June 24, 2017

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As US Influence Wanes, Is Germany Ready to Step In?

The historic Reichstag building in Berlin which houses German Parliament. (Photo by Simon Varwell, CC License)

Can Germany expand its international influence in the wake of a partial withdrawal of the U.S. from the international stage depends on its ability to play a regionally integrating role, either at the European Union or in other multilateral fora. Read More »

Turkish Referendum: Democracy No More?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP, the Justice and Development Party, has been running the country since 2002. (Photo by unaoc, CC license)

Turkey’s April 16 referendum will be long remembered as a turning point in the country’s political history.   Turks were asked to grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bringing an end to the separation of powers. The 18 proposed constitutional amendments grant the Turkish president sweeping authority over the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, including power to ... Read More »

War in Perpetuity

(Photo by Cpl. Alex Guerra, CC License)

By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

The Price of Coexistence Between the EU and Russia

A view of NATO headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by European Parliament, Creative Commons License)

Considering the current domestic political developments in Russia, a long period of relative instability and recurring tensions seems unavoidable. But this doesn’t mean that we are approaching a new Cold War. Read More »

Geopolitics of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

Karakoram Highway, also known as KKH, on the Chinese side.  Built on the old Silk Route, KKH connects China with Pakistan. (Photo by Keith Tan, Creative Commons License)

Advice from China­ to Pakistan­ is unequivocally clear and categorical: develop consensus on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Afghanistan at the Crossroads

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, left, shakes hands with rival Abdullah Abdullah, right, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped broker an agreement on a technical and political plan to resolve the disputed outcome of the election between them.  (Photo by U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan , Creative Commons License)

Economically dependent on the foreign presence, Afghanistan will need to work hard to succeed on its own. Read More »

Turkey’s Role in Post-2014 Afghanistan

A Turkish soldiers greets Hajj pilgrims from Afghanistan. (Photo by isafmedia, Creative Commons License)

One analyst thinks that Turkey's most successful foreign policy has been that practiced in Afghanistan during the past ten years. Read More »

Romania’s Revolution: 25 Years On

Romanian revolution memorial. (Photo by Ted Drake, Creative Commons License)

An eyewitness to the bloody events in Bucharest remembers and finds hope. Read More »

Withdrawal Symptoms in Afghanistan: An Indian View

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lan Kim/ISAFMedia, Creative Commons License)

Many fear that after the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban will take over southern parts of the country with growing terrorism and insecurity threatening a weak government in Kabul. Read More »

Talking to the Taliban, Again

A British soldier on a military vehicle travels to a combat outpost in the outskirts of Lashkargah, provincial capital of Helmand Province. (Photo by Mohammad Popal/IRIN)

As foreign military forces prepare to complete their withdrawal from combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of the year and as it becomes increasingly clear that large swathes of territory will remain under Taliban control, aid organizations have felt both compelled and empowered to talk to them. Read More »