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Deciphering Iran’s declaration of support for Turkey in Libya

Iran’s recent statement of support to the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) may come as a surprise to many. The two’s geopolitical divergences have always often been stark, making Iran’s choice to now adopt a clear position on Libya – a country...

Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Israel’s newly installed unity government is planning to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank in what is being feared to be a very provocative and dangerous move. The idea of annexing parts of West Bank has all along existed in Israeli political discourse since...

Making Sense of Protests in the United States

The world’s richest and most powerful country has been struggling to cope with a host of crises: a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and infected more than 2 million; an economic downturn that has rendered millions unemployed; and now uprisings, riots and violence...

The Himalayan Face-off

Tensions between India and China are back on the world’s longest unsettled border. From the first week of May 2020, India and Chinese border troops have engaged in physical brawls along the disputed border, first near Pangong Lake in Ladakh and then days later...

Trump’s India Visit Underscores ‘America First’ in South Asia Ties

In the last week of February, President Donald Trump paid maiden visit to India. It was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties in multiple domains between the two ‘allies’. This included mutual cooperation in Indo-Pacific, defence, maritime security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, secure 5G networks, and combating...

Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus...

2019: A testing year in foreign policy

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Economic concerns largely shaped foreign policy last year, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Foreign policy is often described as a fire fighting job with the goal of avoiding the worst. Year 2019 underscored that as Pakistan continued to face multiple challenges on the...

Creation myths

By Asad Rahim Khan IT started as a murmur. “Amit Shah’s insinuation, that Muslims shall not and cannot be safe and secure in India, will be widely acclaimed in one country: Pakistan,” wrote Indian historian Ramachandra Guha. This was some months before Kashmir and Ayodhya, and...

Afghan Peace Deal: Deadlock Continues

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab looks at all the factors that are obstructing a peace agreement in Afghanistan Talks between the United States and Taliban over a peace deal have resumed in Doha after a hiatus of nearly three months, but the prospects for...
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