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Syria and Realignment in the Arab World

Bashar al-Assad

Since the beginning of the Arab nationalist movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, Syria has hoisted the banner of Arab nationalism. But after the beginning of civil war in 2011, Syria got diplomatically isolated in the Arab world but dynamics are now changing in Syria’s favour. Recently, President Bashar al-Assad said that Syria had reached a “major …

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Our new old war

Our new old war

I served in London as a military attaché in the high commission between 1992 and 1996 when the IRA – the militant wing of the breakaway Sinn Fein of Northern Ireland – had laid siege to Kingdom’s Union with Northern Ireland. In an over 30-year-long civil war, 3500 lives were lost with over 50,000 casualties in 36,900 shootings and 16,200 …

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BALOCHISTAN & THE FIFTH GENERATION WARFARE

BALOCHISTAN & THE FIFTH GENERATION WARFARE

By: Abdul Rasool Syed “There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan” — Quaid-e Azam Balochistan, the El Dorado of Pakistan and a province of high geostrategic, geo-economic and geopolitical importance, seems witnessing the fifth generation warfare. In fact, this war has been choreographed by our adversaries to destabilize Pakistan. The province of Balochistan, which provides a fertile …

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Nationalism and Globalism

Interconnectedness does not threaten sovereignty For much of the 20th century, ideological discussions and debates have centred on liberal versus conservative, left versus right. No longer. The ideological divide of the 21st century is emerging as globalism versus nationalism. Since the end of World War II, global integration and technological progress have fuelled a new world order centred on free …

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International Law Failing the Rohingya Muslims

During the past few years, issues of immigration, refugees and displaced persons have transcended national jurisdictions. Since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, nearly 13.5 million people have been in desperate need of humanitarian aid. More than 440,000 refugees have entered Europe in 2017 alone, and almost 3,000 have already gone missing. In Southeast Asia, a similar …

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Middle East’s Decent into Chaos

A Prognosis of the region for 2018 Middle East has been one of the most volatile regions of the world since the Second World War. But, recent conflicts in the region have brought academic phrases like ‘Arc of Instability’ to the fore. The Arab Spring was an extension of the Iranian Revolution and the War on Terror that created the …

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REALIGNMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Will Israel & Saudi Arabia join Hands against Iran?  The Middle East has long been considered the world’s most important region, given its strategic, economic and religious significance. It is the world’s largest oil- and gas-producing region – 65.5 percent of OPEC’s total output comes from the Middle East. It is the converging point of the jugular routes of global …

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China’s Leadership, Reshuffle and Xi’s New Era

A man whose name was largely unknown outside of China just a few years ago has become the rising Asian giant’s most powerful leader in decades. Chinese President Xi Jinping, now officially recognized as the supreme leader and the ‘core’ of the Communist Party of China, controls more power and authority than almost all of his modern predecessors. Since he …

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