A Pakistani-US Collision in the Making

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By James M. Dorsey A recent government surrender to militant demands for stricter adherence to Islam mediated by the military coupled with the release from house arrest of a militant leader designated by the United Nations and the United States… Continue Reading  

Oman’s Diplomatic Bridge in Afghanistan

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by Giorgio Cafiero On October 16, American, Afghan, Chinese, and Pakistani diplomats met to discuss the war in Afghanistan for the first time since the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)’s holding of talks in Islamabad last year. Per the US State… Continue Reading  

Unintended Consequences of Abrogating Iran’s Nuclear Deal

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by James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump’s targeting of a two-year-old agreement curtailing Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons could not only spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but also tilt European-Chinese competition for domination… Continue Reading  

Rohingya Plight Feeds Muslim Assertiveness

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by 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 Palestinians in the second half of the 20 th century. Like the cause of the… Continue Reading  

Why the World Will Have to Live with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

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by Rajan Menon It’s time to face reality. When it comes to a nuclear-armed North Korea, the question is no longer “if” but “when.” Denuclearization, the goal underlying UN Security Council sanctions, has become a chimera. Though there’s much that… Continue Reading