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Post COVID-19 Strategic South Asia

COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the entire spectrum of life. India and Pakistan are both affected by the coronavirus but will recover eventually. When the pandemic subdues, the strategic issues of contention between India and Pakistan are unlikely to be altered. The contemporary strategic environment in South Asia will not inspire state(s) to change their classical behavior, marked by ideological differences and assorted mutual conflicts. Five major factors shape this environment...

Hassan Imran
15.09.2021 17:05:25

What’s on the Agenda for Prime Minister Modi’s Trip to America?

Indian Prime Minister Modi will soon be traveling to the United States where he’ll meet with U.S. President Joe Biden as well as his fellow Quad leaders from Australia and Japan during their first-ever in-person summit. He will then address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). His trip takes place against the background of the ever more intensifying New Cold War between China and the U.S., the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the West’s withdrawal from Afghanistan following the terrorist-designated...

Korybko Andrew
15.09.2021 13:05:37

The Abraham Accord, Iran, and The Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf

The volatile geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa and its unstable balance of power in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal have correspondingly influenced the political relations between Israel and the Arab states around the Persian Gulf to become strategically stronger and diplomatically denser. Serving a political agenda, the Abraham Accords were signed to contain Iran’s influence in the region by introducing Israeli counter influences...

Акбари Араш
06.09.2021 19:11:59

What G7 Demands of the Taliban is Unrealistic

The Taliban have declared a general amnesty and announced that no one will be arrested or punished. They have announced to be protecting everyone, including all Afghan nationals, irrespective of their affiliation, race, ethnicity, faction, religion, ideology, etc. Similarly, they have guaranteed the safety of all embassies, UN missions, diplomats, media correspondents, tourists, businessmen, and all foreign nationals.Source: Reuters The Taliban have not only announced this policy but demonstrated...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
06.09.2021 12:02:39

Will US withdraw from Syria as it did from Afghan base?

After the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan, Arab countries are wondering whether Syria – which has hundreds of American soldiers – will be the next country to witness a U.S. withdrawal. This was already stated in an analytical article in Foreign Policy magazine.Source: Reuters The piece says that given current U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy toward Afghanistan, which is based on a declaration similar to one by former U.S. President Donald Trump, Arab leaders are likely to prepare for Washington’s...

Джасем Басель Хадж
30.08.2021 17:42:42

Russia & The Taliban: From Narrative Challenges To Opportunities

The Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan was a “black-swan” event that completely changed the geostrategic situation in Central and South Asia. It also resulted in Russia’s pragmatic ties with the Taliban coming to the forefront of global attention after its officials’ generally positive assessments of the group, which their government still officially designates as terrorists. The Kremlin began intensifying its efforts to promote a peaceful political solution to the Afghan War in February...

Korybko Andrew
25.08.2021 16:10:57

Taliban in Kabul after two decades

Smoother than the transition of presidential powers in Washington, the Taliban1 entered Kabul, witj no single bullet fired, no one killed, no one injured, no one arrested. It was a war welcome by the local residents with no resistance at all.Source: Reuters The world has witnessed the peaceful entry of the Taliban into Kabul. The city is very much normal. People on the ground are reporting that shops are opened, bakeries are working, traffic on the roads is as usual, ATMs are functioning, Mobile...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
17.08.2021 18:08:22

Crypto-Mining and Regional Security in Abkhazia

The mining of crypto-currencies requires a large amount of electricity to be carried out, making it a significant challenge with the overall electricity consumption to mine Bitcoin equivalent to the annual consumption of electricity in New Zealand and growing at the time of writing.Source: Reuters In consequence, while some governments are actively trying to ban crypto-mining and, to some extent, their use for daily use (e.g. Turkey and China), others, like El Salvador, are embracing blockchain technology...

Ламберт Майкл
11.08.2021 17:49:18

Digital Multipolarity and the Geopolitics of Cyberspace

In its recently published mid-year Cyber Threat Report, the cybersecurity firm SonicWall reveals that the total number of ransomware attacks in the first and second quarters of 2021 has reached 304.7 million, up 151% from a year prior and already surpassing 2020’s total of 304.6 million attacks. Citing high-profile attacks on Colonial Pipeline, JBS Foods, Kaseya and hospitals worldwide, SonicWall paints a picture of online criminals seizing the current moment of instability and global reliance on...

Fisher Julian
09.08.2021 14:48:36

What Benefits Would India Derive by Joining the Extended Troika on Afghanistan?

Zamir Kabulov, Russian Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan, has recently expressed hope that India would participate in the Extended Troika of itself, China, Pakistan and the U.S. but clarified that New Delhi would first have to obtain influence over both sides of the conflict. According to TASS, his exact words were as follows: “India’s future efforts, in a more expanded format will only be welcomed. This expanded format will involve Afghanistan’s post-conflict development. Here, India’s clout...

Korybko Andrew
09.08.2021 13:53:53

The U.S. Intensifies its Asia Diplomacy

The U.S. has intensified diplomatic activities in Asia, which is a matter of concern for regional powers. The U.S. is ganging up and making alliances in this region, a direct threat to regional peace and security. To bully China, the Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to the People’s Republic of China for meetings with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other senior officials from July 25-26. The meetings were held in the port city of Tian Jin, some 160 km from Beijing...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
05.08.2021 17:45:07

Is England, my England a Dying Butler?

... secretly with Turkey against Greece, brought Turkey illicitly into the Cyprus equation, and was aware of what the result would be, if not precisely: the destruction of Greek properties and churches in Turkey, and the subsequent expulsion of twelve thousand Greek nationals and hounding out of a further sixty thousand Turkish citizens of Greek stock and of the Christian Orthodox Church. Less than two thousand remain today. And all this, just so the plucky British could hang on to Cyprus for a little ...

Mallinson William
28.07.2021 17:34:33

The IX Moscow Conference on International Security

On 22–24 June, 2021, the IX Moscow Conference on International Security was held in Moscow, Russia. High-level delegations from more than eighty countries attended it. The agenda of the conference included the most urgent problems and trends in the field on international military policy, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, security cooperation, and building consensus on the future course of actions and strategies to overcome the international threats, instabilities and hegemonies. A wide range...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
21.07.2021 15:11:01

Pakistan’s New Geo-Economic Grand Strategy is Multi-Alignment at Its Finest

The newly established quadrilateral platform between Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and the U.S. complements the prior such platform between the former two states, China and Tajikistan back in 2016 as well as the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan (PAKAFUZ) railway project that was agreed upon in February to prove that Islamabad’s new geo-economic grand strategy is the embodiment of multi-alignment at its finest.Source: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani The term “multi-alignment” usually evokes thoughts of India’s...

Korybko Andrew
20.07.2021 17:12:39

Extending the Russia-China Friendship Treaty: To What Extent Will Isolation and Great Power Rivalry Push China and Russia Closer Together

The Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship On June 28, 2021, President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping announced the extension of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship, first ratified in 2001 by President Putin and Jiang Zemin, the then President of the People’s Republic. The treaty is intended to formalize mutual support for territorial integrity and national unity in both states and to present the two as close partners on the international stage. In recent years, the two states...

Boone Carter
15.07.2021 19:23:12

These are Russia’s Three Strategic Goals in Afghanistan

The US military’s symbolic withdrawal from Bagram Air Base, the largest in Afghanistan, shows how committed it is to abiding by President Joe Biden’s pledge to leave the country by September 11th. It also prompted questions about the interests of regional nations in a post-withdrawal Afghanistan. Russia has recently emerged as a diplomatic force in the conflict after pragmatically hosting the Taliban (banned by Moscow as a terrorist group) on a couple of occasions in order to facilitate the peace...

Korybko Andrew
12.07.2021 19:28:01

Sputnik V in the International Arena

Over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020, the disease is far from under control. Although global case rates on the whole have declined, 15 countries remain near or at the peak of their infection curve. Even countries well below their peak daily infection rates – such as the United Kingdom and Morocco – recently have witnessed an uptick in cases. Just this summer, the virus’ global death toll surpassed 4 million. Fortunately, scientists’...

Чурбанова Генриетта
29.06.2021 14:28:20

The Road to Peace and Cooperation in Europe and the World

... members to provide troops or other major new support for the UN in return for their new permanent or semi-permanent seats. Interestingly enough, requiring that a larger group of permanent and semi-permanent members collectively provide hundreds of thousands of well-armed troops makes veto reform potentially advantageous to all the five permanent members. Since the smaller nations hate the veto, linking veto reform to a requirement that ten to fifteen large nations given new seats provide troops makes ...

Freeman Benjamin
23.06.2021 15:40:55

A Crucial Meeting between President Putin and President Joe Biden

A crucial meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to be held on 16 June 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. Just recently, President Joe Bidden used a word “Killer” for Russian President Putin, with the Russian President wishing him good health in return. Over the past year, the U.S. has issued sweeping sanctions on Russian officials over a long list of charges: election interference; persecuting activists and journalists in Russia, including the now-jailed...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
09.06.2021 17:33:27

Can Somaliland Be Alternative for Russia’s Troubled Sudanese Naval Base Plans?

Sudan confirmed on Tuesday that it will review last year’s naval base agreement with Russia following speculation in April that the deal might be shelved. According to Chief of General Staff Muhammad Othman al-Hussein, who made the announcement while speaking to the Blue Nile TV channel, this is supposedly because “some of the document’s provisions entail certain harm for Sudan.” He also reminded everyone that the deal had not yet been approved by the country’s legislature, so it was never legally...

Korybko Andrew
09.06.2021 16:27:25


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