Salman Rafi Sheikh

Is There Anything New About Trump’s Middle Ea...

435342342342While Donald Trump is apparently busy in re-defining the US approach to the Middle East, the so-called new policy may not be that new. After all, those preparing this policy and those advising the president on the region were…

NATO’s “Success” in Libya, ISIS Replaces Gadd...

4532423421Third week of February marked 6th anniversary of ‘popular’ up-rising in Libya that ultimately led to the overthrow of Gaddafi regime. Thanks to NATO’s intervention and the chaos it left behind, today’s Libya lies in ruins, over-run…

Trump’s U-turn Promises Co-operation With Chi...

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The Trump administration has changed its previous stance on ‘One China.’ This is pretty evident from various statements issued by Trump and his team and the positive response these statements have received from China. Moving…

Beware of Trump’s Double-game in the Middle E...

43532434234While the Trump administration has been tacitly showing off its willingness to start a new, and a better, phase of relations with Russia, the policy the new administration is chalking out towards the Middle East in general…

As Russia Builds Up, NATO Readies its Arms Ou...

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Just as the emergence of a “pro-Russian” Donald Trump has sent waves of uncertain future of NATO, the rise of Russia and its massive military and economic build up has also added to the ‘fears’ of European allies of the US…

Trump’s Nationalism Facilitating China’s Rise...

56345234324While the new US president, Donald Trump, might have thought deeply about making “America great again”, the policies (read: “America First”) he has outlined to achieve this objective are likely to cause other consequences, most…

Can Trump’s “America First” Policy Rescue the...

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As it appears, Donald Trump’s inaugural speech has put the US foreign policy onto a path that would probably allow the US to flex its military muscle rather more openly in the Middle East. Period. The question, however, is…

China is Changing the Middle East’s Geo-polit...

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Nowhere has the Obama administration done more damage to the US position than in the Middle East, leaving a big void to be filled largely by China, the silent player, and Russia, the military stalwart holding the US at bay…

The US and Iran All Ready to Lock Horns Over ...

465435234234With the new US president assuming his post in the White House, the controversy over the US-Iran nuke deal has taken a dramatic turn. The first episode that clearly showed this turn came in the month of November, soon after…

Erdogan Fighting Terror by Silencing the Medi...

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Grotesque though it looks, Erdogan’s anti-terror strategy focuses not only on potential and actual terrorists, it equally targets those who, especially journalists, refuse to unconditionally subscribe to the official narrative…

‘Playing God’, the CIA, FBI, NSA Report Finds...

564354352342It ‘says’ a lot yet it ridiculously fails to say enough. A lot of talk following the report has focused on what it says, leaving the people obscure to what it doesn’t

Russia Retaliates Through Non-retaliation

453423421231If anything the Obama administration is—if it really is an administration at all—its most apt description as well as appreciation should be based upon what it has achieved and lost in the 8 years it…


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