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Saudi Crown Prince’s limitations on putting the genie back in the...

James M Dorsey | Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability...

Iran protests expose leadership flaws in Muslim world

James M Dorsey | If week-long anti-government protests in Iran exposed the Islamic republic’s deep-seated economic and political problems, they also laid bare Saudi Arabia’s...

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

China uses Belt and Road investment to shape Pakistan’s political climate

James M Dorsey | A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic...

Terrorists apprehended from Balochistan are signs of progress

News Analysis | The Frontier Corps (FC) have apprehended two terrorists belonging to banned organisations during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in parts of Balochistan, the...

Brussels enters the debate on good or bad Islam

James M Dorsey | It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That...

Ahmadi community in Pakistan becoming election scapegoats

Reuters | Crammed into buses and mini-vans, more than 10,000 Pakistanis traveled to a mosque on the outskirts of the small Punjabi town of Rabwah,...

The Middle East: It will only get worse

James M. Dorsey | As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy...

Iran is Trump’s perpetual enemy in the Middle East

News Analysis |  US President Donald Trump said that Iran exports violence, chaos, and bloodshed while its government hides a corrupt dictatorship behind the farce...

Rohingya Plight: Feeding Instability across Muslim World & jeopardizing China’s One...

James M. Dorsey | The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the...

The US failed Afghan policy – Part I

Asif Haroon Raja | It took Donald Trump and his team 8 months to formulate Afghan policy, which was hailed by India and Afghan Government...

Iraqi forces ‘completely surround ISIL’ in Tal Afar

News Analysis | According to Iraqi and US officials, Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias have "completely surrounded" fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group in...

Jackson report puts Saudi Arabia and UK in a tight spot

James Dorsey | A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the Kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report...

Politics, not religion, is the source of Sunni-Shiite conflict

Nauman Sadiq l Lately, it has become a habit of Orientalist apologists of Western imperialism to offer reductive historical and theological explanations of Sunni-Shi’a conflict...

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

Gulf crisis: Is Saudi Arabia the only bad guy here?

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What has Saudi Arabia lost in an attempt to please its...

Sufian Qazi | A long time ago, a wild dog visited a city to meet his urban dog friend. The wild dog was skinny, weak,...

Iran-Pak relations take a dip as Iranians threaten carrying out strikes

In a press conference held, Press TV reported on Monday, that the head of Iranian armed forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri stated that Iranian...

Madrasa Reforms: Lynchpin of Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorism

Jamal Hussain | Any critique about madrasas in Pakistan must be handled with care, given the sensitivity of the public about an institution considered by...

Recreating the map of Middle East using guns not pens

Zeeshan Munir | The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It...

Will the Muslim Military Alliance bring trouble for Pakistan & other...

Abdul Rahim | The United States of America is the master of designing mini great games in the Islamic world, to secure its national interests,...

Is PTI right in taking a position against Gen. Raheel Sharif...

Najma Minhas| Past three months speculation has been rife in the media about General Reheel Sharif going to Saudi Arabia as head of the Islamic...

Should Saudi’s really be happy at Trump’s tough stance against Iran?

Donald Trump's administration announced on February 3, 2017, that it will put new sanctions against individuals and organizations who it says are “supporters of Iran’s ballistic...

Russia cautions US: Don’t break US-Iran Deal

News Analysis It was never clear how long Donald Trump’s honeymoon was going to last with Russia, but it seems the first hiccup to the...

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