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Iran coordinates proxy wars with militias Analyses & Assessments

Iran coordinates proxy wars with militias

A prominent leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is believed to have met capable Shia militias in Iraq, telling them to prepare for a proxy war...

Trump's new immigration plan Analyses & Assessments

Trump's new immigration plan

The White House unveils a new plan to further apply pressure on illegal immigrants. How likely is the program to be passed into law and does it...

US-China Trade War Analyses & Assessments

US-China Trade War

The United States and China – the world’s largest economies have been held up in a trade war for nearly ten months. With its inevitable impact on...

Taiwan to counter Chinese infiltration Analyses & Assessments

Taiwan to counter Chinese infiltration

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen convened national security agencies to counter China’s infiltration. Will Taiwan, a US ally succeed?

Pompeo visits Russia Analyses & Assessments

Pompeo visits Russia

US Secretary of State visits Russia for the first high-level meeting between the countries since the Mueller Report. With the Trump administration...

Iran delivers an ultimatum Analyses & Assessments

Iran delivers an ultimatum

Tensions between Iran and the US are mounting. The US has steadily enforced more sanctions, while Iran recently announced that it was suspending...

Sri Lanka bombings, who did it? Analyses & Assessments

Sri Lanka bombings, who did it?

Tensions caused by the Easter Sunday bombings are heightened by Sri Lanka's history of ethnic and religious conflict. ISIS claims that the attacks...

 Trump threatens more tariffs against China Analyses & Assessments

Trump threatens more tariffs against China

America warns of additional tariffs on China after the countries were expected to sign an agreement ending their trade war. What has caused the Trump...

Military expansion to protect OBOR Analyses & Assessments

Military expansion to protect OBOR

The US Defence Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect the One Belt One Road (OBOR) infrastructure program. What...

Israel, the Gaza Strip and Eurovision Analyses & Assessments

Israel, the Gaza Strip and Eurovision

Israel and the Gaza Strip regularly engage in violent exchanges. Israel recently employed targeted assassinations after years of restraint. Why has...

US restricts Chinese visas Analyses & Assessments

US restricts Chinese visas

Amidst economic and geopolitical tensions, America tightens its visa procedures for prospective Chinese students. Does the US gain from protectionist...

The Dome of Argus Analyses & Assessments

The Dome of Argus

China and America are extending their geopolitical heft to an ice dome in the Antarctic. Why is Dome Argus at the centre of competition between the...

Ukraine’s President-elect rejects passport plan Analyses & Assessments

Ukraine’s President-elect rejects passport plan

Ukraine's president-elect and former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has mocked Russia's offer to give passports to citizens in the disputed territories...

  India’s ASW readiness Analyses & Assessments

India’s ASW readiness

China has stepped up its activity in the Indian Ocean while maintaining a sizeable number advantage to India’s submarines. Can India adapt its...

Erdogan takes a gamble Analyses & Assessments

Erdogan takes a gamble

President Erdogan is unlikely to buy oil from Saudi Arabia and the UAE due to sustained tensions. However, can Mr. Erdogan continue to buy oil from...

Belarus to join Russia? Analyses & Assessments

Belarus to join Russia?

President Vladimir Putin may look beyond Russia for a window to retain status quo after his current term ends. Is President Putin looking to force...

Kim Jong-Un in Russia Analyses & Assessments

Kim Jong-Un in Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet Russian President Vlad Putin in the first trip aimed at galvanising support while talks with Washington are...

 Afghanistan – A way forward  Analyses & Assessments

Afghanistan – A way forward

Upendra Baghel visited Synergia Foundation to discuss India’s need for an independent and inclusive Afghanistan Policy. Mr. Baghel recently served as...

Ceasefire in Doha talks: Difficult to agree, more difficult to implement. Op-Eds

Ceasefire in Doha talks: Difficult to agree, more difficult to implement.

Whatever type of ceasefire is negotiated in Doha, it would have two basic ingredients: (i) moratorium on all types of attacks by all parties, here...

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences Op-Eds

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences

Constitution is at the intersection of the legal system, the political system and the society in the country. It is the supreme law of the land....