Next Steps in Afghanistan

by Alia Ahmed In an about-turn of its two decades-old policy on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan (and Syria). Until September last year, the United States had held firmly to… Continue Reading  

Turkish Condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim Wall of Silence

by James M. Dorsey In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs… Continue Reading  

China and the Battle over Human Rights

by James M. Dorsey China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in… Continue Reading  

Stepped Up U.S. Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port

by James M. Dorsey The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration’s exemption of the port… Continue Reading  

The Saudi Strategy to Influence Pakistan

by Seyyed Ali Nejat and Mohammad Reza Mohammadi The victory in the August 2018 elections in Pakistan of the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by Imran Khan—and the failure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, which has traditional ties to Saudi Arabia’s… Continue Reading