South China Sea

Sino-US Competition in South China Sea

In the recently released U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea, Washington continues to walk a delicate balance between supporting its allies and partners in the region and avoiding entanglement in...
CPEC

What is CPEC and Why is it Vital for the Region?

TIC Focus l Times are changing, the world is transforming, with Asia being the epicenter of this 21st century transformation. The center of economic power is shifting from the west towards the east partly because...
Arab

Have Arabs “Betrayed” the Palestinian Cause?

M K Bhadrakumar l Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. The controversial peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has two fathers already — US President Donald Trump and Israeli...
Saudi Arabia

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia: Iron Brothers

Prof. Zamir Ahmed Awan l All speculation regarding Pakistan-Saudi relations reached to an end when Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking in Geo TV program "Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath", said that Riyadh is...
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...
Arctic Strategy

Toward a US Air Force Arctic Strategy

Oriental Review l On 21 July, the US Air Force published its Arctic Strategy. The release of the document itself is a first, since the Arctic has never been a separate area of focus for the...

Cyber-Risk and Security in Maritime Industry

Business is growing as fast as the internet and extensive complex networks allows industry to be exploited. Modern Shipping companies facing cyber risks are finding insurance cover inadequate to protect them from cyber-attacks. The...

Missile that could Upset Global Balance of Power

https://youtu.be/LXUpv3lk4xc The tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile, which Russian President Vladimir Putin “took out of the storeroom” a year and a half ago, are being successfully completed. The Defense Ministry said that the rocket was launched at...
Beirut

Beirut Explosion Risks Razing Lebanon’s Stability

A massive explosion in Beirut will intensify already potent popular anger at the Lebanese government and contribute to political infighting, even as it opens the door for much-needed humanitarian aid in the near term. The...
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence vs Armored Vehicles

The United States launched a competition, the goal of which is to create a system using artificial intelligence to combat armored vehicles in Russia. The Agency for Advanced Research Projects of the US Department...

5 August 2019: A Defining Moment In India-China Relations

Andrew Korybko | Most observers at the time regarded India's de-facto annexation of Jammu & Kashmir on 5 August 2019 as being a defining moment for either India's internal affairs or Indian-Pakistani relations, but in...
India's

Terrorism and Kashmir: Countering India’s Propaganda War

Asif Haroon Raja l Praveen Swami in his apparently innocent and well-meaning article titled ‘The Time might have come for India and Pakistan to talk’ has made designed distortions in the recent past history of...
Kamala Harris 

Kamala Harris: Not so “Indian”-American

M K Bhadrakumar l On several templates, the Democratic candidate in the November election in the US Joe Biden’s choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate becomes an extraordinary development. Biden, the consummate politician, has...
Kashmir

The War of Maps in South Asia

M K Bhadrakumar l The unveiling of a ‘new political map’ of Pakistan in Islamabad on August 4 marks the aggravation of a bizarre period of South Asian politics that draws comparison with a controversial slice of...
Kashmir

Is it Time for Indo-Pakistan Peace Talks?

Asif Haroon Raja l Praveen Swami in his apparently innocent and well-meaning article titled ‘The Time might have come for India and Pakistan to talk’ has made designed distortions in the recent past history of...
South China Sea

A Legal Voyage through Troubled Waters of South China Sea

 Center for Maritime Law l “Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world; and consequently, the world itself.” The South China Sea has gained...
Strait of Hormuz

Changing Security Dynamics of Strait of Hormuz

TIC Focus l According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “the Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important oil chokepoint because its daily oil flow of about 17 million barrels per...
Belt & Road

U.S-China Trade War and its Impact on Belt & Road Initiative

Fazal Gilani l A conflict theory suggested by Karl Marx mainly focuses on competition between two powerful groups on economic and social views. These groups could use economic institutions as tools of struggle and maintain...
Alpha Group

Russian Spetsnaz Alpha Close Quarter Combat Training

The prime unit in Russia is considered to be the FSB Alpha Group. The Alpha group shooting drills are insane and they aren’t even similar to their Western counterparts like Delta Force or Seal Team 6. The...
Silk Road

China’s ‘Silk Road of Health’

M K Bhadrakumar l A virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal on July 27 becomes the third vector of Beijing’s ‘Silk Road of Health’ diplomacy in Asia.  A Xinhua report on the...
Jinnah

2020: A Turbulent Year for Pakistan

Asif Haroon Raja l The year 2020 upon which we had pinned high hopes for better days ahead is proving to be another difficult year. The whole world is in a flux and hardly any...
Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Pakistan’s Relevance

Aneela Shahzad l After a lull of three years, escalations heightened again between Armenia and Azerbaijan on July 12. This time specific military targets and high-profile military personnel were hit. With both sides equipped with...

The Changing Balance of Power in South Asia

Rana Danish Nisar l The South Asian balance of power is in transition due to the changing contours of US policy in South Asia and the growing relationship between India and the US. The response...
Trump

Why Putin would want Trump to Win in 2020?

M K Bhadrakumar l There was a time when President Trump’s personalised diplomacy seemed a hydra-headed phenomenon with tentacles reaching far and wide. He engaged such diverse politicians — from Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong-Un...
Libya

The Next Phase of Libyan Civil War

Andrew Korybko | Many in the Mediterranean region are wondering whether Egypt will go through with its threatened military intervention in Libya if the UN-recognized and Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) attempts to capture...
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...

Why Chinese Air Force will win against Indian Air Force?

Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army The Chinese Air Force occupies third place in the world in the number of military aircraft of all types , second only to the United States and Russia....
Xi Jinping's

Xi Jinping’s Rule Over China: A Blatant Display of Controlocracy

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Axiomatically, China, under Xi Jinping has, politically, socially and economically undergone a colossal metamorphosis. Xi in order to cement and perpetuate his rule over the most populous country of world,...
Galwan Valley

India and the Line of Control: Reducing Reputational Damage

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery l In a recent talk, Pakistani nuclear scholar, Dr. Rabia Akhtar remarked that, going forward, India might try to exact “Surrogate Deterrence” in the region. The term postulated that given India’s sheer inability...
Indian

Shifting Strategic Balance and South Asian Security

Asif Haroon Raja l  India reluctantly accepted the Partition plan as a stopgap arrangement under the fond hope that it will not survive beyond six months. To make it happen, Bengal and Punjab were bifurcated,...

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