US-Indian Strategic Construct of Western Indian Ocean Runs into Headwinds
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US-Indian Strategic Construct of Western Indian Ocean Runs into Headwinds

The AMAN-21 naval exercise, the biennial event hosted by Pakistani Navy since 2007, in Karachi and the Arabian Sea from February 11-16 draws special attention. As many as 45 navies are reportedly participating, which makes AMAN probably the biggest event of its kind in the Indian Ocean or anywhere. Not only that, the participants include…

US-Pak Reset to Advance Biden’s Afghan Settlement
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US-Pak Reset to Advance Biden’s Afghan Settlement

Mark Twain is credited with the saying ‘History never repeats itself, but it does often rhyme.’ The echoes of history resonate as the new US administration prioritises the Afghan problem for policy review.  The highlight of the White House readout following a phone call by the new National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan to his Afghan…

What’s the Future of Afghanistan After Trump?
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What’s the Future of Afghanistan After Trump?

Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov is fairly certain that President-Elect Biden won’t do much to turn the tide on outgoing President Trump’s drawdown from Afghanistan despite newly promulgated legislation hindering the prospect of further cuts, but he’s also concerned that US troops might be replaced by private military contractors in a scenario…

How West, Central and South Asia Are Interconnecting
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How West, Central and South Asia Are Interconnecting

It’s one of those quintessential journeys that make people dream: Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad by train. Let’s call it ITI. Soon, in early 2021, ITI will become a reality. But, initially, just as a freight train. The deal was recently sealed at the 10th meeting of the transport and communication ministers of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) in Istanbul….

Turkey Pivots to the Center of the New Great Game
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Turkey Pivots to the Center of the New Great Game

When it comes to sowing – and profiting – from division, Erdogan’s Turkey is quite the superstar. Under the delightfully named Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the Trump administration duly slapped sanctions on Ankara for daring to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems. The sanctions focused on Turkey’s defence procurement agency, the…