March 25, 2017

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Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Still Faces Legal Challenges

New York's JFK Airport was scene of spontaneous protests after President Trump's first immigration order on jan 27th. (Photo by ViewsWeek)

The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations. Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

What Does the Next OPEC Meeting Have in Store?

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The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Read More »

Pakistan: A Complete Encirclement?

Security personal at Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province. (Photo via video stream)

Can an apologetic policy towards the Afghan Taliban really help Pakistan end its global isolation and put it on the path to development? Read More »

US-Saudi Ties and Middle East’s New Realities 

King Salman greets the President and First Lady.
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As Saudi Arabia embarks on a period of significant economic and foreign policy change, the United States should use all the incentives at its disposal to press for change in a progressive direction. Read More »

Where Angels Fear to Tread!

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Pakistan can play an effective part in countering the sectarian and political regional discord that is now raising its ugly head in the backdrop of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Saudi-Iran Confrontation Could Send Oil Prices to $250

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Even though it remains a remote possibility, direct military confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran could well put oil back into triple-digit territory in short order. Read More »

View from Turkey: A Sunni-Shia War?

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Even if a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is prevented, proxy wars between these two countries will most probably increase in number in the coming years. One analyst advises Turkey to stay away from these tensions. Read More »

Time to Transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The genuine prospect of Cypriot reunification could serve as a political pivot to the EU. Pictured: Northern Cyprus. (Photo by greenacre8, Creative Commons License)

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region. Read More »

What’s Really at Stake With the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dark smoke from a gas and oil fields near Ahwaz, Khuzestan province, Iran. (Photo by dynamosquito, Creative Commons License)

If the Iran nuclear deal eventually leads to a withdrawal of sanctions, the results will be increased Iranian supplies, forcing prices lower by some $10 per barrel. That could go a long way in changing the political structure of the Middle East, reducing West's dependency on its traditional allies in the region. Washington wants Iran positioned as a competitor to Russia for EU and Asian energy markets, and as a bulwark against Russian and Chinese expansion. Read More »