Pakistan at a Crossroads
Opinion

Pakistan at a Crossroads

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is steadily changing its policies – both domestic and foreign. Outside observers are putting the change down to democratic transition and an Asian-style populism. This is partially justified, since the recent parliamentary elections were relatively transparent and the winner – the current prime minister, Imran Khan – opted for combating…

Why Israel’s Airstrikes in Syria Are a Sign of Weakness, Not Strength
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Why Israel’s Airstrikes in Syria Are a Sign of Weakness, Not Strength

Why does Russia behave the way it does in relation to Israeli airstrikes in Syria? I will proceed from what seems to be an established fact (SANA confirmed) that on the night of January 11th Israel hit one depot at Damascus international airport. I.e., material damage. 12 projectiles were fired in total. Syrian air defences…

The Middle East: A Review of Geopolitical Structures, Vectors of Power Dynamic
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The Middle East: A Review of Geopolitical Structures, Vectors of Power Dynamic

The Middle East is of essential importance to the world. It serves as a center for the world’s energy balance and for the transit of goods through the Suez. It harbors the Holy City of three world religions. It is a center of extreme and deadlocked conflicts. Some of the states are internally unstable, even…

Who’s to Blame for the Collapse of US-Taliban Peace Talks in Qatar?
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Who’s to Blame for the Collapse of US-Taliban Peace Talks in Qatar?

The Taliban just announced the cancellation of its planned peace talks with the US in Qatar. Before this happened, America rightly felt like it was losing control over the incipient peace process in Afghanistan after Russia adopted the long-standing Pakistani position a few years ago that the only realistic solution to the war is to…

Pompeo Is On His Way Home, and US Policy in the Middle East Is Hazier Than Ever
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Pompeo Is On His Way Home, and US Policy in the Middle East Is Hazier Than Ever

He surprised the Iraqis, castigated Obama-era policies in Cairo and announced an anti-Iran conference for next month. But as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns to the United States following a seven–day tour of the Middle East, analysts say the world remains none the wiser about the direction of the Trump administration’s policies in…