One Belt—Two Roadblocks: America’s anti-China policy in Afghanistan and Syria
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One Belt—Two Roadblocks: America’s anti-China policy in Afghanistan and Syria

As part of the increasingly overt US geo-political strategy to prevent China from making progress on the One Belt—One Road, the US is engaged in both igniting and fuelling conflicts in and around important junctions of the land roads and maritime belts that will allow China to usher in a new age of global interconnectivity….

As Maldives Burns, Lessons for China and India’s Limited Options
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As Maldives Burns, Lessons for China and India’s Limited Options

Attempts by the president of Maldives to crush the country’s democratic institutions is a tragedy for the tiny island state, but its implications go far beyond its shores. We have seen Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, backed by his security forces, take complete power over the country. He has closed parliament, defied rulings from his country’s…

The Absurdity of the New ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia
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The Absurdity of the New ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia

When the American people went to the polls in November 2016, they could be forgiven for thinking they had elected a president who might just bring the troops home from Afghanistan. After nearly seventeen years of grinding war in that poor, desolate and ultimately insignificant country, it seemed that Americans had finally had enough. However,…

Syria: Long Way off to Peace
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Syria: Long Way off to Peace

The Intra-Syrian Dialogue Congress held on January 30, 2018 in Sochi, which was missed out by the major opposition forces – the Sunni organizations supported by Saudi Arabia and the USA, and the Kurds of the Syrian Democratic Forces, whose participation was opposed by Turkey, was doomed in advance to the lack of quick and tangible…

Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance?
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Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance?

The successful Syrian army operation to liberate Abu-Duhur airbase left a large enclave (pink) controlled by al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters in east-Hama. Further advances towards Idleb have been halted for now to clean up the cauldron that could otherwise create future troubles behind the lines. Most of the al-Qaeda/HTS aligned Takfiris are though to have…

Last-Minute Modifications Improved Trump’s Nuclear-Weapons Strategy
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Last-Minute Modifications Improved Trump’s Nuclear-Weapons Strategy

The US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a key nuclear-strategy document that was issued on February 2nd by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, seems to have benefited from last-minute changes that had been made to it. But it’s still extremely dangerous for the entire world, as will be fully explained here. One key issue on which a…