Asia

Peace in Afghanistan Will Not be Possible Until Kabul Acknowledges The Durand Line

While contemporary disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to permeate the consciousness of regional observers as well as international peace keepers, the reality is that it is an 1893 colonial era agreement that continues to prevent a genuine sense of trust and transparency from being achieved between Kabul and Islamabad.  […]

Erdogan Injects Sanity Into Debate on The Yellow Vests of France

Hours after Donald Trump made a wildly undiplomatic endorsement of the protesters in Paris and other major cities in France, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered a measured response to the issue while also reflecting on how Europe’s hypocritical behaviour led to this dangerous impasse for France and some of France’s […]

Imran Khan and Donald Trump: Will They Hate Each Other or Develop a Positive Working Relationship?

While Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s domestic rivals have been out for his throat ever since the former cricketing star entered the political arena in 1996, for those with an honest mindset, allegations of hypocrisy and inconsistency betray the fact that when compared to almost all other front-line Pakistani politicians, […]

Russia Attempts to Mend Energy Ties Between Turkey and Greece – But Israel Has Other Ideas

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Among other issues discussed were plans to connect the Turkstream pipeline (a Russo-Turkish cooperative endeavour) to Greece and beyond the Balkans, to a pipeline leading from Greece into Italy. Putin further hinted at a standing offer to mediate […]

The RuPak Railway Could Complement Or Even Replace The NSTC

The establishment of a financial consortium and joint working group between the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan could one day lead to the creation of a Russia-Pakistan (RuPak) railway via Central Asia that would complement the Indo-Iranian North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) to Russia but also potentially […]

The Philippine Senate’s Unwillingness to Address Macapagal-Arroyo’s Charter Change is Blessing in Disguise

When she was President of The Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke about her support for making constitutional reforms that would transform the country from a strong presidential to a parliamentary system. Her political and personal opposition at the time brought about a proverbially brutal end to her attempts to change Philippine governance […]