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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...

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...

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...

Dwindling West and Alt-Right Hike   

As West is plagued with economic stagnation, indebtedness, lack of required jobs and demographic crisis made symptoms of civilization’s downfall vivid, after the domination of more than 500 years. Alternative Right Movement, emerged as trademark  for ultra nationalist, white racists grabbed much attention during the American Presidential Election 2016, which is called direct result of demographic crisis and debt crisis that...

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...

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