Salman Rafi Sheikh

What Will Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem Le...

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With Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a new wave of both political and geo-political upheavals is likely to…

How Trade & Diplomacy Undoing the ‘Arab ...

1109725874The Saudi Arab led Islamic Military alliance had its first meeting in Riyadh on November 26, kicking-off Saudi Arabia’s larger ‘counter-terrorism’ agenda in the region. Despite Saudi Arabia’s repeated claims that this alliance isn’t against any particular country, the fact remains…

Syrian End-Game: An Albatross Around Turkish ...

E564532While the Syrian end-game is only beginning to take pace, as the latest Sochi summit showed unambiguously, what can also be seen on the horizon is that the unfolding of this game is making certain regional countries, particularly Turkey, uncomfortable. If Turkey’s…

Roots of Saudi Purge Lie in Washington

R74534345It was Jared Kushner’s un-announced visit to Saudi Arabia only days before Saudi Arabia’s night of long knives that appears to have set the stage for the great purge in Saudi Arabia, leading to the emergence of Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) as the kingdom’s most powerful leader…

Trump’s Asia Tour Sees Chinese Win-Win in Swi...

09981567Regardless of Trump’s pre-election anti-China rhetoric, the US president’s maiden visit to Asia has proved that the US relations with China are far from antagonistic. Two things have happened during this visit that clearly point not…

The US Wants ‘Peace’, but Opposes Dialogue in...

6149907604_f4a40d86b2_oWhile we often hear rhetorics about ‘no military solution’ to the Syrian conflict, and despite the fact that ISIS has been almost completely routed from the country, a viable political solution, one that may restore Syria to its pre-war…

How is Saudia Engaging Iran in a New Regional...

54234231231The House of Saud’s bid to engage with Iraq after almost a quarter century is perfectly illustrative of the former’s renewed push to create a regional wedge against the fast increasing Iranian influence in Iraq, as also in…

A Self-struck Disaster and a Resurgent China ...

655332432After ditching the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and giving a deadly blow to the’ US pivot to Asia, the US foreign policy vis-à-vis Asia remains in doldrums. With the erstwhile partner countries negotiating to operationalize…

The Raqqa ‘Victory’ and the Tale of Mindless ...

43123123123While the US claims to have ‘won’ a number of battles against terrorists in Iraq and Syria, latest being the one in the city of Raqqa, these victories—almost all of them—have been achieved at a great human cost, leaving behind…

As Two US Clients Squabble in Iraq, Tehran Em...

34123123123Notwithstanding the overwhelming vote the Kurdish referendum for independence received, there is no gainsaying that regional circumstances were far from suitable for such an undertaking, let alone its materialization. Iraq has…

How Decertifying Iran Deal is Trump’s Stupide...

53432423423Although there is a long list of decisions where the US president Trump can be said to have acted rather whimsically, his decision to decertify the hard-earned Iran nuke deal certainly stands out as the stupidest decision he has…

Middle East: Prospects of New War Forges New ...

3ipj30Slowly but surely, momentum for new wars in the Middle East is being built. While the US-Iran nuke deal seems almost finished, awaiting only a formal pronouncement, it is not Iran and the US who will fight this war between…


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