Salman Rafi Sheikh

What is Really Happening Between Russia and I...

PT6532423While a lot has very recently happened in Syria between Israel and Iran—and such episodes may recur in the future as well—Russia’s role, as we wrote previously for NEO, remains crucial as the only feasible mediator between the two fierce rivals and could be the key to de-escalation…

The Regime-change Agenda is Back On Iran

453242342If not for forcing a regime change in Iran, what good is the US decision to withdraw from the Iran-deal for? If not for regime change, the US decision to pull itself out of the deal can only be called a sheer act of stupidity. But it is multidimensional geo-politics, and it thrives…

Europe’s Guns & Hypocrisy Roar Loud in Y...

FR45234121While the European Union, every now and then, continues to express its ‘anger’ over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, even more evident is the conspicuous absence of likewise criticism in EU of the atrocities being committed in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has waged…

Russia Can be the Key to Iran-Israel De-escal...

543416While political pundits and politicians alike in Washington have been busy as of lately in making predictions about imminent crisis in the Middle East between Israel and Iran, reflecting equally which side the US will stand by if a war does break out between the two rivals, a backdoor…

Turkey & the US Re-discovering Their ‘Lo...

1022605522While Turkish officials have been recently seen justifying their quite rapprochement with the US on Syria as a result of Turkey’s ‘diverse’ foreign policy, it seems that the said diversity was not considered to be a viable option when the Turkish leadership blatantly accused…

Why did Turkey Support the US Missile Strike ...

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Turkey’s role in the on-going war of Syria has been a subject of controversy from the beginning. From initially supporting the US and NATO to clashing with Russia, the ‘sick man of Europe’ has recently been seen making a dramatic turn towards Russia and Iran, resultantly withdrawing from its demand of Assad’s exit from power. Ever since…

Washington Has No Means for Attending its Goa...

While the Trump administration and their allies, France and the UK, declared their ‘co-ordinated air strike’ on Syria a success, a “mission accomplished”, a closer look at the situation reveals that this strike, far from a success story, is no story at all, except that it has…

The US ‘Deep State’ Doesn’t Want an End to Sy...

7645634543The Islamic State (IS) has been defeated in Syria root and square, but the war hasn’t ended yet and it might not end as long as the American war machine continues to pound both directly and in-directly. While the American war machine’s involvement in the war and its stubborn…

The Deepening EU-US Schism on Iran Deal

7879While the US president Donald Trump’s opposition to and his desire to scrap the Iran nuclear deal isn’t any secret, the appointment of a known hawk, John Bolton, as the president’s new national security adviser has manifold increased the prospects of the US’ withdrawal from the deal…

Afghanistan: The US Diplomacy to Find New All...

There is no gainsaying that Afghanistan’s road to peace after 17 years of war with the US is not going to be an easy one. For one thing, the war is not over yet. For another, the invader’s agenda is not finished yet, and therefore, it continues to use different means to deny peace…

What Does Pompeo’s Rise Mean for the Middle E...

624234242Replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo in the US government doesn’t simply mean a simple replacement of one secretary of state with another; it illustrates, in significant ways, a subtle yet certain change in the US policy with regard to the geopolitics of…

The Latent Objectives of Saudi Crown Prince’s...

Whereas the Saudi crown prince, Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS), ‘the modernizer’, has ostensibly set on his maiden foreign tour to attract investment and transfer of technology from foreign investors to make his vision 2030 a national and commercial success, it is just more than…


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