Daily Archive: October 15, 2019

President Xi’s Trip to Nepal Will Unlock New Strategic Opportunities

Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s trip to Nepal will unlock new strategic opportunities for bilateral relations, as well as positively influence their ties with India by improving the prospects for trilateral cooperation. At first glance, observers would be forgiven for thinking that this visit will heighten the competition between China and India over the landlocked country between them. Still, a review...

Afghan Peace: A Pre-requisite for Prosperity in Eurasia Region

Afghanistan is a landlocked country located within South-Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. With its population of 35 million approximately, having a GDP (nominal) of 22 billion US dollars in total, and per capita income of 600 Dollars only. Rich with minerals and natural resources, and well-known for its fruits and nuts, still...

China’s Modern Blueprint for Global Power

President Xi Jinping’s doctrine includes rejecting as illegitimate any “unequal treaties” forced on China by Euro-Atlantic powers, such as Great Britain’s imposition of the McMahon Line, which awarded to the British Crown Colony of India hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of Chinese territory. Chinese military exercises, new weapons systems and the surreptitious militarization of several landfill and disputed islands...

The Privatization of US Led Wars. The Pentagon’s Private Contractors

The economic logic has driven the increasing dependency on mercenaries and private contractors ever since the beginning of the “war on terror” in 2001. First, a few statistical indicators: 75% of all western military personnel in Afghanistan are now private contractors. There are over 150,000 Pentagon-financed contractors in Afghanistan today. 2012 was the first year that more contractors than regular...

Who are the Turkish-backed Forces in Latest Syria Incursion?

Turkey, dubbing the operation it launched in northern Syria on Oct. 9 Operation Peace Spring (which also could be translated as Operation Fountain of Peace), has been reorganizing Syrian militia groups loyal to Ankara under the banner of the Syrian National Army, or Jaish al-Watani in Arabic. Turkey’s choice of names with peaceful and nationalist connotations of course has manipulative...

Greece’s Reinvigorated Alliance with the US Is All About GRISCY

The recent military-driven reinvigoratation of the US-Greek Strategic Partnership is motivated by their shared interests in ensuring the security of a prospective Greek-“Israeli”-Cypriot (GRISCY) pipeline from Turkish claims to the last-mentioned island’s exclusive economic zone through which this project must traverse en route to Europe. *** Greece recently reinvogorated its alliance with the US following Pompeo’s visit to the country...