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Salman Rafi Sheikh

Salman Rafi Sheikh

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Odds remain against India in Afghanistan

Village elders meeting in Marja, in March 2010. Photo: The New York Times Despite India’s hurried participation in the recently started i...

How a Pak-China front is adding to India’s Kashmir woes

The fact that the UNSC does not recognize India’s claims is evident from the way it continues to maintain its direct presence in the “...

Pak-US ties remain under the shadow of ‘terrorism’

Pakistan and the US continue to cooperate in Afghanistan to bring about a political settlement and end the US’ longest war. But such cooperati...

China-US ‘de-coupling’ will shake Asia too

While this remains to be seen whether the US would actually ‘de-couple’ from China or not, a decision involving ‘de-coupling&rsquo...

Kabul should work for an all-inclusive political structure...

President Trump at Bagram Air Base in Kabul in November 2019 When Afghanistan’s ‘Loya Jirga’ arrived at a consensus on the re...

Indifference of other countries blocks US bid to create an...

US-China ‘tensions’ are undoubtedly at the centre of tectonic changes taking place at the global level. Whereas the US is actively seeki...

Pakistan’s ‘brotherly ties’ with Saudi Arabia are under ge...

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Mecca in June 2019  Geo-politics is an ever-chan...

A year after Kashmir’s annexation, India is far from stron...

Even a year after the Modi sarkar’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s Special Status and thereby annex it, the regional balance of power has not...

Strong case for regionalizing Pakistan’s foreign policy

With the US-China rivalry turning fast into a ‘New Cold War’ and the US openly calling for an anti-China coalition, there is no gainsaying...

Tied to US’ apron strings, India has had to give way to Ch...

A deep strategic partnership with Iran appears to work for Beijing at both the regional and the global strategic landscapes. The fact that the deal ha...

Iran has no interest in keeping the US tied down in Afghan...

The seemingly unending US-Iran tussle has spread to a number of areas---Syria, Iraq and Venezuela. In these places, their interests diverge fundamenta...

Afghanistan: The Taliban have reasons to rejoice

Recent ‘disclosures’ by the New York Times about alleged Russian involvement in the killing of US troops in Afghanistan have complicated t...

Modi’s tentative bid to “reset” China policy

Although the Narendra Modi government’s China policy is linked to the US’ Asia-Pacific strategy, which defines China as an ‘enemy st...

Sino-Indian clash stems from India’s becoming a US pawn in...

Indian soldiers At first glance, the India-China clash in Ladakh appears to be a typical border dispute leading to violence. But it has deep roo...

Why Pakistan does not want a total Taliban victory?

Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa holds a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on June 9, 2020 If it was...

India loses ground as Pakistan’s Gen. Bajwa visits Kabul

Chairman Afghan High Council Dr. Abdullah Abdullah receives Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa when the latter visited the Kabul on June...

Trump’s mock battle with China is meant to help win the co...

Whereas the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its devastating impact on economic and social life, US President Donald Trump appears to be u...

India has to change its anti-Taliban stance in its own int...

Jaishankar  and Khalilzad Zalmay Khalilzad’s recent visit to New Delhi has put the spotlight on India as a potential player in the on-...

Is the US ‘abandoning’ the Middle East?

The recent US decision to pull out its patriot missile defence batteries from Saudi Arabia has triggered speculation that this may well be the beginni...

Factors underlying Imran’s bid to modify 18th Amendment on...

Pakistan PM Imran Khan In Pakistan’s chequered history of constitutional changes from one type of political system to another and from one...

COVID-19 could generate mutual understanding in faction-ri...

Amidst an intense political struggle and political squabbling in Afghanistan, the spread of COVID-19 has turned out to be another ‘war’ ag...