A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

Beneath America’s Turbulent Relationship with Its Most Hated Ally

Rex Tillerson and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad (Wikimedia Commons)

by Abrahim Shah Relations between the United States and its erstwhile ally Pakistan can best be characterized as turbulent. Ever since Pakistan decided to entrench itself in the American camp during the Cold War, Pakistan and America have gone back… Continue Reading  

Will the Real Pakistan Stand Up, Please?

Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui

by James M. Dorsey Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please? Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Silence on a Saudi Nuclear Bomb

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Joe Cirincione It’s said that the only two people Donald Trump does not criticize are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. You can add Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to that list. With the prince’s two week trip… Continue Reading  

China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism

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by James M. Dorsey Steep commercial terms for China’s investment in infrastructure projects across Eurasia related to its Belt and Road initiative may give it control of key ports and other assets as recipients of Beijing’s largess find themselves trapped… Continue Reading