Can Imran Khan Mediate the Persian Gulf Crisis?

by Fatemeh Aman In recent days, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has visited both Iran and Saudi Arabia amid reports that he’s been asked by U.S. President Donald Trump to mediate between the two Persian Gulf rivals and, potentially, between… Continue Reading  

Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity

by Shireen T. Hunter In his conversations with American journalists during his recent visit to New York, as reported in The New Yorker, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that some of Iran’s regional rivals, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia, and… Continue Reading  

Balochistan: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

by James M. Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped… Continue Reading  

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

by John Feffer In the beautiful and terrifying novel The City of Devi, communal hatreds escalate in India and Pakistan until the two countries feel compelled to threaten each other with nuclear weapons. At least, it starts out as a… Continue Reading  

A Deadly Enough Crisis to Forget MAGA for a Moment?

by Akbar Ahmed and Lawrence Wilkerson While Michael Cohen mesmerized the Democrats in the House of Representatives and provided more fodder for Republican ire, President Trump resumed his love affair with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in a second U.S.-DPRK… Continue Reading