South China Sea

A Legal Voyage through Troubled Waters of South China Sea

“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 unprecedented popularity over the...
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,...
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"...

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