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Long shadow of the Gulf crisis: Qatar emerges as key player in Gaza crisis

By James M. Dorsey Dug in for the long haul in its increasingly bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in efforts to prevent tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, …

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Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership …

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The Aaland Islands Model and Kashmir

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai There are some disputes in modern history that one might take lessons from in understanding the wisest course to take in resolving the Kashmiri dispute. The Aaland Islands is a case in point, as are South Tyrol, Trieste, Andorra, and Northern …

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Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

By James M. Dorsey With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch …

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Aaland Islands Model and Kashmir: Part two

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai The Aaland Islands had already petitioned the Russians to secede from Finland and join Sweden. The cry for independence in Finland set in motion Swedish aspirations to be among their own, to secede from Finland and join Sweden as they …

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Whither Wahhabism?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric …

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Pak-Turkish role in global politics

By Dr Ghayur Ayub This is the story of two Muslim states – Turkey and Pakistan. Both Sunni Muslims. Turkish follow spiritual Islam and Pakistanis traditionalist Islam. Also, Turkish people have free mindset as their ancestors ruled the world for centuries. Pakistanis have slave mentality …

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Kashmir – A smoldering paradise

By Mushtaq Ahmed Khan UN role  is very important to resolve the long standing issue of  in Kashmir. The Kashmir issue has four main actors at present, Pakistan, India, China and United Nations Organization (UNO). Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir is based on many principals. . …

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Battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?

By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in …

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Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

By James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim …

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