West and Central Asia

West and Central Asia

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...

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...

What in the World just Happened to Russia’s Syria Strategy? Part-II

(Please read Part I prior to this article) http://regionalrapport.com/2017/01/28/world-just-happened-russias-syria-strategy-part/ Decoding The Kremlin’s Signals The sudden shift in Russia’s Syrian policy, having gone from avoiding any interference in its domestic affairs to openly writing a “draft constitution” and making suggestions to the ultimate law of the land (no matter what its intentions may have been with this), can be explained by one of...

What in the World just Happened to Russia’s Syria Strategy? Part-I

As the cliched saying goes, “there are no permanent allies, just permanent interests in politics”, and this wise adage appears to have just been proven through Russia’s latest diplomatic efforts in Syria. While presumably well-intentioned and designed to accelerate the conflict resolution process in the country, Russia’s public revelation that it drafted a new Syrian Constitution has unwittingly sparked...

Pakistan’s Reluctance to Saudi Alliance

Pakistan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s traditional ally, seems to be indifferent from Saudi-Iranian battle for dominance in the Middle East, with knowing the fact that any misadventure could bring the sectarian heat inside to its boarders. A controversy erupts in Pakistan’s political circles since speculations generated heated debate that a well reputed, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (r) Raheel Sharif has himself negotiated a...

The Turkish Quagmire

As a result of the unfolding dynamics—in recent years it seems that not only is Turkey subjected to some internal instability but also it has a group of states with which it cannot seem to manage its relations with. The Turkish quagmire in lieu of all the states as well as some non-state actors with which the Turkish relations...

Setback to Iranian Moderation

Sudden death of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934-2017), is not expiry of a former president of Islamic Republic of Iran, who transformed himself from a revolutionary cleric to a pragmatic, moderate, multi-billionaire politician but it’s a major setback to Iranian quest to moderation. Hope of the Iranian urban middle class, Rafsanjani was strong candidate for next country’s top slot, Supreme...

Syrian Deal and Power Conundrum

The excluded ‘Syrian Peace Deal’ was hailed as victory among Russia, Turkey and Iran, the power brokers after a long impending inertia in crisis and lingering hostilities. The declaration marks a new era—one where United States, United Nation and European Union have been deemed as disaster, manifest power conundrum within Middle East. In the already vicious and volatile Middle East,...

Bana’s Knight in the Shining Armour

Social media has been an active player in the war in Syria all along. Before Facebook-orchestrated Arab Spring that was spread to Syria in 2011, I came across Syrian students studying in Islamabad. They were very resourceful and equally respectful for their president Bashar Al Assad and his British born wife Asma Al Asad. One of them, then working with...

Beyond the Dictum: Erdoğan’s Pakistan Visit

Hanging right in the middle of East and West, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Pakistan wasn't just lip service, click mania and shaking hands, there were lots of things happened beyond the dictum can only be observed in between the lines. As a significant event, if one is to dissect the entire speech of Mr. Erdoğan...

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