Salman Rafi Sheikh

Despite Reassurances, the US Can’t Change the...

7215The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Middle East has come at a time when the US politics at both domestic and international levels is facing extreme contradictions. There is a government shutdown at home, and at international level, Donald Trump and his team are…

Abusive and Disastrous: The Two Adjectives of...

4221The US is considering to pull about half of its current fighting force out of Afghanistan in order to pave the way for an eventual withdrawal. The RAND corporation has even prepared a peace-plan, which it shared with diplomats in Kabul, according to which, apart from other things…

Syria: Why the Reluctant Withdrawal?

TR56456222In an apparent about-turn, the Trump administration is re-thinking its decision to rapidly withdraw from Syria in order to, what its officials have said, ensure that the ISIS is completely destroyed and that the Turks don’t attack Syrian Kurds. While it is completely erroneous to see…

The Geo-politics of the ‘Arab Embrace’ of Syr...

07236364In the Syrian war, Syria was hardly the actual target ever. Syria, as it stands evidently exposed now, was only a battle-field against Iran and Russia, and the target was to end, once and for all, their influence and presence, both economic and military, in the Middle East to leave the region open for Saudi and American expansion further into Asia. ISIS, as is now believed even…

US Exit from Syria was Bound to Happen

5bd1cefe9The US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US military forces out of Syria has certainly surprised many in the world, especially those closest to him i.e., James Mattis, the Pentagon and the hawks who wish to continue to use Syria as a proxy battlefield against Iran and…

Afghanistan: Negotiations or a US Military De...

5634222While the Trump administration may think otherwise and even take the credit for initiating dialogue with the Taliban on an unprecedented level with a view to pulling the US out of Afghanistan, there can hardly be any doubt that negotiations, after 17 years of continuous war, are nothing…

The Facade of Yemen Talks

674443Despite all the positivity that one can extract from the first ever face-to-face bi-lateral talks between Yemen’s warring parties, the ceasefire agreements reached, and the reported ‘progress’ on peace and prison swap made, there is little hope that peace would eventually triumph. While this may…

The Case for Increasing US Military Spending ...

Washington, Trump ritorna alla Casa BiancaDespite being the world’s biggest military power, spending a lot more than the combined defence budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, India and Japan, the US hasn’t been able to decisively win a single war in last many decades. Afghanistan is in total chaos…

How Kerch Strait Incident is a Deliberate Pro...

BSBOA534222When Crimea became a part of Russia through referendum, Ukraine practically lost the right to free passage through the Kerch strait. The recent Kerch incident that took place when Ukraine took things for granted, violated the norms of international law and then met a strong Russian…

What ‘New Phase’ of Israel’s Relations with t...

763451211On November 7, 2018, Israel’s Intelligence and Transportation minister made a speech in Oman, pushing for greater cooperation between Israel and the Arab world, presenting it as something extremely beneficial for the people and the region on the whole. The speech had been preceded…

On Quad’s Rapid Progress to Uncertain Future

658567343In 2017, after the Trump administration proposed an “Indo-Pacific strategy”, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the QUAD) was re-invented as a security mechanism, directed at combating not just ‘natural disasters’ but mainly containing China in the Indo-Pacific region. Ever since…

On the Geo-politics of “European Army”

1017858560French president Macron’s call for the creation of a “European Army” and the implicit end of NATO alliance reflects the changing global order, the credit for which must, in the first place, go to the US president Trump, who, through his series of actions, has unwittingly done enough damage…


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