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Australia-China
With Australia-China relations at a low point and diplomatic tensions bleeding into the trade realm, Canberra's impending passage of a new law meant to limit Chinese government deals with subnational governments in Australia shows Canberra's continued resolve to confront China — spelling an even greater deterioration in ties. Australia's Federal Parliament is nearing passage of a controversial new law...
nuclear scientist
The assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will not materially impact Iran's nuclear program, but the killing is a sign that the United States and Israel are accelerating their covert strategy against Iran in the waning days of the Trump administration. Iran will respond in some form, although it will probably refrain from a hasty response that could...
America
Muhammad Sharreh Qazi l ‘America loves India, America respects India and America will always be a faithful and loyal friend to the Indian people.’ President Donald J. Trump: Joint Address with Prime Minister Nirendra Modi: ‘Namaste Trump’, Ahmedabad (2020) The above quoted remark is enough to make one understand how for America, a state always has to qualify from being a mere member...
Rusif Huseynov, Ziya Kazimzada l Pakistan was among the first three nations that immediately recognized Azerbaijan`s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and established diplomatic relations. Over the years these relations have evolved into sincere and fruitful ties between the two states. Twin problems: Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir In the context of high-level development of the political, economic and military relations between...
EU
The race is on for EU-U.K. trade negotiators to resolve their outlying disputes on fishing rights and “level playing field” issues in order to avoid a disruptive no-deal British exit from the EU single market on Jan. 1. A limited trade agreement is probable, but London and Brussels must reach it by early December to ensure their legislatures can...
Ummah
Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Conferring upon Narendra Modi, the highest civil award by UAE government nearly one year back in august 2019, amid a situation where Modi was spearheading the genocide of Muslims in Indian occupied Kashmir as well as in his own country raised many eye-brows. This reprehensible move insinuated that the very feelings of oneness based on...
Wars
The revelation that the United States has more forces than was publicly known in Syria could prove advantageous for President-elect Joe Biden’s strategy in the country if those troops aren’t first withdrawn by his predecessor. In an interview with Defense One published on Nov. 12, outgoing diplomat and U.S. envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffery, admitted that lower-level officials had played...
Andrew Korybko | The end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War that was brought about by Armenia's sudden Russian-facilitated surrender following its total defeat on the battlefield is the perfect time for reviewing why so many folks in the Alt-Media Community got it all wrong, clarifying the state of affairs as they exist after this conflict's conclusion, and forecasting what might come...
Turkey
TIC Analysis l Turkey is signaling its willingness to use proxies to secure its interests in Syria’s Idlib Province, but the positioning of Russian and Syrian forces will limit the likelihood of deeper Turkish military engagement. In an address to legislators on Oct. 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that a recent attack against Turkish-backed rebel fighters in Idlib was...
Trump
M K Bhadrakumar l Into the final stretch of the US elections, a Joe Biden presidency is lurking on the horizon. Votes are still being counted in Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada. The races are too close to call. However, as the former British MP George Galloway writes, no matter the final outcome, “Donald Trump has ‘won’ the US presidential...
Kashmir
Hajra Haroon l Kashmir is a region known for bloodshed,  political instability, militarization and human rights exploitation. This turbulent history stems from fighting for its right to self-determination ever since the partition of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. The inherent animosity between India and Pakistan resulted in one of the longest-running conflicts in the world, i.e. the dispute of Kashmir. Both countries...
Saudi Arabia
Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, currently, is undergoing a phenomenal metamorphosis; a country widely known for its ultra-conservative posture is now gradually moving towards liberalism. It is witnessing a remarkable transformation in its socio-economic-cultural contours. The kingdom, once influenced and controlled by orthodox clergy, did not let women come out of their domestic confines but, now,...
Nagorno-Karabakh
Arzu Bunyad, Ziya Kazimzada, Elnur Mammadov l Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, one of the flashpoints in the post-Soviet space, date back when the days of the Soviet Union were numbered. It erupted as an armed conflict in the late 1980s over Nagorno-Karabakh in southwestern Azerbaijan. The first hot phase of the conflict lasted 6 years and resulted in the...
multipolarirty
Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l “Make America great again” a slogan that formed the nucleus of trump’s electoral campaign vividly suggests that America is no more a great country. It is, in fact, an implicit admission that U.S is gradually losing its clout in international politics and hence, its image as a sole superpower of the world has virtually tarnished....
EU
M K Bhadrakumar l The European Council special meeting in Brussels on 1st October had Turkey, Belarus, Russia and China on its agenda. The foreign-policy decisions of the summit — comprising the heads of state or government of all EU countries, the European Council President, and the European Commission President —show a moderate line, which broadly conforms to the German approach.  In regard...
illegal
Jawad Falak l Poverty is usually seen as the prime factor driving crime and other illegal activities. This is as true at the sea as on the land. The crime of poaching in the seas leads to both depletion of marine life as well as hardship for coastal communities. More often than not, the poacher is nothing more than a...
Defense
The United Arab Emirates' desire to simultaneously upgrade its defense ties with Israel and the United States will probably create political controversy in both countries, though the benefits of deeper security cooperation with Abu Dhabi is more likely to earn greater support in Israel than Washington. On Aug. 25, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his Emirati counterpart, Mohammed...
Strategic Confusion
Jawad Falak l India recently withdrew from Kavkaz 2020 multinational exercise to be held in Russia in the third week of September, citing logistics difficulties due to covid-19 pandemic as the reason for its withdrawal. However, in reality India has backed out of the multinational exercise while conflict between the two Asian nations simmers across LAC in Ladakh. Apparently this...
Kashmir
Saad Rasool | One year on from Modi’s revocation of Article 370—resulting in the illegal annexation of Kashmir and the imposition of a draconian curfew across the valley—the world seems to be waking up to the reality of BJP’s fascist Hindutva regime. A year ago, before Modi’s adventurism in Kashmir, an oblivious global community had bought into the façade of...
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 regional territorial conflicts. The test will come when the United States is called to act upon its more clearly articulated position on Chinese expansionist behavior. The...
CPEC
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 of the global economic recession of 2008-09, and partly because of the implementation of futuristic vision by China in the form of Belt and Road...
Arab
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 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser on the Middle East Jared Kushner slyly claims to be a third father.  Trump and Netanyahu have openly...
Saudi Arabia
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 still Islamabad's ally and that it acknowledges the feelings and aspirations of Pakistanis. There are no ill feelings between the two brotherly states. Much fake news...
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 US Air Force. The Defense Department’s 2019 Arctic Strategy contained a vision of the Arctic as a whole, and it talked about protecting US national...
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 cyber risk has increased to an extent lately that a reasonable amount of effort, financial treasure and human capital is put into, to minimise the...
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 sea – from the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”. The unique characteristics of super-weapons have been confirmed, according to the military. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation...
Beirut
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 catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut sent a shockwave miles through the surrounding area, destroying thousands of homes and buildings. The blast has so...
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 reality it was a defining one for Indo-Sino relations since it directly led to the recent Galwan Incident, the geopolitical reverberations of which are poised...
India's
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 the two arch rivals. Messages have been conveyed in a subtle way under the guise of revival of talks and friendship. The motivation behind writing...
Kamala Harris 
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 made a thoughtful choice that adds gravitas to his campaign in what is turning out to be a momentous election.  A CNN report lists out the factors behind...

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