan ‘Re-Engagement’?

Saad Hafiz l The recent announcement of a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir between India and Pakistan is a welcome news. While the de-escalation was initiated by the respective militaries, it is...
Indian Ocean

Pakistan: An Equalizer in Indian Ocean’s Strategic Competition

Abid Latif Sindhu l Bits of broken pottery are usually found ashore at many places all along the littoral states of Indian Ocean. This depicts the history, revealing itself for any carbon testing to reach...
S-400

Why is US upset about Turkey’s S-400 Air Defense System?

TIC Analysis l Turkey is the first foreign recipient to receive 9M96E2 missiles. These are missiles with a range of up to 120 km, developed for the latest Russian medium-range system S-350 Vityaz, launched in...
Israel’s

Israel’s Annexation Plans and International Law

TIC Analysis l Israel’s 35th government took oath on May 17, 2020 bringing to an end 16 months of political turmoil wrought by three inconclusive elections. New government was scheduled to be installed following April...
source

Blue Gold: An Emerging Source of Global Conflicts

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Depleting potable water resources have sent alarm across the globe pertaining to the emergence of a new spree of future global conflicts in quest for occupying available water reservoirs of...
investment

China’s ‘Strategic Investments’ in Europe

The European Union will remain open to Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the coming years, but will limit China’s access to strategic sectors of its economy (such as technology). Brussels will also continue...
India

Indian Ocean is not India’s Ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a “rare falling out between the two partners in...

An International Humanitarian Law Perspective on Insurgencies ...

Alina Malik l International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is applicable to both international and non-international armed conflicts. In contemporary world, non-international armed conflicts are rampant and have increased insecurity at domestic, regional and international level. IHL has...
US

US: A Net Security-Provider in GCC?

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will likely seek alternative arms suppliers if the administration of US President Joe Biden follows through on canceling arms shipments to the Arab Gulf countries. In Biden’s first...
Khojaly

Khojaly… Never Again…

Rusif Huseynov l Oradour-sur-Glane, Lidice, Khatyn, Srebrenica… This black list has unfortunately an addition from Azerbaijan as well: Khojaly… It was harsh Karabakh winter of 1992, when the Armenian forces launched an offensive on Khojaly, a...
Sanctions

Analyzing the Role and Effectiveness of Sanctions

Less than a month into his presidency, U.S. President Joe Biden has already stated that he will impose sanctions on coup leaders in Myanmar. Other White House officials have also suggested that sanctions against Russia are...

The Future of Israel-Arab Normalization under Biden

Without former U.S. President Donald Trump’s avid support for Israel’s diplomatic recognition in the Muslim world, the onus of new normalization deals will likely fall to Israel itself, which will either slow the normalization...
AMAN-21

AMAN-21 and Indian Strategic Construct of Western Indian Ocean

M K Bhadrakumar l The AMAN-21 naval exercise, the biennial event hosted by Pakistani Navy since 2007, in Karachi and the Arabian Sea from February 11-16 draws special attention. As many as 45 navies are...

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