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 […]

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Trump: trumpeting for a war on Iran?

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 […]

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The Iran factor in CPEC

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 […]

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Is the US a declining power?

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 […]

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Ayaz Ahmed, the editor of TAW, interviewed by MANA, an Iranian maritime news agency

 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, […]

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Gwadar vs Chabahar

Ayaz Ahmed In the changing dynamics of burgeoning sea trade, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port and Iran’s Chabahar Port would play a significant role in the foreseeable future. Both the ports enjoy exceptional geo-strategic importance due to their close proximity to the Strait of Hormuz region, which holds two-thirds of the world oil reserves. Presumably, once these […]

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Pakistan in the New Great Game

Ayaz Ahmed The New Great Game introduced by Ahmed Rashid in the 1990s is centred on the Central Asian energy politics which is currently being hotly played by some emerging powers. Due to its exceptional geo-strategic position, Pakistan can play a decisive role in the New Great Game because it is an inevitable partner in two significant regional pipeline […]

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