Security and Counter Terrorism

Security and Counter Terrorism

Syria: Why Ceasefire Deal Irks Israel?

The US-Russian brokered cease-fire agreement and supported by Jordan in Southwestern Syria suggests that this time the two major powers have more interests to cooperate on their spheres of shared interests regardless of how partial and non-inclusive they could be. The deal claimed to be, one of major developments towards peace, may help in reducing differences between Pro Syrian Government militias...

Kashmir Gamble: Igniting another War

In seventy years of its history subcontinent is bracing itself, yet again with a threat of war. Roar of war is being sounded as India is engaged in building up berserk war hysteria. With rapid troop deployment and Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB) the situation is getting tense. The present...

Syria’s 10-Day Countdown Begins

The ten days preceding President Putin and Trump’s historic meeting at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 July stand to be the most important thus far in determining the contours of Syria’s so-called “political solution”. Both leaders see their upcoming meeting as the best chance to conclusively sort out their countries’ strategic differences in Syria and lay the groundwork...

How Exactly be Define “Win” in Afghanistan?

The wolves are at it again. The racket and uproar demanding "do more" is making rounds "once more" for the nth time. The fever is catching up, methodically, across media houses in Washington, Kabul, New Delhi, and some in Pakistan. The think-tanks in Washington are particularly in a state of frenzy, as though it is the season when fortunes...

Was SCO Summit a Disaster for India?

Far from being the astounding success that India's jingoistic media is portraying it as, last week's SCO Summit in Astana was a resounding disaster for Prime Minister Modi's plans. India's policies of using Afghan-based terrorism against Pakistan, attempting to "isolate" Islamabad from the Afghan peace process, and declining to participate in China's One Belt One Road global vision of...

The Entanglement of US, Turkey and Russia

Turkey is an interesting state with some very complicated yet, important tilts and policies. The internal politics of the state are no doubt intricate, particularly in a post-Referendum scenario. Moreover, the state has a very core strategic location and its neighborhood is one with considerable volatility—be it Middle Eastern states or otherwise. In this background, the externalities regarding Turkey...

US-Islamic-Arab Summit: Paradoxes and Expectations

Since, the assumption of presidential office, U.S. President Donald Trump chose Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as his first destination abroad and inaugurated the unprecedented US-Arab-Islamic summit on May 21, 2017. The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) has become a new reality in the fast-changing Middle Eastern security dynamics and KSA feels emboldened by the support of USA in its regional...

Syria: From “De-Escalation” Zones To “Decentralization” Units

Most observers were utterly shocked when the details emerged earlier this week that President Putin had discussed “safe zones” (now being rebranded as “de-escalation” zones) with not only President Trump, but even President Erdogan, and were especially surprised when the Russian leader defended this idea on the grounds that it “can really help to move along the long-standing problem...

American-North Korean Escalation

Since decades, North Korean Nuclear program has been under the critical eye of the globe. Despite various international efforts to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program under the guidelines of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the global powers have been unable to achieve an effective result. North Korea’s official withdrawal from NPT, further signaled the emerging threat the international system...

MOAB: Move Over, America’s Back!

Trump dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat against Daesh in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province, and the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs", sent the clear signal to Russia, China, and Iran to "Move Over, America's Back" in Eurasia. The bomb itself has comparatively little utility against Daesh aside from supposedly being...

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