Foreign Policy

India’s Dormant Foreign Policy

M K Bhadrakumar l In a trove of declassified CIA documents some years ago, there was a list of Soviet jokes from the 1980s offering the glimpse of a secret American weapon to debunk and demoralise the...
Asia

Will there be a New War in Asia?

A major military conflict is brewing at the heart of Asia. It could come to nothing, or it could affect four countries. It all depends on how valid the actions of those involved are...
Libya

Great Game in Libya

M K Bhadrakumar l The great game in Libya has begun surging with the United States shedding its strategic ambivalence and resorting to a proactive role. Earlier this week, the Pentagon marked a dramatic escalation...
Kashmir

Kashmir: From Disputed to Occupied Territory

Syeda Zainab Hameed Gillani l After the escalation in First Kashmir war, the Indian Cabinet referred the Kashmir crisis to the UN Security Council on 1 January 1948. UNSC Resolution 38 was passed in January...

Russia-China Partnership Challenges US Global Hegemony

M K Bhadrakumar l The sluice gates have opened, as it were, on world politics after the ‘timeout’ through the past 2-3 months due to Covid-19. The spectacle of US epic war with Covid-19 under...
Peace Agreement

Glitches after Historic Peace Agreement

Asif Haroon Raja l The Taliban regime under Mullah Omar took over power after capturing Kabul in October 1996. It managed to eliminate war lordism, poppy growing and crimes and restore normalcy by introducing strict...
Turkey

Turkey Accuses UAE of Spreading Chaos in Middle East

Snapshots l What Happened: Turkey accused the United Arab Emirates of bringing chaos to the Middle East through its interventions in Libya and Yemen, allegations which are likely to inflame tensions between the regional rivals....
Secular

Let there be a ‘Hindu Brahmin’ State

Farid A Malik | The Hindu savastika is a caste symbol of peace and happiness. Adolf Hitler used the same sign, slightly modified, to espouse the superiority of the Aryan race. Like the Hindu fundamentalist...
Armed Forces

Indian Armed Forces: Arming Without Aiming

Jawad Falak l One of the most famous quotes about black propaganda is from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”. This...
Hybrid

Hybrid Warfare by Non-State Actors

With regards to Hoffman’s conception of hybrid threats, it can be said that the DAESH resembled many features of hybrid threat. Features of hybrid threats consist of blended modalities, simultaneity, decentralized structure, fusion and...
Erdogan

Erdogan & the Question of Resurrection of Ottoman Empire

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l What Tayyib Erdogan is poised to do after the expiration of treaty of laussane by 2023? Is he really endeavoring to resurrect ottoman caliphate? Almost every political discourse, nowadays, led...
Strait of Hormuz

Why is Strait of Hormuz so Vital for Global Economy?

Jawad Falak 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...
Turkey

Future of Turkey’s Defense Industry

The fast expansion of Turkey’s defense industry in recent years might be becoming harder to sustain as newly released data show the sector is struggling to reduce its heavy reliance on foreign inputs and...
Qasem Sulemani

Legality of US Airstrike on Gen. Qasem Sulemani

TIC Analysis l Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated in January of this year after a US air raid killed Qasem Sulemani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy...
Middle East

The New Middle East

Jawad Falak l The 2003 US invasion of Iraq shook the fault lines upon which the post WWI Middle East rested upon. The removal of Saddam Hussain from power set a chain reaction which led...
Territorial Sea

Military Activities and Use of Force in Territorial Sea

TIC Analysis l Under both customary international law and Article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS), the territorial sea is a space characterized by the inherent sovereignty of the...

US Return to JCPOA

M K Bhadrakumar l In business transactions and international diplomacy alike, there could be constant variables and dependent variables. Constant variable is where the value cannot be changed once it has been assigned a value....

India’s Stumbling Bid to Target Pak Navy

Zeeshan Munir l An article titled “What Coronavirus? PAK busy Missile testing, orchestrating terror in Kashmir ” was posted on Indian website ibtimes.co.in on April 20th,2020 .Regrettably, not just the title but the article itself...
warfare

The Cyber Cold War

Nabiya Imran | With the advent of the information age, it was obvious that technology will creep into the international political system. It has and it is here to stay. States with well-developed information technology...

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...
Russia

How Russia Re-Emerged as a Great Power?

Anum Khan l There are certain factors that have contributed towards Russia's resurgence that must be considered in order to understand Moscow's foreign policy outlook and national interests. These factors are briefly discussed below: Leadership Leadership is...
Kashmir

5 Myths on Kashmir Issue Debunked

TIC Focus l A high-level Congressional delegation of the United States flew into the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) capital on Sunday to see the ground situation and gauge public sentiment following the Aug 5...

R2P and Blurring of State Sovereignty

TIC Focus l R2P: Humanitarian intervention is often considered as controversial and against the tenants of UN Charter and other international conventions. This phenomenon is considered offensive by the states but is increasingly becoming popular...
Hybrid War

Hybrid Warfare in Pakistan

TIC Analysis | The entrance of the nuclear weapons changed the paradigm of overt conflict throughout the world. Not only did nuclear weapons stopped aggression against nuclear armed states but also a global taboo against...

Kashmir: Unfinished Agenda of Partition

Asif Haroon Raja l Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of the Partition in 1947 which was left behind by the British and it has bedeviled Indo-Pakistan relations. The two arch rivals went to war thrice...
Covid-19

Coronavirus and its Impact on Global Dynamics

Asif Haroon Raja l During the Cold War, the two antagonists – USA and former Soviet Union - in their bid to safeguard the vital western and eastern hemispheres and to increase respective spheres of...
Diplomatic Immunity

How Diplomatic Immunity Functions

TIC Focus l In USA, the executive branch is entrusted with the responsibility to determine the immunity of the diplomat. In 1978, the President Jimmy Carter delegated this responsibility to the Secretary of the State....
Idlib

Idlib: The New Strategic Nucleus of the Battle Over Syria

TIC Brief l Background: The Syrian military has ceased its offensive in Idlib since Turkey and Russia signed a ceasefire agreement in early March which stipulated the creation of a seven-mile (12km) “safety corridor” along...
Iraq

U.S. Led Coalition Withdrawal From Iraq Bases

TIC Brief l Background: The presence of U.S. troops in Iraq was the result of an agreement between the Iraqi and US governments in June 2014. The Maliki government had requested the US intervene to...
OPEC

Why the OPEC+ Deal is a Many-Splendoured Thing

M K Bhadrakumar l A perfect deal is where all protagonists get something out of it. All oil-producing countries stand to gain if oil price rebounds. In bare bones, the OPEC+ group led by Saudi...

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