Geopolitics

Geopolitics

Moderate Hurricanes over Conservative Riyadh

Recent primordial tactics in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for centralization and consolidation of personal rule surfaced while four major events simultaneously struck Riyadh: the surprised resignation of the Lebanon’s Prime Minister, the interception of Yemen's Houthis fired ballistic missile towards King Khalid International Airport, the constitution of the an anti-corruption committee leads by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and then subsequent...

Shifting Alliances in Middle East

While the defeat of ISIS has been lauded in the media as it will bring an end to the misery of the Iraqi’s who suffered at the hands of terrorists and were displaced, however, presence of a myriad of actors in the Iraq, the precarious reconciliation process, intertwining interests will have deeper repercussions for the political landscape of the...

Dhaka’s “Shaky” Foreign Policy

The recent exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from neighboring Myanmar to escape UN described “ethnic cleansing” has revealed the sorry weakness of foreign policy of Bangladesh in a rather sordid manner. With an aggressive Hindutva regime in Delhi, who often steps up anti-Muslim hostility whenever an opening is offered, Dhaka is facing one of the most difficult...

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

Since President Trump assumes the office, “America First” slogan, has been on road to becoming the basis of his foreign policy too. Already, ultra-nationalism dominates Trump’s personality when it comes to looking at the world affairs. There is a lot of hue and cry inside America on Trump’s nationalist, values-neutral, anti-refugee, anti-immigration, and anti-free-trade ideology. Right from his election campaign,...

Russo-Saudi Rapport and Shifting Power Epicenter

The waning U.S. supremacy and emerging multi-polar structure have imparted strategic and economic ripples in foreign policies of the different states. Multiple states of different regions started to redesign their priorities to place themselves appropriately in emerging power structure. As a result, the possibilities of multiple emerging poles have increased manifold. China’s rise, Russian resurgence, Indian growth and shifting...

Mattis in India: Regional Stability at Peril

The U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis’ recent visit to New Delhi has been closely followed by India’s neighboring countries. This trip was also of particular importance in the backdrop of recently announced South Asia policy by Trump. American tilt in favor of India placed South Asian region into more complex and less stable.  India is contemplating buying Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 70 aircraft in...

The Saudi-Russian Amity

Marking his first state visit to Russia, King Salman landed with a retinue of 200 delegates making it the largest ever foreign delegation to visit Moscow. Welcoming him at the Kremlin, President Putin said, "This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event. I'm...

Beyond Buck-Passing: Resuscitation of SAARC                 

With the symbolic gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invitation for the head of states of South Asian nations at the swearing-in ceremony and his commitment to the shared prosperity of the region had imparted the new rays of hope to the resuscitation of the SAARC. But, the unfolding developments didn’t uphold the same. The decision of the leaders may significantly differ...

Kurdish Puzzle and Its Implications

Middle East is known for its voracity and its proclivity of being the core of conflicts. Much more than that, it is a region wherein there are interwoven security clusters, political and economic fissures and a land which is laden with shifty alliances and patterns of rapprochements as well. One good example happens to be Iraq—a state which has never...

Afghanistan’s “Escape from Reality”

At the recent UNSC session on Afghanistan, yet again the representatives of Kabul (and roughly 57% of Afghanistan) resorted to traditional mudslinging against Pakistan in unison with their Indian counterparts in a coordinated attack. As has become the defining theme of Afghanistan's "escape from reality" syndrome, all of Afghanistan's problems were claimed to be originating from Pakistan, and the...

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