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...
IMF

Of IMF’s Debt Trap And Chinese Debt Peonage

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l With the mandate of fostering global monetary corporations, securing financial stability, facilitating international trade, promoting high employment and sustainable growth, and reducing poverty around the world, IMF formally came into...
Belt and Road Initiative

Belt & Road Initiative: China Tiptoeing Towards Super Power Status

TIC Analysis | The key Chinese foreign policy-makers, including the whole standing committee of the politburo, summoned a landmark conference dedicated to ‘Peripheral Diplomacy’. It was aimed at outlining the country’s strategic direction, in particular,...

Russians are coming — to the Indian Ocean

M K Bhadrakumar l The Cold-War hypothesis that the Soviet Union was hoping to “wet its toes” in the Indian Ocean was in reality an extension of the geopolitical construct known as the “Anglo-Russian Question”...
Human Rights

Human Rights & Humanitarian Interventions

TIC Focus l International community tries to make sure that human rights are safeguarded. For this engagement and promotion are two of the most important tools that are used. Besides these other options are also...
bureaucracy

Will the bureaucracy support reform agenda?

Dr. Farid A Malik | On Sept 14, 2018, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan addressed the bureaucracy in Islamabad. For their support in implementing his reforms agenda, he pledged protection. According to Kaptaan, till the...
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...
Sino-Indian

Russia can’t Broker Sino-Indo Peace

Andrew Korybko | Nobody should have the false expectation that the virtual Foreign Minister's meeting between the Russian, Chinese, and Indian dignitaries, nor the presence of the latter two's Defense Ministers in Moscow this week...
Hybrid Warfare

Hybrid Threats vs. Hybrid Warfare

TIC Focus l The hybrid nature of warfare thrives on elements which were present in societies – traditional and modern likewise. However, as we had mentioned earlier, the traditional nature of warfare do not exploit...
Indian

Indian Navy Stumbling Bid For Face Saving

Dr Masood Khattak l An article titled “Pakistan Navy under Chinese spell & it’s faltering Naval Strategy” was posted on Indian specialized defense website Bharat Shakti. While the title itself gives away the notion of...
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...
America First

Trump’s ‘America First’ reappears centre stage

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team bears an appearance of being dominated by the military brass. This, in turn, engendered the perception that Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is...
war

Russia & Pakistan Will Help Ensure A Stable US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Andrew Korybko | Russian Special Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov traveled to Islamabad on an unannounced visit to discuss the future of the war-torn state following the US’ possibly impending “phased withdrawal” from the country. It should...
Aksai Chin

China or India: Who Owns Aksai Chin ?

TIC Brief l China’s territorial disputes with India in Ladakh date back to the modern founding of the two countries. Beijing’s claim lines have shifted west on at least two occasions, each involving demands (based...
NayaPakistan

Welcome to #NayaPakistan

Saad Rasool | The past few months have seen an astonishing turn of events in South Asia and the rise of a NayaPakistan. Astonishing, not only for the fact that Pakistan and India walked to...
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...
Turkmenistan

The TAPI Pipeline: Expectations and Realities

Asif Haroon Raja | Till recent, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project was seen as a pipedream, but it has suddenly turned into a reality and apparently its completion is not too far. Lobbyists of...
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...
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...
USA

Imran Khan’s visit to USA

Asif Haroon Raja | Donald Trump has been maintaining a highly belligerent posture against Pakistan as was evident from his policy on Afghanistan and on South Asia and his random statements accusing Pakistan of harboring...
China

Battle for Economy: China vs the West

Farid A Malik | Own the nation, the rest will fall into place. Chairman Mao Tse Tung was arguably one of the most outstanding leaders of China and the world. He said, “Revolution comes through...
Russia

Is US Preparing For War With Russia?

Leonid Savin | The RAND Corporation recently published a document entitled Overextending and Unbalancing Russia. Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options. The study is the collective effort of experienced diplomats, including former Assistant Secretary of State...
Hafiz Saeed

Conviction of Hafiz Saeed

Asif Haroon Raja l The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Lahore under Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta convicted Hafiz Saeed on February 12 and jailed him for 11 years. His colleague Zafar Iqbal was also given 11...
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...
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...
Japan

Fractures in Japan-US Alliance

M K Bhadrakumar l Regional security in Northeast Asia underwent a jolt on Thursday with the announcement in Tokyo by Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono that Japan would cancel the purchase of a multi-billion dollar ballistic missile...
US

Russia-Iran ties surge under US pressure

M K Bhadrakumar | A commentary entitled Tehran, Moscow boosting strategic relations, appearing last week in the Iran Daily newspaper, which is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – and subsequently circulated by IRNA –...
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...
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,...
Elections

Elections 1977 and 2018: A comparison

Dr. Farid A Malik | I have the honor and privilege of voting in all national elections since 1977. During my study period in the USA, my father the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Gold Medallist ensured that my name...

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