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Doha Peace Process - Another Dayton Agreement? Op-Eds

Doha Peace Process - Another Dayton Agreement?

Doha peace talks between the US and the Taliban have progressed but still one should agree with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, that ‘nothing is agreed till...

Pakistan retreats from US – Taliban peace talks Analyses & Assessments

Pakistan retreats from US – Taliban peace talks

Pakistan has withdrawn from US-Taliban scheduled peace talk but will continue to play a facilitating role. A series of civil wars in 1996 saw Kabul...

Saudi Arabia building nuclear reactor Analyses & Assessments

Saudi Arabia building nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabia is building a small reactor in its drive to divest from hydrocarbon fuelled electricity. The move brings questions of regional nuclear...

 US’ OPIC vs China’s BRI Analyses & Assessments

US’ OPIC vs China’s BRI

China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative is pitted against the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a global race for geopolitical,...

The US-Russia nuclear tussle Analyses & Assessments

The US-Russia nuclear tussle

America and Russia are currently engaged in a legal, normative and political battle to ensure their nuclear advantage, although this may mean a new...

Singapore, Malaysia deescalate tensions Analyses & Assessments

Singapore, Malaysia deescalate tensions

Singapore and Malaysia are expected to undertake negotiations to address a number of concerns, undertaking a measure of good faith before...

NAFTA replacement yet to be ratified Analyses & Assessments

NAFTA replacement yet to be ratified

The USMCA has yet to ratified by all parties, potentially making the issue an electoral captive, although immediate considerations such as tariff...

IRGC designated “foreign terrorist organisation” Analyses & Assessments

IRGC designated “foreign terrorist organisation”

The US is expected to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organisation in an unprecedented move that sees a national security force as a terror agent....

Trump threatens tariffs; risks hurting Americans Analyses & Assessments

Trump threatens tariffs; risks hurting Americans

Trump threatens to place a 25% tariff on cars coming to the US from Mexico, demanding Mexican action on illegal immigration and the drug trade. The...

LNA marches towards Tripoli Analyses & Assessments

LNA marches towards Tripoli

The leader of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in eastern Libya has ordered them to march on the capital Tripoli, the base of the internationally...

  America pressurises NATO members Analyses & Assessments

America pressurises NATO members

American believes that NATO members are not fully cognisant of increasing Russian threat in Europe. European powers, for their part, fear a new Cold...

UN chief warns of nuclear threat Analyses & Assessments

UN chief warns of nuclear threat

Izumi Nakamitsu, the U.N. undersecretary general and high representative for disarmament affairs, told Security Council members that the threat of...

Russo-Kazakh cooperation to grow Analyses & Assessments

Russo-Kazakh cooperation to grow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan’s new president discussed boosting political and military cooperation as the two leaders met after...

US to step up Black sea surveillance Analyses & Assessments

US to step up Black sea surveillance

The United States is set to unveil a Black Sea package, adding more warships and surveillance in the old Cold War arena on the 70th anniversary of...

Taiwan gets an American boost Analyses & Assessments

Taiwan gets an American boost

Taiwan is set to purchase fourth-generation F-16V fighters from the US, while China continues its incursions into American-allied countries in...

China major factor in Indonesia’s elections Analyses & Assessments

China major factor in Indonesia’s elections

President Widodo is likely to be assailed by other presidential candidates over perceived softness on China, making China a key factor in domestic...

Merkel enters Brexit fray Analyses & Assessments

Merkel enters Brexit fray

Angela Merkel is expected to fly to Ireland to discuss with PM Varadkar about preparations should a no-deal Brexit occur. Chancellor Merkel’s support...

Chinese jets enter Taiwan strait line Analyses & Assessments

Chinese jets enter Taiwan strait line

Taiwan has protested what it called a “reckless” and “provocative” flight by two Chinese fighter jets across the so-called median line of the Taiwan...

US-China trade war winner: Mexico Analyses & Assessments

US-China trade war winner: Mexico

Mexico has seen big gains in shipments to the U.S. in categories where competing Chinese goods were hit with tariffs, everything from poster board to...

Anti-Bashir protests intensify Analyses & Assessments

Anti-Bashir protests intensify

Sudanese women are taking the lead in protests against President Omar Bashir. There is a significant backlash against the decades-old morality laws...