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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  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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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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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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How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit In February 2017, Pakistan suffered the worst wave of terrorist violence since the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. Three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), and the Islamic State of Khurasan (ISK) carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks shattered […]

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Destruction and Death stalk Yemen

Khadijah Ali More than 12,000 people have been killed in Yemen, most of them civilians, by the Saudi-led war. Damage to infrastructure is also immense. By attacking Yemen, the Bani Saud may have dug their own grave. It is almost two years since Bani Saud launched their genocidal war on Yemen, the poorest country in […]

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The Recent wave of Terrorism in Pakistan: a Critical Evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction “Terrorism is (largely) a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.” —Patrick J. Kennedy The spectre of resurgent terrorism has become the most threatening challenge of the twenty-first century. The monster of terrorism coupled with bubbling militancy has continued to […]

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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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Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

by Jeffrey Heller Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran’s attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in war-torn Syria. “In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to […]

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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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