Gwadar port

“While Gwadar’s natural shape and depth considerably help the largest ships to  easily dock there, both emerging Chabahar and established Dubai sorely lack these potential advantages. The maximum planned capacity of Chabahar is 10 million to 12 million tons per annum, compared to Gwadar that will have the capacity of 300 million to 400 million […]

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Trump’s rush to the Middle East in the prism of offensive realism

By Ayaz Ahmed Introduction In 1945, the US State Department closely observed that: “the resources of the Middle East are a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in the world history.”   Presumably, the effective control over the topsy-turvy Middle Eastern affairs — both economic and security — can […]

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Russia and the US: another cold war?

By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold […]

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Behind the veneer

By Ayaz Ahmed In 1945, the US State Department observed that: “the resources of the Middle East are a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in the world history”. Although all American presidents before Donald Trump attached paramount importance to the oil-rich Arab monarchies in the Middle East, they […]

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  LUCCA, Italy – The Group of Seven major global powers were joined by Middle Eastern allies on Tuesday in a push to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, hours before the U.S. secretary of state flies to Moscow, Assad’s top backer. G7 foreign ministers sat down early on Tuesday with their counterparts from Turkey, Saudi […]

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MOSCOW  – Russia will argue at the United Nations that an apparent chemical attack that left scores dead in Syria was in fact contamination caused by rebels’ chemical munitions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Russia has already suggested it would publicly stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Russia and its armed forces will […]

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Russia’s new great game

By Ayaz Ahmed The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new Great Game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the fateful election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart […]

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China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

By Alexander Korolev A comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia is something that has not been taken seriously in the post-Cold War Western academic and “think tank” communities. While it was implicitly recognised that a potential alignment between the two Eurasian great powers may have tremendous geopolitical ramifications and the potential to transform the […]

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Daesh’s battle for Afghanistan

By Ayaz Ahmed Militants disguised as medics stormed the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul on March 8, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens. Through its Amaq News Agency, Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on the 40-bed military hospital. Though mostly contained by American airstrikes, the militant group seems to be steadily gaining […]

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Timeline: South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye appeared before prosecutors on Tuesday to face questioning as a criminal suspect in a corruption investigation that has cost her the presidency. Park, 65, becomes the country’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted from office, when, on March 10, the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote. A […]

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