Belt and Road

China’s Belt and Road is not Dead, it is Changing

M K Bhadrakumar l With the rebound of the Chinese economy, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is on the march again. An Associated Press report from Beijing last Thursday said China is the first major economy to...
Taliban

Frenemies: Taliban, Central Asian Republics and Russia

M K Bhadrakumar l Compared to the events two decades ago when the Afghan Taliban appeared in the Amu Darya region in northern Afghanistan and Central Asian states and Russia went into feverish tantrums, there...
Strategic

Strategic Transformation and Global Ramifications of Sino-Iranian Alliance

The central strategic transformation achieved by the the Sino-Iranian is straightforward: the opening of a second potential front against the US military. Now both the Straits of Hormuz and the South China Sea are...
Armenian

Azerbaijan Threatens to Strike Armenian Nuclear Power Plant

Azerbaijan may strike a high-precision missile blow at the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia, the head of the press service of the Ministry of Defense Azerbaijan, Colonel Vagif Dargyakhli, stated. Azerbaijan will strike the...
Rise

Rise of the East in a New Clash of Civilizations

Saad Rasool l The rise of China, and the consequent loss of global American influence, has the potential to be a moment of tremendous significance in the global power structure. We seem to be living...
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia has Tragic History but not at the Hands of Turks

M K Bhadrakumar l A defining moment came, rather unnoticed, when the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) held a virtual meeting on July 13 where the group’s relations with Turkey was on the...
Chabahar

The Chabahar Surprise

Andrew Korybko l   Lots of folks in South Asia and the Mideast are discussing the real reason why Iran just dropped India from the much-touted and objectively over-hyped Chabahar rail project. This development is being presented against...
India

Contextualizing India’s Nuclear Program

Anum Khan l India has been described in a variety of ways ranging from emerging power, global power, great power, would-be great power, major power, and regional power. However, this self-perception of India, by expanding...
Nagorno-Karabakh

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level...
Chabahar

End of Indo-Iranian Strategic Partnership?

The Iranian government has announced that it will proceed with the construction of a railway line linking the Chabahar port with Afghanistan on its own, citing delays from India in funding and starting the project, The Hindu reported...
Esra Bilgic

Esra Bilgic to Become Peshawar Zalmi Brand Ambassador?

Turkish actress Esra Bilgic, known for her portrayal as Halime Hatun, the lead character’s wife in the popular historical TV series Resurrection: Ertugrul is reportedly close to announcing that she will become a brand ambassador for one of...
Hitler

When German Army Bombed Hitler’s Portrait

When German Army Bombed Hitler's Portrait April 10, 1943: Certain Red Army units have started their own spring offensives in a war of nerves that has had some pretty ridiculous results. Here's what happened a few weeks...
China

Wolf Warriors: A Brand New Force of Chinese Diplomats

Syed Abdul Rasool l China has made a tectonic shift to its decades old foreign policy. It has, under the caption of “Wolf Warrior diplomacy”, adopted a brand new modus oprandi to deal with the...
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...
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia: Clash Of Civilizations Or Reassertion Of Civilizational Identity?

Andrew Korybko | Turkey's controversial decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque has been met with sharp criticism abroad from those who claim that it'll exacerbate the so-called "Clash of Civilizations"...
China

China and Russia: ‘Dragons in the Fog’

M K Bhadrakumar l China President Xi Jinping said in a phone conversation today with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Beijing will “continue to work” with Moscow in “firmly supporting” each other’s efforts “rejecting external sabotage...
Putin

Putin had a Dream to Reset the World Order

M K Bhadrakumar l Moscow has a way of signalling to the White House on critical issues from time to time through public statements calibrated to catch President Trump’s attention. It happens usually on Sundays...

China, Iran, Russia: Foreign Threats to 2020 US Elections

M K Bhadrakumar l The statement by the Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina on August 7 giving an “unclassified overview of foreign threats” to the 2020 US presidential election selectively...
Ladakh

China’s Master Stroke in Ladakh

Asif Haroon Raja l Mao Tse Tung described Tibet and Himalayas in 1950 in these words. “Tibet is China’s right hand palm, which is detached from its fingers of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunchal Pradesh...
Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan: Root Cause of Sino-Indian Standoff

Asif Haroon Raja l India and Pakistan became independent countries in 1947 but India till to-date has not reconciled to Pakistan’s existence. Kashmir which was left behind by the outgoing British as an unfinished agenda...
CPEC

CPEC: Pakistan’s Path to Progress

Sabah Aslam l It has been almost six years now, since CPEC was first conceived and approximately four years since the mega project became a ground reality. So far, the project has ushered long lasting...

The Road to Defeat: Anglo-American Campaigns in Afghanistan

The Cairo Review l In 1843, shortly after his return from the battlefields of the First Anglo-Afghan War, the army chaplain in Jalalabad, the Reverend G. R. Gleig, wrote a memoir about the disastrous expedition...
Libya

Apparent War Crimes in Libyan Conflict

The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) should urgently investigate evidence that fighters affiliated with it apparently tortured, summarily executed, and desecrated corpses of opposing fighters, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks by the armed group, which...
India

India should not Worry about ‘Two Front War’

M K Bhadrakumar l The border tensions between India and China are accentuating a malaise among Indian analysts — their tunnel vision.  Every word that slips out of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s garrulous mouth...
South China Sea

U.S. Sends Carriers to South China Sea During Chinese Drills

News Desk l China and the United States have accused each other of stoking tension in the strategic waterway of South China Sea at a time of strained relations over everything from the new coronavirus...

Arctic: The Next Superpower Battleground?

Tamara Dietrich | Hampton Roads residents know full well that the Atlantic is gnawing ever more ferociously at the shore, surging into the streets whenever it gets riled up, and a looming threat, experts say, throughout...
Putin

Putin: The ‘Emperor’

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Eventually, constitutional reforms package announced by Putin got overwhelming approval by Russian nation. These reforms will reset Mr Putin's term limits to zero in 2024, allowing him to serve two...
Rafale

India’s Rafales are not Worth the Hype

Military Watch l Following multiple border clashes with Pakistan in 2019 and more recently with Chinese forces in Galwan Valley, a number of Indian officials and military analysts have referred to the French Rafale fighter as a guarantor...
Killings

Russian Bounty Killings and Afghan Peace Process

M K Bhadrakumar l As expected, the controversy over Russia’s alleged bounties for killing American and NATO troops in Afghanistan is steadily snowballing. The New York Times has come out with more leaks such as bank transfers from accounts...
Locusts

Locusts: A Plague Amid a Pandemic

The most serious desert locust outbreak in 70 years could leave nearly 5 million people in East Africa facing starvation, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). It comes as many of the countries in...

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