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 Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich The Trump Administration’s rhetoric and actions have alarmed the world. The protests in response to his visa ban have overshadowed and distracted from a darker threat: war with Iran. Is the fear of the threat greater than the threat itself? The answer is not clear. Certainly Americans and non-Americans who took comfort […]Read More Trump: trumpeting for a war on Iran?
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 Ayaz Ahmed The changing dynamics of the world’s economy have made the burgeoning seaborne trade highly important for all countries, including for the landlocked. In this relatively safer and less expensive trade, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port and Dubai Ports International carry vital significance on account of their geo-economic position at the mouth of the Strait […]Read More Gwadar and Dubai: complementary or competitive?
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 Denis Dyomkin BEIJING – Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on Saturday, strengthening economic ties while pledging to preserve the strategic balance of power among nations. The deals involve the sale of stakes in a number of Russian projects to Chinese firms, an oil […]Read More Russia secures energy deals, talks security with China as Putin visit
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?
Gwadar Port; China attempts to getting rid of U.S Dominance Ayaz Ahmed, the expert of port issues in Pakistan and the former senior researcher at Pakistan Institue of international affairs (PIIA), has considered new aspects of Gwadar Port in Pakistan in an exclusive interview with MANA reporter. 1.As you had more or less pointed out, […]Read More Ayaz Ahmed, the editor of TAW, interviewed by MANA, an Iranian maritime news agency