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Salman Rafi Sheikh

Saudi Arabia: Chickens Come Home to Roost


In a recent statement issued by the Saudi authorities, it was claimed that the government has successfully apprehended some ISIL operatives who were planning to carry out certain attacks in the country. During last three weeks, at least two major attacks took place…

China: Demand for Resources and the Changing Contours of Foreign Policy


China’s foreign policy, especially towards the Middle East and Africa, is being shaped by its increasing requirements for Oil and other natural resources, leading to a situation that can be summarized as such…

China Gets Political in Afghanistan


In the last week of October 2014, soon after his election as the new President Ashraf Ghani travelled to China to convince China of the need for playing a big role in re-constructing the war-torn country. The tour was highly symbolic of Afghanistan’s efforts to…

Power and Vulnerability: Saudi Kingdom and its Troubles

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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