Regional Integration

Regional Integration

OBOR: An Axis of Regional Trade

President Xi Jinping's vision the 'Silk Road Economic Belt' is going to revive the ancient Silk Road, which was once a trade route runs between china's own borders and Europe but the new economic belt is expended and large comprises on the two new trade corridors – one overland, the other by sea – will connect the country with its neighbours in the...

EU’s Dangerous Tango with Turkey

Its tiring Tango, since it has been playing around for quite some time. What began as Turkey’s bid to be included in the EU has opened up some larger gaps and loopholes within the EU itself. Not only that, it has split open the vulnerabilities and inherent weaknesses in both Turkey and EU. Ironically, both claim to be standing...

India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Wednesday that China would “explore modalities for BRICS-plus, to hold outreach dialogues with other major developing countries” because “we hope to establish extensive partnerships and widen our circle of friends to turn it into the most impactful platform for South-South cooperation.” This instantly prompted a jingoistic paroxysm in the Indian media and...

Heritage Diplomacy Dilemma

In pursuance of regional peace, heritage diplomacy could be a catalyst to normalize situation in conflicting zones like Indo-Afghan-Pakistan territories, strengthen bilateral relations, countering terrorism and violent extremism and to bring states closer to each other to flourish trade, economic and academic activities, as heritage always advocates globalization and peaceful co-existence. There are lots of success stories to tell about...

ECO Surge to Eurasian Integration

Amid the surge to revive 'Silk Road' and transnational economic initiatives; leaders at Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit themed  “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity” has adopted 'The ECO Vision 2025' to make tangible progress with vivid time-frame in the areas of energy, transport and connectivity, trade, tourism, economic growth and productivity, social welfare and environment. The ECO vision has set...

Exploring the Prospects of ECO Bloc

The Economic Coordination Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental organization consists of three Asia countries and seven Eurasian nations established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the Member States and its common objective is to create a free trade area /single market for goods and services, much like...

CPEC and Indian Claims about Gilgit Baltistan

India never paid much attention to Gilgit-Baltistan or even claimed it along with Kashmir, so much so that the world did not even know that the ‘Kashmir dispute’ included the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, it was thought to be just the Kashmir valley which was claimed by both countries. Indian claim on Gilgit-Baltistan is a relatively recent development because it...

Can Oman Bridge the Geo-Sectarian Gulf?

Sultanate of Oman- can bridge the widening Gulf, with its independent foreign policy; having equally good relations with both of Saudi and Iranian led West Asian poles. Oman kept indifferent amid political tension and geo-sectarian hostilities and ideological Iranian and Saudi conflict. Sectarian differences which are rooted in several centuries past could not compels Oman foreign policy, even in...

CPEC: Interdependence means Integration

Fostering features of economic interdependence in conduct of foreign relations; successfully replaced geopolitics with geo-economics, would contribute to promote international peace and security becoming catalyst for the Asian Integration. As flagship project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the 'One Belt One Road' has given the new definition of interdependence to attain regional integration and harmony in Asian century.  Shared positive histories of Pakistan...

Silk Road System

With the collapse of short sighted neo-liberal economic model in 2007-09 and global financial crisis, U.S. financial market remained no longer effective force to create demand for global production while Chinese “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) is ready to generate demand out of real infrastructural investments seems to be a replacement of neo-liberal economic system with Silk Road System....

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