Salman Rafi Sheikh

Power and Vulnerability: Saudi Kingdom and its Troubles

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As it stands, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most ‘powerful’ states in the Gulf region. However,…

The Iran deal and the Western Geo-Politics

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The peace deal between the US led coalition and Iran has some critical geo-political benefits in its blossom that the…

The US-Israel Rift: “Best-friends” Falling Apart

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It was not so long ago when analysts spoke of an ‘enduring’ US-Israel alliance and its impact on the Middle…

Aggrandizement is what defines the US trained ‘Afghan Forces’

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As the US keeps pouring in billions of dollars to train Afghan forces----which, nevertheless, consist of those who have previously…

Israel in the Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East

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A cursory look at the geo-political developments taking place in the Middle East would draw our attention to one very…

The US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Regional Political Re-alignments

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Any probable nuclear deal between the United States of America and Iran is likely to result in giving a new…

Qatar wins a Geo-Political Jackpot

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After ‘suffering’ a period of relative isolation and inaction, Qatar seems to have ‘win’ the necessary US and Arab support…

The Iran-US Nuclear Deal: Latent Realities

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One of the most remarkable and defining characteristics of the international state system is the making and re-making of alliances…

Chinese ‘Assault’ on the Middle East

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Amidst the US led chaos in the Middle East, China continues to expand its geo-economic stretch, exporting a reasonable chunk…

Afghanistan: BSA Prolongs the Longest War in US history

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The people of Afghanistan as well as the observes of the US-Afghan war were not surprised to see Afghanistan’s newly…

The US Defense Budget: A Recipe of Protracted War and Conflict

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The US president Obama’s demand for a base defense budget of $534 billion in 2016, exceeding by $35 billion the…

China is deepening its foothold in Africa

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No country has so rapidly and so successfully penetrated in Africa in the last two decades or so as China…

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