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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,...

Trump: ‘Sad day’ for North Korea if U.S. takes military action

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang. Trump again...

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 army chief: we must prepare for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan

Courtesy AP- India’s army chief said on Wednesday the country should be prepared for a potential two-front war given China is flexing its muscles and there is little hope for reconciliation with Pakistan. General Bipin Rawat referred to a recent 10-week standoff with the Chinese army...

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....

China’s involvement in Afghanistan of long-term significance

Courtesy Global Times-  Afghanistan is one of a few Asian countries where civil wars have continued beyond the end of World War II, and through the 38 years since the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979. At present, Afghanistan faces a severe security situation...

China Can’t Solve the North Korea Problem

Courtesy The New York Times-  After each North Korean provocation, a soothing mantra echoes through the halls of government and think tanks in the United States. China, it is frequently said, could solve this seemingly unsolvable problem, finally reining in North Korea, if Beijing were just...

A tougher approach

Courtesy Dawn- Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said...

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens China’s Path to Power

Courtesy The New York Times-  The two men stood together on the reviewing stand in the North Korean capital: a top official in China’s Communist leadership wearing a tailored business suit and a young dictator in a blue jacket buttoned to his chin. Liu Yunshan, the...

BRICS declaration

Courtesy Dawn-  The message is uniform from friend and foe alike: Pakistan’s tolerance for externally oriented militant groups is no longer acceptable and a serious national effort needs to be made if the country is to remain on the right side of international opinion. The significance...
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