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 […]Read More Russia and the US: another cold war?
By Pervaiz Ali Mahesar he China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetised the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as […]Read More China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects
By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over US-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. South Korea’s military said the missiles were unlikely to have been […]Read More
By Ayaz Ahmed After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor. If CPEC is converted into the China-Pakistan-Iran Economic Corridor (CPIEC), it will make the corridor a greater and safer game-changer in terms of regional trade and connectivity. Both Pakistan and China should […]Read More The Iran factor in CPEC
By David Patrikarakos Of all today’s political bromances, perhaps the most interesting is between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Russia and Iran have enjoyed strong economic links since 1991, when Moscow agreed to build Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr. Russia badly needed the cash; Iran badly needed the expertise: […]Read More Putin and the Ayatollah: A Bromance to Watch
By HARUN YAHYA The Turkish Republic is unique in various ways. Its strategic geographical location makes it a bridge between the East and the West. It is perhaps the only country that is situated at the intersection of the East and the West. When it gravitated toward the West, it felt the threatening force of […]Read More Turkey’s improved ties with Russia
By Ayaz Ahmed According to Global Trends 2030, compiled by the National Intelligence Council, the US will lose its superpower status by 2030. A recent Pew Research Center’s public opinion survey has found that an increasing number of Americans fearfully view China as the next global superpower. And some analysts predict rising Russia as the […]Read More Is the US a declining power?
By Börje Ljunggren At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, as the world peered into an abyss, China earned global gratitude by pumping a record amount of stimulus into its economy. Ironically, continued stimulus has left the Chinese economy with mounting debt and a production glut threatening world trade. Managing the asymmetry between leading markets […]Read More China should balance its interests with the West
Ayaz Ahmed Diplomacy is an adroit art employed to manage relations with other countries for the attainment of core national interests. In this dexterous art, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nimbly played his diplomatic cards by clinching massive trade deals with the energy-rich Middle Eastern countries in recent months. On the other side, Prime […]Read More Modi vs Nawaz
By Sidra Ahmed In an attempt of reconciliation, Mehdi Honerdoost, the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, on Friday lucidly voiced Iranian vision of regional cooperation with reference to Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan. To him, the accord on Chabahar port is “not finished” and “not limited to these three countries”. Rather, it could […]Read More Is Chabahar not a rival to Gwadar?