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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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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Slow progress in Syria talks led by UN

By Tahir Mustafa The UN-brokered talks in Geneva made little progress because the opposition groups have not fully reconciled to the ground realities following the defeat of the terrorists in Aleppo. Their foreign sponsors do not want peace in Syria. Aware of the risks in arousing unrealistic expectations in the Syria peace talks in Geneva, […]

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Pakistan: the land of contrasts

By Zafar Bangash Despite its immense potential, corruption, environmental pollution and religious divisions are tearing the country’s social and political fabric. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where one encounters every kind of geography, topography, and weather. In the north lies the great Himalayan mountain range towering thousands of feet above sea […]

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China and Iran in US crosshairs

The Trump regime’s policy of courting Russia is designed to de-link it from China and Iran, two countries being targeted by the US. Will it succeed? Donald Trump may be a certified lunatic but the warlords he has assembled in his cabinet are no dunces; they are all serial killers and directly responsible for the […]

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A daring profession

Journalism is one of the riskiest professions to choose in this anarchic and increasingly insecure world. Since journalists consider themselves responsible for keeping people alive to political, religious and security-related affairs, they are bound to face the wrath of certain powerful state and non-state quarters. Sometimes, if they unearth the truth behind sensitive political and […]

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Uri Attack and the Doval Doctrine

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction According to the basic premise of neo-realism, a country employs all means fair or foul to maximise its burgeoning national interests and national security. In the very same way, the incumbent Indian government is bent on surreptitiously orchestrating attacks on the country’s well-guarded army and air bases so as to blame Pakistan […]

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Russia says US ‘aggression’ in Syria would mean ‘tectonic shifts’

“Direct aggression” by the United States toward the Syrian government and armed forces would lead to “frightening, tectonic shifts” in the Middle East, RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Saturday. Russia and the United States back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. A US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria […]

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The fall of MQM

By Ayaz Ahmed It is axiomatic that every rise has a fall. The MQM-which once ruled over bustling urban Sindh- is now in hot waters due to the recent anti-Pakistan vitriol of party’s long-time supremo Altaf Hussain. The Mohajir-centric party is currently in a bed of thorns like situation chiefly on account of MQM’s honcho […]

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Inside the Middle East – Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

By Jim Miles Reading Inside the Middle East is quite an adventure. I learned that I probably am a fairly quixotic fanatic tilting at windmills; that I need to learn how to be a critical thinker “demanding that concepts and narratives be replaced with facts and reality;” that I “need to fine tune [my] critical […]

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