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Russian South Asia Complexity

Russian moves to improve relations with Pakistan to complicate its South Asian strategy? How Russia can mange relations with Pakistan keeping time-tested privileged partnership with India? Russian moves are tactical in nature or following a comprehensive strategy to deal with two rival neighbors? Russia requires a policy for South Asia region as whole? What would be Russian policy options...

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...

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...

Nagaland Unrest: Fate of “Indian Balkans”

The Indian state of Nagaland is poised to once more create a major headache for India if the unrest there doesn’t fully stabilize sometime soon, although this story is almost completely overlooked by the Mainstream Media’s blackout on the topic. The large-scale riots from earlier this month have already led to the police killing three participants after they torched...

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...

Balkan Challenges to the New Detente: Part III

(As continued from Part II)http://regionalrapport.com/2017/02/22/russias-new-strategy-balkans-part-ii/ Challenges The second part of the research comprehensively explained the details and nuances behind Russia’s efforts to reach a New Détente with the West in the New Cold War, interestingly by means of its Balkan diplomacy and the unexpected rapprochement that it’s entered into with Croatia. The five interconnected phased objectives elaborated on in the previous...

Russia’s New Strategy in the Balkans?: Part II

(As continued from Part I) http://regionalrapport.com/2017/02/22/deciphering-russian-croatian-rapprochement-part/ Concept Pertaining to the plans which the first part of this article series hinted that Moscow may have in mind, it’s now time to rely on empirical evidence and intuitive reasoning to explain exactly what they might be. It appears as though Russia is interested in pursuing five interrelated and phased objectives which aim to culminate...

Deciphering the Russian-Croatian Rapprochement: Part I

The New Cold War has been filled with many twists and turns ever since it started in late-2013 following the advent of “EuroMaidan”, but one of the most surreal shifts has to be the recent overtures that Russia has made towards Croatia.Few experts could have predicted that these two countries would ever find common ground with one another, especially...

Terrorism: Rattles in the Backyard

After several military offensives and countless sacrifices, when its seems, now it’s nearly over with terrorism, only some pockets and sleeper cells left, society was regaining momentum, economy was getting pace, countries getting confidence in Pakistan - terrorism again jolted the country with full thrust, eight terror attacks in a week’s time, yet again created a warlike situation inside...

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