West and Central Asia

West and Central Asia

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...

Turkish Referendum

The Turkish people were given an arduous task –to either vote "Yes" or "No" for a number of constitutional changes that would empower the President. On 16 April they headed out to the polls and chose in what was one of the most important decisions that would radically change Turkey and possibly their own future. The Referendum was also...

Syria: Overlapping Wars

Syrian mess seems to be an exact depiction of Hobbesian concept of the anarchic state of nature, seen as entailing a state of war—and “such a war as is of every man against every man” (Leviathan XII 8). Anarchic state of nature emerged in Syria, when protests against the President Bashar Ul Assad in March, 2011 turned into a violent...

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...

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...

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...

Syrian Nightmare and Cycle of History

Perhaps! The history repeats itself, with the same accusations of using chemical weapons Bush administration in 2003 run over Iraq and toppled Saddam regime. President Trump followed the similar footsteps, amid Idlib chemical weapon accusations; this time without waiting fact-finding reports; since the US launched around 59 Tomahawk Missiles attacking the Syrian air-base—it seems like even in this case,...

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...

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...

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,...

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