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Voices for Kashmir: Getting Louder and Shriller

Iqbal Khan On conclusion of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit, China once again reaffirmed on October 09 that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history that needs to be properly and peacefully resolved in line with the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. A joint communique said that the…

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Who is Ethiopian premier Abiy Ahmed, winner of 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for Eritrea Accord?

Hana Saada Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been crowned the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation” with his neighbor, Eritrea, beating 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The prize was awarded on Friday for “his efforts for peace and international cooperation and for his decisive…

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Russia’s uneasy relationship with Europe

Tarik Oguzlu Russia’s relationship with Europe contains both a strong historical legacy dating back to the modernization efforts of the Czar Peter the Great and the institutional interactions between Russia and the European Union since the end of the Cold War era. Historically speaking three alternative narratives have shaped Russia’s relations with Europe, namely pro-Europeanism,…

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Western criticism of Turkey’s Syria operation is a joke

Tallha Abdulrazaq The West’s fetishisation of the YPG in northern Syria is ignorant and insulting to all Kurds – and that’s just one part of a broad narrative riddled with hypocrisy and an ignorance of history. Were it not for its effect on the lives, safety and security of real people, the Western pantomime over…

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Turkey to play active role in Iraqi oil swap

Omid Shokri Kalehsar Baghdad reported its highest oil production on record last August at 4.6 million barrels per day (bpd) from the country’s southern fields and exported a large portion of it. The first Iraqi-Turkish oil pipeline, built in 1976, has been ineffective in recent years in northern Iraq. Now the governments of Turkey and…

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Strategies for combating international terrorism in Central Asia

Shuaib Bahman After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has been cast as the site of a new “great game”. Central Asia has been largely influenced by international developments and the emergence of persistent sources of instability and tension in other parts of the world, including the Middle East and North Africa. Some…

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Afghan peace process: Beyond another controversial election

Iqbal Khan Afghanistan was one of the top agenda items during Imran-Trump summit. Soon after President Donald Trump’s abrupt walking away from the peace process, Pakistan had begun its diplomatic efforts to bring the dysfunctional Taliban-US peace talks back on track, fearing that an absence of negotiated settlement would trigger a new phase of civil…

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AI ripe for US-China cooperation

Robert A. Manning One of the key issues of the 21st century is whether artificial intelligence (AI) is a force for good or the ruin of humanity. With AI at the center of US-China tech rivalry, whether common ethical norms and standards can be adopted, or whether US-China zero-sum competition will lead to a race…

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Iraqi protest: Biggest challenge to Abdul-Mahdi government

Raed Hamid In the most recent demonstrations that took Iraqi streets by storm, protestors have for the first time raised demands for the overthrow of the current government. These demonstrations thus differ from previous protests in 2016 and 2018, which were organized by the Sadrist movement, under firebrand Shia cleric and politician Muqtada al-Sadr, as…

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