Can Iraq be saved from Iran?

By Manish Rai / November 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

The recent takeover of Kirkuk by the Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi army clearly illustrates that Iran is calling shots in every important decision of Iraq. The Kirkuk operation and withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga without meaningful resistance to advancing Iraqi forces was planned by Iran’s Quds force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. To what extent the Iraq … Read more

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The Importance of History in Northeast Asia

By Robert E. McCoy / October 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Few problems in international relations have proven as intractable as convincing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program, embrace economic reform, and move toward reunification of the Korean Peninsula. However, looking at the dissimilar perspectives of the nations in Northeast Asia explains why progress has been so elusive. Playwright William Shakespeare observed in the early 1600s … Read more

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Can Russia claim ‘victory’ in the Middle East?

By Chiman Salih / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

The escalating Russian involvement in the Middle East in recent years has been characterised by the Kremlin’s signing of important bilateral defense and economic agreements with the region’s various conflicting parties – Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, among others. With this strategic activism, the inheritor of the former Soviet empire appears to have strong-armed its … Read more

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Kurdistan Will be a Success

By Manish Rai / August 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is all set to carry out a referendum on Kurdistan’s independence, thus closing a circle which was opened 56 years earlier in the “September revolution” against the Iraqi central government, headed by Abd al-Karim Qassim. The feeling of attaining full independent is getting stronger by each passing day in Kurdish … Read more

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Georgia after Montenegro’s NATO Accession

By Eduard Abrahamyan / August 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an important political message to Russia’s post-Soviet neighbours: NATO’s door remains open to new members no matter the security environment. This signal will likely propel many post-Soviet countries to revitalize their relationships with the Alliance. In particular, this will trigger the reinvigoration of discussions over … Read more

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The temptation of Trump in light of Moon: the U.S. leaving the Korean Peninsula to Seoul

By Robert E. McCoy / August 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

Washington has defense pact obligations as well as a deep moral responsibility to see that Seoul is ready for its own defense against Pyongyang before abrogating its duties. A number of Korea observers are now raising the subject of why North Korea is the problem of the U.S. On the surface, it seems to be … Read more

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KRG foreign minister: independent Kurdistan will not challenge the interests of its neighbours

By Manish Rai / August 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Editor’s note: Manish Rai, a columnist for the Middle East and Af-Pak region, spoke exclusively with Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s foreign minister on 9 August about the forthcoming historic Kurdish independence referendum on September 25. In the interview, Mr Mustafa reiterated that an independent Kurdistan will not seek to challenge or undermine … Read more

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Guam, North Korea, and the Powerful Hand of American Retaliation

By Francis Grice / August 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Kim Jong-Un faces a dilemma. He has been ramping up his bellicose anti-American rhetoric and threats of nuclear annihilation for some time now and backing down from this hostile stance without losing face domestically and internationally may be challenging. At the same time, however, Kim knows that fulfilling his threats by launching a major nuclear strike against … Read more

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The case for a phased U.S. withdrawal from South Korea

By Michael Brady / August 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

The United States should consider a phased withdrawal from South Korea. The Cold War has long ended and U.S. forces along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) are no longer necessary, despite continued missile and nuclear testing by North Korea. In 1948, the United States and Russia agreed to split the Korean Peninsula into two regions. After … Read more

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China and India: between silk and heavy metal

By Pepe Escobar / July 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

So once again it’s down to a face off in the Himalayas. Beijing builds a road in the disputed territory of Doklam (Indian terminology) or Donglang (Chinese terminology) in the tri-junction of Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan, and all hell breaks loose. Or does it? The Global Times blames it on an upsurge of Hindu nationalist … Read more

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