Russia’s Interest in Pakistani Power Projects Could Portend CPEC Investments
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Russia’s Interest in Pakistani Power Projects Could Portend CPEC Investments

Reports are circulating in the Pakistani press that the Russian company is interested in several power projects in the country, which could pave the way for Moscow to unofficially invest in CPEC without angering its Indian partners. Many Pakistanis are excited by the news that Russian company Inter RAO Engineer is interested in several power projects…

A 'Security Zone' in Northern Syria? Easier Said Than Done
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A 'Security Zone' in Northern Syria? Easier Said Than Done

Under pressure from opponents in the United States, President Donald Trump last week raised the prospect of establishing a 20-mile (32km) “security zone” in northern Syria to prevent a Turkish military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a US-backed Kurdish militia. Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, initially have appeared eager to accept…

Bolton’s Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included 'Mind Boggling' Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq
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Bolton’s Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included 'Mind Boggling' Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq

Bolton’s willingness to bring Syria and Iraq into the fray along with Iran betrays the fact that he is not just seeking regime change in individual countries but seeking to remake the Middle East as a whole. In 2017, less than a year before he became national security advisor, John Bolton promised a gathering of the Mujahedeen…

Will Washington be able to Cloak and Dagger its Way to Total Control over Afghanistan?
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Will Washington be able to Cloak and Dagger its Way to Total Control over Afghanistan?

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Washington’s operation in Afghanistan has come to a screeching halt. Seventeen years after the initial invasion, the Pentagon has no means of pacifying the local population or establishing a stable government. Over the last two decades there has been a lot of events on the international stage,…

Inside the Bellway: Iran Hardliners vs Iran Hardliners
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Inside the Bellway: Iran Hardliners vs Iran Hardliners

Alarm bells went off last September in Washington’s corridors of power when John Bolton’s national security council asked the Pentagon for options for military strikes against Iran. The council’s request was in response to three missiles fired by an Iranian-backed militia that landed in an empty lot close to the US embassy in Baghdad and…