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Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation

Courtesy The Guardian- The world is more dangerous today than it has been in a generation, the head of Nato has said, days before the mobilisation of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops on the EU’s eastern borders, and as a nuclear crisis grows on the...

Time to reset foreign ties

Courtesy Dawn-  Necessary and desirable, a reset of foreign policy is possible — if the government approaches the issue sensibly, cooperatively and with a genuine intent to effect change. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has spoken candidly and persuasively about the key flaws in Pakistan’s foreign policy...

The Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Courtesy Independent- A message came through from Syria on my mobile phone last week. “General Khadour kept his promise,” it read. I knew what it meant. Five years ago, I met Mohamed Khadour, who was commanding a few Syrian soldiers in a small suburb of Aleppo,...

South Korea deploys missile system as US strengthens North Korea trade threat

Courtesy The Guardian- Dozens of South Korean protesters have been injured in clashes with police over the full deployment on Thursday of a controversial US missile defence system intended to counter attacks from North Korea. According to South Korean media, 38 people, including six police officers,...

India, Pakistan nearly agreed on Siachen three times: Shyam Saran

Courtesy The Hindu- India and Pakistan nearly came to an agreement on demilitarising the Siachen Glacier at least three times: in 1989, 1992 and 2006, says former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran in a book that was launched here on Wednesday by former Prime Minister Dr....

Anti-extremism efforts falter

Courtesy Dawn-  Despite the grandstanding from officialdom, anti-extremism is little more than a buzzword in Pakistan. For while everyone acknowledges the importance of countering extremism, no one in authority appears willing to actually undertake the task — at least not in a coherent and consistent...

Erdogan conveys Turkey’s unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militants

Courtesy Reuters- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis that Turkey felt unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militant group YPG, presidential sources said. In a statement following meetings between Mattis and Turkish officials, the sources said the two sides...

The Enduring Hypocrisy of Nuclear No First Use

Courtesy Modern Diplomacy- In realist paradigm of International relations, one shall not solely trust the words of another state when it is a matter of a threat to national security. States can abrogate even a mutual pact when it is conflicting with their national interests....

Can Pakistan-India ties be normal?

Courtesy Dawn- AS people in Pakistan and India celebrate the 70th anniversary of their independence, they should spare a moment for introspection. The story of their relations is largely a history of conflict, war and acrimony. The traumatic circumstances of their independence still live in...
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