Hasan Rowhani, a moderate Iranian cleric has been elected to Iran’s next president. The West, and particularly the US, is optimist if not jubilant on his elevation. According to Foreign Policy, there is cautious optimism that popular support for moderation at the polls will translate into concessions at the negotiating table. Rowhani sent some vague … More Why optimism of the West on Rowhani’s electoral victory is misplaced?
Pakistan is going to have a new government in Islamabad and a third-term prime minister installed in less than two weeks. It is almost the same time that the new Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will visit Pakistan on May 22 and 23, 2013 as a part of efforts to further strengthen bilateral ties between … More China, India and the US can not be pleased at the same time…..
Hegemony is a cornerstone of India’s foreign policy which springs from its strategic thought; it wants to subjugate its neighbors by fostering good ties with neighbors’ neighbors thus encircling the countries around. It loves projection of force and always tries to play the role of regional policeman. It has locked Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka … More Operation Lal Dora: When India tried to become the US of Asia
Those who have pressurized President Putin into postponing his Pakistan visit have done no good to the prospects of a peaceful Afghanistan after draw-down of foreign troops. This is a disservice even to a graceful exit for the NATO forces. According to media reports, President Vladimir Putin was to attend the quadrilateral summit of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia … More Putin’s Pakistan visit postponed under Indian pressure…..
HUSSAIN SAQIB The events are unfolding so swiftly that it has become difficult to keep track of who will be whose friend after Americans pack up from Kabul and leave. One thing is for sure; foes of yesterday will be compelled by the realities of realist politics of today to switch sides and embrace each … More Afghan endgame: Cold War adversaries are switching partners….
Killing of US Ambassador in Libya is not only a condemnable act, it is sad and gory. An ambassador is supposed to be the most protected precious asset in the host country even when the two countries are at war with each other. And Libya and the US won friendship the hard and bloody way. … More Mini-9/11 in Benghazi: Why the Americans are so adept at turning friends into foes?
Iran has played a master-stroke for coming out of its international isolation through hosting the Summit of NAM member countries. The world is looking at this latest development in shock and awe, as revival of NAM, which always stood for disassociation from the Cold War and super powers, heralds an era of a new world … More NAM Summit, the dead horse and diplomatic hypocrisy….
There are two critical, but inter-related developments of the past two days which rekindle hope for settlement of Afghanistan problem according to the wishes of Afghan people. However, theses developments will come to a naught if increasing influence of India in Afghanistan is not checked. Newsweek has claimed that Afghan Taliban who have always considered … More Indian influence will be a catalyst for increased chaos in Afghanistan…..
Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia make a very complex triangle of relationships HUSSAIN SAQIB Recent developments in Yemen have brought to sharp focus Pakistan’s diplomatic vulnerabilities and have brought forward the sad reality that Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia make a very complex triangle of relationships. Unfortunately, Pakistan can enjoy good relationships with only one … More Pakistan caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran….
There is no doubt now that the Pakistan’s decision to open GLOC for NATO supplies can help determine NATO’s future course of action being deliberated in Chicago Summit. Pakistan can become a game-spoiler if her sentiments are not respected. The vibes are that so far Pakistan has proved to be real spoiler of the whole … More Chicago Summit: Can Pakistan be a real spoiler of the end-game?