West and Central Asia

West and Central Asia

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...

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...

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...

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...

Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

Palmyra was just re-liberated for the second time after a hard-fought battle for this strategic city, while in the same week, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq visited Turkey to plot the “Rojava Civil War”. Each of these events will directly impact on the disjointed efforts that are underway to liberate Raqqa from Daesh, as...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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