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Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East Op-Eds

Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East

Lebanon located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian hinterland has a rich history and a special cultural identity of religious...

NATO - On the Decline Analyses & Assessments

NATO - On the Decline

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a recent interview, has described NATO as, ‘brain-dead’. In its 70th year, the US-led military alliance is...

Russia-Ukraine: Prisoners of Past Analyses & Assessments

Russia-Ukraine: Prisoners of Past

The recent prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine is indicative of a thaw between the two estranged neighbours. Will this spirit survive the...

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to? Op-Eds

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to?

On 02 October 2019, in a clash with civilian protesters, a Hong Kong police officer shot an 18-year old secondary school student. The trigger for...

Egyptian Protests- “Springing” Back Analyses & Assessments

Egyptian Protests- “Springing” Back

Egypt has been experiencing political unrest and upheaval in a continuum. Egyptians are back on the streets demanding the ouster of President Sisi....

Sykes- Picot & Future of Syria Analyses & Assessments

Sykes- Picot & Future of Syria

The present-day borders of the Middle East are the legacy of a hasty agreement signed almost 100 years ago. This has become the cause celebre for the...

The Future of Conflict: Myanmar Analyses & Assessments

The Future of Conflict: Myanmar

The failure of the international community to enforce favourable conditions for the safe return home of the Rohingya refugees has once again...

Drones over Middle Eastern Skies Analyses & Assessments

Drones over Middle Eastern Skies

The precision drone attack by the Houthis targeting the economic heart of the Kingdom of Saud has finally given to the proverbial ‘David’ a weapon to...

BREXIT -What Next? Analyses & Assessments

BREXIT -What Next?

The UK under Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to walk out from the European Union (EU) on 31st October 2019 without a definitive exit plan in...

Russian Far East- India’s Act East Initiative Analyses & Assessments

Russian Far East- India’s Act East Initiative

PM Modi’s visit to the Russian Far East, the first ever by an Indian PM, aims at economic inroads into this resource rich area in direct competition...

Harbinger of Balkanisation Analyses & Assessments

Harbinger of Balkanisation

The rollout of Huawei’s 5G pilot in Russia appears to be the first salvo fired in the escalating conflict for cyberspace where competing...

Indian Boots on Ground in Afghanistan Analyses & Assessments

Indian Boots on Ground in Afghanistan

By relegating regional countries including India as bystanders in the war against terror in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has clearly shared...

NATO and Turkey: An Imminent Divorce? Analyses & Assessments

NATO and Turkey: An Imminent Divorce?

The increasing geopolitical divergence between NATO and Turkey has raised serious concerns on the longevity of Turkey’s future in the alliance. Do...

Indian Soft Power Grab in The Gulf Analyses & Assessments

Indian Soft Power Grab in The Gulf

India PM Narendra Modi’s recent visit to India’s traditional allies in the Gulf Region-UAE and Bahrain- as a precursor to the G7 summit- was a strong...

Iraq’s Dying Rivers Analyses & Assessments

Iraq’s Dying Rivers

Iraq is in a fragile state, rapidly running out of water. The water crisis has grown in magnitude because it does not control the flow of its rivers...

The Future of Security : Afghanistan Analyses & Assessments

The Future of Security : Afghanistan

On 18 Aug 2019, a suicide bombing claimed the lives of 63 people at a wedding party in Kabul and left 180 injured. Would this breach in security...

China's options for Aksai Chin Analyses & Assessments

China's options for Aksai Chin

At the UNSC closed consultations on 16th Aug, China claimed that the unilateral action by India in J&K had challenged China’s sovereign interests...

The Guatemalan Immigration Crisis Analyses & Assessments

The Guatemalan Immigration Crisis

The security implications of Guatemala’s immigration crisis may have consequences that extend far beyond its geographical borders. The legacy of...

Escalation to super-power conflict? Op-Eds

Escalation to super-power conflict?

The dispute is between six maritime nations, who share shorelines with the South China Sea. The conflict is over territorial claims and economic zone...

North Korea goes ballistic again Analyses & Assessments

North Korea goes ballistic again

For the fifth time in two weeks, Pyongyang had tested an increasingly sophisticated short-range missile system, which can wipe out South Korean and...