Salman Rafi Sheikh

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…

Is Erdogan’s Election Victory Bad News for th...

ERD34633421While still a NATO ally and its second biggest military force, Turkey’s recent foreign policy trajectory, with a significant shift away from the policy of integration with Europe towards a potential integration with Eurasia, has considerably weaned it away from the cold-war…

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…


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