Geopolitics

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy?<p>As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from …

International Relations

Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power: Paul Street

<i>Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrating his re-election in Tehran on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Ebrahim Noroozi / AP Photo)</i><p>Why, a …

Middle East

Russia’s Outreach to Pakistan is Rattling India

Russia – that patronized India in 1971 war against Pakistan that left Pakistan lose its eastern wing (now Bangladesh) & Pakistan – the main character …

Pakistan

It’s the end of the beginning in the great Muslim civil war

WASHINGTON —<p>The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft …

Canadian News

Cooperation or Connectivity: How will the SCO function from now?

This is the first time the SCO has grown to include new nations since its establishment in 2001, and once the two countries are formally admitted the …

International Relations

How the US and Russia can avoid getting sucked into a war

In the last month, for the first time since the civil war in Syria began in 2011, the United States has directly attacked Syrian government forces or proxies — not just once, but at least four times. The urgent question now is less about Syria than Russia. In response to the latest of these …

Middle East

Limits of exclusivism

The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief …

Asia

How Europe could be the unexpected beneficiary of America’s fall from global grace

US president Donald Trump has promised to put America first. His protectionist stance on trade, his implicit threats to pull military protection from countries that do not contribute sufficiently to NATO, and his decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement on climate change are all designed …

International Relations

How Saudi Prince could bring Middle East tensions to the boiling point

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has made the rare move to replace Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef with his 31-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman. This …

Middle East

Can You Code American Values into Artificial Intelligence?

Next Steps in U.S.-Cuba Relations<p>Strengthening U.S. Cyber Defenses<p>Russia Sanctions: The New Normal<p>Corruption in China: The Party’s Over<p>Change in the …

U.S. Military

The SCO and CPEC

Pakistan has indisputably achieved a diplomatic feat with the acquisition of full-fledged membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) …

Pakistan

How America’s friends and enemies have adjusted to the age of Trump

As US allies wrestle with what to do next, China hopes to benefit from a world in flux<p>Several US presidents have proclaimed a new world order. Today …

Chrystia Freeland

How a rising China is reconstructing its history to show itself as peace-loving to calm neighbours

Facts show that imperial China was neither more violent nor more benevolent that others.<p>An oft-repeated exhortation in China is “use the past to …

China

Could the United States Have Really Won the Vietnam War?

Mark Moyar, the scholar of U.S. foreign and military policy, recently had the opportunity to update an older argument on the viability of the Vietnam …

International Relations

China, Rhetorical Giant on the Move?

When the 19th National Congress of the CCP is held this fall, the event will mark, among other things, the ten-year anniversary of the elevation of …

World News

China's Vision for the World: A Community of Shared Future

Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, with the aim of expanding China’s cooperation with neighboring countries …

International Relations

The Trump Tower Peace Theory

Why Donald Trump's real estate holdings abroad are so dangerous for Americans at home.<p>President Donald Trump ascended to office with an estimated …

Donald Trump

“We win, they lose” – Wonderful world of Binary categorisations

There was no ceasefire, no peace conference, no formal treaty and guaranties, no expression of interests and settlement. Only the gazing face …

Soviet Union

Tension between North Korea and the United States

In addition, the attacker was supposed to have had links with a Chinese company, namely Qingdao Nazca Trade Co.<p>It is also likely that the attempted …

North Korea

In shift to ‘realpolitik’, Macron drops French calls to oust Assad

President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor’s intransigent stance on the “Butcher of Damascus”.<p>France will drop its long-standing call for the Syrian strongman to go, because there …

Syria

As Syria’s war enters its endgame, the risk of a US-Russia conflict escalates

Competition between Washington and Moscow for a say in any peace deal is increasing the danger of a wider war starting by accident<p>Not for the first time there are dire warnings of a direct US-Russia confrontation in Syria that could escalate, in the worst case, into a third world war. What is going …

Syria

Is US Being Sucked Into New Mideast Quagmire?

<b>By Doug Bandow</b><p>It’s sadly evident that President Donald Trump doesn’t know much about other nations or international affairs. Still, during the …

International Relations

America and the Geopolitics of Upheaval

<b>“THE ESSENCE</b> of a revolution is that it appears to contemporaries as a series of more or less unrelated upheavals,” Henry Kissinger wrote in 1969. …

International Relations

Washington Might Feel the Chill of a More United European Defense

President Donald Trump may have succeeded beyond his wildest imagination in his Europe/NATO policies. He boasts he has made our European allies do …

International Relations

The Murky European Future

The elites who make laws and the public that must follow them do not agree on the future of the Continent.<p>The second decade of the 21st century has …

Brexit

All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran

(Photo: World Economic Forum)<p>The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was …

United States

Could the world's new superpower be on the verge of collapse?

Could China be witnessing the beginnings of its own end?<p>The vast majority of commentators say chances are slim. Most are as dismissive of …

China

Why The Best Solution For Syria Is Partition

In his recent book “Islamic Exceptionalism,” Shadi Hamid argues that the United States should encourage Muslim-majority countries to pursue democracy …

International Relations

Turkey and Qatar in the tangled geopolitics of the Middle East

FOLDED CORNER - ‘Turkey and Qatar in the Tangled Geopolitics of the Middle East’ by Birol Başkan (Palgrave, 147 pages, £38)

Middle East