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Plans for Redrawing the Middle East

Middle East

Overlapping of Anglo-American-Israeli Agenda The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who coined it as a replacement of the older and more imposing term: the “Greater Middle East.” This shift in foreign policy phraseology coincided with the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) …

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The Middle East as a falsifier of the Westphalian state

Middle East

By: Ammara Ilyas The focus of the world’s diplomacy is on two areas. Russian President Putin’s annexation of Crimea, and his perceived ‘new’ expansionism of foreign policy – on behalf of a state that is still massively nuclear-armed. The other area is the Middle East, with the turmoil caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); and with …

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Redrawing the Middle East – Sir Mark Sykes, imperialism and the Sykes-Picot agreement

Redrawing the Middle East – Sir Mark Sykes, imperialism and the Sykes-Picot agreement

Michael Berdine’s succinct analysis of his subject Sykes’s political involvement in the Middle East is also a reflection that can be extended to the present-day turmoil in the region. “As a man of his time and class,” he writes, “Sir Mark Sykes was an imperialist driven more by ego and political considerations than humanitarian reasons.” His new book, Redrawing the …

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Why Middle East is in Tatters?

Why Middle East is in Tatters?

By: Vali Nasr  The baggage of colonialism The current crisis in the Middle East is very important, largely because it goes to the heart of distribution of power, or more rightly the security architecture, of the region. Boundaries that were drawn after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Treaty of Versailles are now open to contestation. The internal …

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The Middle East

The Middle East

Caught in a Vicious Circle of Destruction Thomas Hardy once said, ‘And yet to every bad, there is a worse’. In the current Middle Eastern crisis, when the world thinks the situation cannot get worse than this, callous leaders manage to outdo themselves in spreading destruction and mayhem. During the past some months, the Middle East has become the home …

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Can Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

Can Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

While President Trump has followed in few of his predecessors’ footsteps, his administration has done the expected in at least one respect: It has undertaken a Middle East peace initiative in its first year. Most recent administrations have done the same, and all have failed. Will Mr. Trump do any better? The specifics of the initiative are still being hammered …

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Middle East and outside world

Middle East and outside world

Historical biases and realpolitik lie at the root of the seemingly unmanageable Middle East conflict The cauldron of civilization where the Sumerians invented numbers, calendars and provided base for the Babylonian empire wherein they introduced a coded Hammurabi law to settle the affairs of state and built the hanging gardens of Babylon, has plunged into an abyss of lawlessness and …

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A Cold War turning hot in the Middle East

A Cold War turning hot in the Middle East

By: Mohammed Ayoob The Cold War in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran is coming to a head. So far carried out with the help of proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, it’s in danger of turning into a military confrontation between the two regional powers. A number of factors indicate that the Great Game is entering …

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Pakistan and the building tensions in the Middle East

Pakistan and the building tensions in the Middle East

By: Shahid Javed Burki A number of developments have occurred in and around the Middle East that would likely make the region even more volatile than in the past. These events will have consequences for Pakistan for reasons that need to be understood by the policymakers working in Islamabad. Some of what has happened in the last several months is …

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The second cold war

The second cold war

By: Shahzad Chaudhry Though it is premised on some serious options of hot engagement as well, as is happening in Syria when US planes took down an entirely bona fide Russian aircraft on a mission against Isis in Raqqa. But it’s happening right before our eyes. The detente is over. Twenty years of hard work began in the 1970s under …

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