Is Iran Making The Same Mistakes in The Arab World That Pakistan Once Made in Afghanistan?

Pakistan-Afghanistan relations: Lessons learned the hard way  Throughout the Cold War period, the phenomenon of ethnic Pashtun nationalism on either side of the Durand Line led to Pakistan developing an intense suspicion of multiple Afghan governments in Kabul. The Durand Line which itself is a legacy of British imperial rule in south Asia remains the internationally …

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The Establishment Strikes Back

There are a number of elements in the recent release of an indictment of twelve named alleged Russian military intelligence GRU officers by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein looking into possible ties between Moscow and the Trump Administration that I find either implausible or even incoherent. But before considering that, it is necessary to consider the context …

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Does an Elected President or an Unelected Intelligence Community Govern the US?

The madness that gripped liberals and neocons within the Western political, media, and security establishments, over the sight of a US president having the temerity to treat his Russian counterpart – Vladimir Putin – as an equal rather than colonial vassal who knows his place, was and is more pronounced than anyone could have expected. …

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A man helps load a cargo ship in the Port of Berbera in Somaliland on 5 December 2015 (AFP)

Gulf States in Dangerous Scramble for Africa

The Horn of Africa might be most infamous for the pirates that lurk along its coastline, capturing oil tankers and holding their crews to ransom. Yet the region is rapidly assuming global political significance, its internal tensions both fuelling and exacerbating a race among foreign powers to gain influence. Observers worry that this modern-day scramble …

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America’s Crusaders and their Moral High Ground

Today as Washington‘s think tanks label Russia an aggressor for no apparent reason, it is particularly interesting to take a cursory look at how many times the United States of America exercised aggression against other countries, how often US intelligence agencies would interfere in the strictly internal political affairs of sovereign international players. Against the …

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Russian-Croatian Soft Power Bond Grows Stronger

Sometimes the eyes don’t lie and what people see in front them is actually what’s happening, which in this case is the extremely unlikely partners of Russia and Croatia entering into a soft power alliance with one another that will extend far beyond the World Cup. It would be an exercise in futility to deny …

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Is An End To South Sudan’s Civil War Finally In Sight?

The South Sudanese government and its rebel opponents agreed to a security deal ahead of what many observers are hoping will be a comprehensive settlement for ending the civil war. The accord calls for the national military and a coalition of rebels to withdraw from all cities and civilian areas such as schools and refugee …

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