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KSA, Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister Imran

By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime …

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Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

By James M. Dorsey Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republic’s foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and …

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Despite concerns, China sees a potential ally in Pakistan’s Imran

By James M. Dorsey Pakistani prime minister-in waiting Imran Khan’s ability to chart his own course as well as his relationship with the country’s powerful military is likely to be tested the moment he walks into his new office. Pakistan’s most fundamental problems loom large …

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Securing Xinjiang: China adds security component to Belt and Road initiative

By James M. Dorsey China appears to be shifting gears in its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative. Long projected as driven by economics and the benefit of infrastructure linkages, China appears to be increasingly adding a security component to the initiative against the backdrop …

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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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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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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and …

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Whither the Kurds?

By James M. Dorsey Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of the possible. All of …

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Battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed

By James M. Dorsey Conventional wisdom has it that China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran, particularly if major European companies feel that the risk of running afoul of US secondary sanctions is too high. In …

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کہانی انسانی تاریخ کو کیسے بدلتی ہے؟

یونانی بادشاہ الیگزینڈر یا سکندر کو دنیا ‘سکندر اعظم’ کہتی ہے، اس کی وجہ یہ ہے کہ اس نے بہت ہی کم عمر میں یورپ سے ایشیا تک اپنی سلطنت قائم کر لی تھی۔ محض 32 سال کی عمر میں مرنے سے پہلے سکندر نے …

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