Salman Rafi Sheikh

On Erdogan’s Plan to Defy the US

TURE343423848Turkey’s Erdogan didn’t just start riding a flying horse when he decided to confront the US for its unilateral actions and a virtual plot against Turkey, manifested through particularly the imposition of tariffs and the resultant fall of Turkish lira by a whopping 22 per cent last Friday…

What is Turkey Signing up with China?

6745634234342With Turkey’s fast run towards greater economic and strategic integration with the East, its once popular dream of integration with the West through the EU has come to a permanent end. After making defence deals with Russia, buying the state of the art S-400 missile system, and siding…

MESA: an Alliance or a Gold Mine for America ...

USMESA63454353It is not just a coincidence that a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is being rolled out as an ‘Arab NATO’ at a time when the US is also deliberately picking up a fight with Iran. Of course, alliances like MESA would not be required unless there is an enemy to be countered through…

Iran has Ways to Circumvent and Survive US Sa...

IR464562342While the future of the Iran-nuke deal continues to depend upon the will of Europe, China and Russia in the face of US unilateral withdrawal and the latter’s campaign to convince at least Europe to do the same, for Iran the important question is not just the deal now. For it…

The Evolution of BRICS+ as a Counter-Hegemony...

ERDT85643522With the old hegemon, the US, depleting fast its energies by fomenting un-necessary conflicts, picking up imaginary enemies, and thus reaching the stage where hegemonic-fatigue becomes inevitable and the threat of extreme crisis more likely than ever, the rise of powerful counter-hegemon…

Iran-US Escalation and the Strait of Hormuz f...

55421c2d6da8113861bf23c7-750-500With the US president Donald Trump’s tweet of mass destruction and with Iran’s General Soleimani hitting back, the war of words has intensified in a big way between Iran and the US. Soleimani’s verbal attack symbolizes many things. Whereas it reflects the highly charged anti-US mood…

Why Russia Wouldn’t Offer Iran to Israel ...

With the heat developing on the question of Iran’s presence in Syria, a presence which is neither illegitimate nor an invasion of the sorts the US is known for doing, tension in the region is likely to rise. As we write, Israel has already rejected Russia’s more than reasonable…

Trump-Putin Summit: What of the Deep-State Sp...

6443While the US president Donald Trump seemed willing enough during the historic Helsinki summit to mend US ties with Russia—and he did point his finger at Washington rather than Moscow for bad relations with Russia—it was evident even before the summit that certain quarters in…

Why is the West Looking Like a ‘US vs. NATO’ ...

1050433223When Donald Trump recently criticized Germany and other NATO members for not spending the required sum of money on NATO and for purchasing gas from Russia, NATO’s primary rival, he wasn’t referring to some double standards of a given country; in fact, his remarks could also be…

Trump-Putin Summit: No Deal, but a Reality Ch...

PTRS97456342There is a lot of expectation from the up-coming Putin-Trump summit—and it is not just in Syria or Russia, but in the United States, in Israel and Iran too. Ironically enough, while the bigger expectation is that Syrian end-game will get a lot of traction, within the United States…

The Creeping War against Iran is Still on the...

DRILL67242342On June 27 and June 28, in a series of tweets from his official account, the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo went out of the way to praise protests in Iran, calling it a backlash against the “corruption, injustice and incompetence of their leaders.” It was no surprise to see…

The US Can’t Win the Self-imposed Trade War

GMC575233Like the many unwinnable wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria) started by two previous US presidents, president Trump’s war of his own choosing against China is also unwinnable not just because China is a formidable ally and has the capacity to retaliate massively, but also because China itself…


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