Middle East

September, 2017

  • 26 September

    View from Turkey: The Need to Stay Calm on Kurdish Referendum

    Turkey’s reaction to Kurdish independence from Iraq will not be a military intervention at least for now and it should not be, says one Turkish analyst.

August, 2017

  • 8 August

    Russia in Libya: War or Peace?

    Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilization on Europe’s southern border.

June, 2017

  • 7 June

    The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

    The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy.

April, 2017

  • 9 April

    View from Riyadh: Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and Gulf Unity!

    The Trump administration has decided to rehabilitate its time-tested alliance with the Gulf and allied Arab and Muslim states, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey.

  • 5 April

    View from India: Has Pakistan Walked into a Saudi Trap?

    Pakistan shouldn’t burn its fingers by joining an alliance that didn’t include Iran. Walking into the Saudi trap would be suicidal for Pakistan, pundits had warned Nawaz Sharif government. But Islamabad just did that.

May, 2016

  • 23 May

    Israel, Saudi Arabia New Middle East’s Strange Bedfellows

    Israel and Saudi Arabia are burying the hatchet. For at least 10 reasons, that's not such a good idea.

January, 2016

  • 30 January

    Five Years of Arab Spring: Why it Failed?

    There is little hope for peace in much of West Asia five years after the advent of Arab Spring. Every country is going through its own doomsday, reflected everyday with the uncountable number of innocent deaths.

August, 2015

  • 27 August

    No Exit? Gaza and Israel Between the Wars

    Whatever options Hamas and Israel choose will not resolve the underlying conflict. But allowing Gazans to export goods, tax themselves and freely exit and enter the territory would at least offer Israelis and Palestinians the possibility of less bloodshed, while other possibilities, including unblocking the diplomatic impasse, are explored.

  • 18 August

    India-UAE ‘Strategic Partnership’ and Pakistan

    The new warmth in India-UAE relations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai may have regional implications.

  • 12 August

    The Great Shaking Out of the ‘New Middle East’

    The “great shakeout” taking place in the Middle East is a state shakeout by conservative states with conservative ideologies. Iran is not an outlier in this company. Certainly rivalry and competition are better than the wars, ethnic cleansing, flight, killing, rape, malnutrition and barbarism of the past five years.