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Qatar: Role of small states in international relations

By James M. Dorsey A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbours is a case study of the place of small states in international relations that is unfolding as a Saudi-UAE-led alliance prepares to tighten the noose around the Gulf state’s …

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Gulf crisis set to escalate

By James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al …

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Is US Ditched Pakistan – Again?

By U.K. Dar History teaches us a lesson that the USA always ditched Pakistan. They have done it again. To appease Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi, USA has designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Mr. Syed Salah-ud-Din, the freedom fighter for Kashmiri people, a Specially Designated Global …

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Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

By James M. Dorsey International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their insistence that sports and politics …

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Gulf Crisis- Way Forward for Pakistan

By U.K. Dar Pakistan had always enjoyed cordial relations with countries in the Gulf. Pakistan had helped the brotherly countries in developing their defense capabilities. But the Gulf countries have not shown any favors to Pakistan when compared with India. Pakistan always expected that Gulf …

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The rise of Mohammed bin Salman: A mixed blessing?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi King Salman’s appointment of his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince at the expense of his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, could prove to be a mixed blessing for a kingdom in transition that faces significant international challenges of its …

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Gulf Crisis: Grappling for a face saving solution

By James M. Dorsey A two-week old conflict in the Gulf goes to the core of key issues in international relations that hamper the fight against political violence and govern diplomatic relations: the absence of an agreed definition of terrorism that allows autocrats to abuse …

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Kashmir – A Hell in Heaven

By U.K. Dar Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast. (If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this) The above couplet was written for Kashmir. It’s true, Kashmir was really beautiful; scenically …

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Gulf crisis: A battle for Middle East and Muslim world future

By James M. Dorsey A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a struggle to establish a Saudi-dominated regional order in the Middle East and North Africa that suppresses any challenge to the …

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SCO and Kashmir issue

By U.K. Dar India and Pakistan have been dagger drawn since their inception in 1947 with core issue being accession of Kashmir state to either country. India’s claim on Kashmir has been illegal and against the accepted principles of partition. The main reason of partition …

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