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Added conflicts and proxies: Redefining the Middle Eastern alliances

Samson Simon Sharif | For over the past hundred years, West Asia has been the theater of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict...

The Middle East conundrum: What is the safe passage for Pakistan?

Ghulam Mustafa | Mired in its Afghan Policy quagmire, reeling from Trump led Saudi Arabian stunning uppercut and Panama JIT, Pakistan appears to have been...

Saudi-UAE-Qatar crisis: Will the US’ mediation bear fruit?

News Analysis | The noise of Saudi-led Qatar boycott is reverberating in the region and beyond as the need for mediation and protection is being...

Turkish troops march for Qatar’s support: Escalation in the Gulf crisis?

James M. Dorsey | Turkey’s Parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatar, home to the country’s military...

Neutrality not an option: Pakistan to choose between Qatar or Saudi...

News Analysis | Pakistan will not cut off ties with Qatar in wake of the decision of the GCC countries to sever diplomatic relations with...

The Gulf tightening its noose: What are Qatar’s real options?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, by breaking off not only diplomatic but also economic relations with Qatar, are likely...

Saudi-UAE campaign against Qatar: Muslim nations forced to choose sides

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-driven campaign to isolate Qatar and, by extension, Iran puts non-Muslim Arab states in a bind and tests...

US-Saudi games in the Middle East: Will Qatar bow down to...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The move by a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt – with Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and Maldives...

Fissures in the GCC: Qatar stranded by its Gulf neighbors

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, causing fissures in the powerful Gulf consortium ostensibly...

US’ plan to destabilize Iran: “Dark Prince” appointed as head of...

James M. Dorsey | The Trump administration, this week, appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the...

Islamic Military Alliance: Seeking Non-Muslim help against a Muslim sect

Saad Rasool | This past week, leaders of almost 50 ‘Islamic’ nations met, under the leadership of Donald Trump and the frail King Salman, as...

Why is Pakistan reconsidering its role in the Islamic Military Alliance

Saad Yousaf | Reports are coming in that Pakistan is drawing red lines for its participation in Saudi-led IMAFT alliance after the US-Islamic summit. The...

Anti-Qatar media campaign in the Gulf: Cracks in the Islamic Military...

James M. Dorsey | Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after the US President Donald J. Trump ended...

Fragile foreign policy: Pakistan at the mercy of a new super...

Ghulam Mustafa | Gen Zia Ul Haq, for all his faults, understood Arab psyche very well. I recall his words to our Advisory Team in...

Arab-Islamic Summit: US-Muslim get-together without Iran?

Dr. Muhammad Ali Ehsan | Arab–Islamic Summit is scheduled to take place next week in Riyadh. In a clear sign of the reversal of US...

Fraying US-Turkey relations over US support of Syrian Kurds

Sophie Mangal | According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 12, 2017, that the U.S. support of the Syrian...

Pakistan’s route to safety: Revision of the Afghan policy

Asif Haroon Raja | On May 5, 2017, Afghan border security forces carried out unprovoked firing across the Chaman border in Baluchistan on two Pakistani...

Deadlock in Geneva: who is preventing new dialogue on Syria?

Sophie Mangal | The preparations for the next meetings on Syria in Astana and Geneva scheduled for May are gaining momentum. Politicians continue to express...

Cleaning Beijing, Polluting Lahore: Full Cost of Chinese Investments?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | As smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend, state news agency Xinhua reported the closing of the last large coal-fired...

Protests on Soccer Fields: Another Regional Game to Weaken Iran?

Dr. James Dorsey | Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC...

Pakistan Army engagement in Middle East: Walking a fine line between...

James M. Dorsey | Pakistan is emerging as an important military player in the Gulf as its struggles to balance complex relations with regional rivals...

After Pak-Army’s success in securing PSL Qatar wants Pak-Army assistance for...

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar, met with General Qamar Bajwa, Army Chief of Pakistan, on Tuesday and requested...

Is the Cold War between Russia and the USA over?

EDWARD LOZANSKY AND JIM JATRAS | For Donald Trump and the overwhelming majority of the American people, including those who did not vote for him,...

The art of obfuscation Vs The perfect heist?

The art of obfuscation by Sky is Neela Having a voice, an audience, a platform is a privilege not afforded to many. Those who are afforded...

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