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Kim’s Beijing Sojourn

Kim's Beijing Sojourn

Preparing for the diplomatic détente with Washington On Tuesday, March 27, a mysterious armoured train made a round trip from North Korea to Beijing without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong-un on board? Speculations were rife after some media reports said that the train transported a number of high-level North Korean officials, including North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, to …

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Koreas Talk Peace

Koreas Talk Peace

Reaching a deal on the Korean Peninsula Soon after the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea is once again in the international spotlight. On 27 April, it hosted a long-anticipated inter-Korean summit on its territory for the first time in history. The highly choreographed meeting was held between the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted. Nonetheless, many impromptu moments of …

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Celebrations in Jerusalem, Slaughter in Gaza

Celebrations in Jerusalem, Slaughter in Gaza

The fading hopes for peace in the Middle East  Israel frequently claims its ‘right’ to exist. In fact, states do not exist by right and neither do they have a right to exist. They continue to exist because they have a strong army, capable of taking land and imposing their rule on the native population. They exist because they have …

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The End of Iran Nuclear Deal

The End of Iran Nuclear Deal

Days before the May 12 deadline, President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the multilateral Iran Nuclear Deal, also referred to as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with an objective to find a different method of dealing with the so-called Iranian threat to the Middle East. The Trump administration has announced that “the highest level of economic …

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SYRIA Attacks and International Law

SYRIA Attacks and International Law

Emergence of a new norm that justifies the use of force When Donald Trump ordered air strikes against Syria in April 2017, it was the first – and to date only – action of his administration that attracted widespread support, garnering positive responses even from critics. But, this praise and support for Trump was all the more surprising especially because …

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Downward Spiral of US-Russia Relations

Downward Spiral of US-Russia Relations

Why the relations between Cold War rivals are deteriorating? The relationship between the two Cold War rivals – the United States and Russia – has plunged to a new low, following the imposition of sanctions on Russia, and expulsion of its nearly 60 diplomats from the United States, and over 30 of those from across Europe, as well as closure …

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Syria after the US-led attacks

Syria after the US-led attacks

By: Rami G Khouri  Russia, Iran and Turkey will determine the future of Syria As the dust settles from the Franco-Anglo-American missile attacks against Syrian targets, we find once again that narrow military action in one corner of that ravaged country may have little impact on the wider political and security picture. The current geopolitics of the Syrian conflict is …

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India’s Military Doctrine Shifts and Regional Security

India's Military Doctrine Shifts and Regional Security

Through its various military strategies, India has always tried to coerce Pakistan and sometimes even to inflict some backbreaking damage to the latter’s territorial integrity. Historically, Indian policymakers have treaded the path of aggression and subversion preached by their political forefather Kautilya. Making Kautilya’s thoughts their baseline, Indians kept on trying and employing different ways and means for dominance and …

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CHINA’S PETRO-YUAN

CHINA'S PETRO-YUAN

The end of the dollar hegemony? In its efforts to make the Chinese currency yuan, or reminbi, more international and to break the US dollar’s global dominance, China has launched its own petro currency: Petro-yuan. With a step that is likely to upend, and reshape, the global oil market, the Shanghai International Energy Exchange launched the first crude futures contracts …

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A New Age of Sea Power ?

A New Age of Sea Power ?

How China and the US Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry The rise and fall of empires has long been a story at the heart of history. Since the Europeans first burst out of their then-marginal region on wooden sailing ships mounted with cannons in the fifteenth century, the planet seldom has had a moment in which several …

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