Salman Rafi Sheikh

The BRICS: An Emerging Challenge for the West?

The BRICS are said to have emerged as a major challenge to the so called global hegemony of the US and its satellites. It is a politico-economic union of five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa striving to come up with some sort of a formula which could help them co-ordinate their...

Afghan Taliban Resistance: Lesson Learned

Although it appears that the 12 year Afghan war will end in stalemate in 2014 with Afghan resistance groups poised to pounce as NATO troops are on the way out, the Taliban have taken considerable beating as well and have been compelled to alter its position dramatically. Not only have they...

The U.S. and the making of Nuclear World

The much heated debate in the western media on the ‘probable’ use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, and the US’ attempts to use this ‘use’ of weapons of mass destruction to legitimize an attack on Syria has left virtually minimum room for investigating as to how the world...

A look back at the latest Government Shutdown

It has been said that “conflict is endemic to budgeting.” Nothing else would prove this statement more accurately as the example of the latest  government shutdown in the U.S. Conflict between the US Congress, opposition and the US President over fiscal allocations…

The US’ “Asia Pivot” and Containment of China

The US’ “Asia Pivot” policy, announced in June 2012, has since been heralded as a ‘new’ cold war in a new disguise against a newly emerging strategic competitor—China. Some analysts have even gone to the extent of tracing seeds of a major armed conflict in the Far East between the US...

Qatar, Saudia and the US: A Coalition or Collision?

Change in the leadership of Qatar has been followed by certain significant geo-political changes not only in Qatar, but also in the Middle East and beyond, leading to a relationship of ‘near-confrontation’ between Qatar and Saudia on the one hand, and Qatar and the US on the other...

The United States and Neo-Imperialism: Facade and Reality

The misery of widespread destruction and devastation brought by the US military invasions, covert interventions, and the US-sponsored UNSC / EU sanctions against a handful of countries is continuing. On their...

China’s Geo-Political Penetration in Africa

In the twenty first century Africa rich with energy resources has become the center of geo-political competition of the major powers. For this reason that the relevance of Africa in the strategic planning of most countries has notably increased lately. Where the US and EU have long been...