Asia

Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing

Sri Lanka has been in the limelight since the end of its hard won military victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (L.T.T.E) in 2009; but not for its (much anticipated – yet not realized) post–war economic development or the unearthing of alleged financial misconducts by the Rajapaksa government. It has instead been two other central themes which...

Hegemony that threatens peace

Indian “Surgical Strike” claims at highest military level, followed by several unanswered questions on its authentication, not only unveiled Indian desires of subversive regional dreams but also exposed Indian army’s operational strength. Defence experts believe, a surgical strike always catagorised as a targeted precision hit at enemy territory, with-out or minimal collateral damage and self-fatalities on ground. Surgical strike, a...

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...

Pakistan’s Response to Hybrid War on CPEC?

Pakistan was attacked by terrorists over the past five days when eight separate blasts ripped through the country and reminded the world that Islamabad is on the front-lines in the War on Terror. Unlike after the end of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, this time it wasn’t just ‘wayward freedom fighters’ boomeranging back to their home base and setting off...

Moscow Led Afghan Peace

The Kremlin’s appointment of Zamir Kabulov as presidential envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan and head of the Russian foreign ministry’s Asia and Middle East department also signals a strategic rethink about how Moscow views the Pakistan-Afghanistan beltway. With this Moscow looking to create new road-maps for reconciliation, it will also be important to ensure that the political dysfunctions of...

Kremlin’s Afghan Question

As a major development Moscow hosted 27th December, 2016 third round of trilateral consultations on regional problems, involving special representatives on Afghanistan and senior officials from Russia, China and Pakistan. Though representative from the problematic country Afghanistan and other key players were missing in unprecedented talks but Taliban’s positive response to the trilateral outcomes, signals proxy war in violence-stricken...

The Philippine Re-alignment

Amid the growing heat between China and its neighbours, the U.S. particularly wants to pursue greater influence in Asia to stem China's ambitions.  Philippines' reshuffle is the end of the American ‘first island strategy’ and realignment with China and Russia meant the U.S. stands to lose its entire ‘Pacific Century” as its influence in the South China Sea is known....

The Secrets Behind Russia’s CPEC Saga

There’s been a lot of confusion about Russia’s role in CPEC over the past week. Pakistani reports circulated over the weekend saying that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov had secretly traveled to the strategic South Asian country to hold clandestine talks on Russia’s participation in the game-changing project.  These claims were then refuted by the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the Russian Embassy...

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...

Glittering Balochistan

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is all set to change Balochistan’s destiny, even its hitherto remote and backward areas will be connected and brought forth into the mainstream of economic and developmental activities, for Pakistan and entire the region.  Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest but least populated province, it has immense geo-strategic importance as its vast, sandy terrain leads to...

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