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US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

Robert Burns WASHINGTON: It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. American and European analysts and current…

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Grading China’s Belt and Road

Daniel Kliman, ​Rush Doshi, Kristine Lee and Zack Cooper Since its launch in 2013, what China calls “One Belt, One Road” has emerged as the corner-stone of Beijing’s economic statecraft. Under the umbrella of the Belt and Road, Beijing seeks to promote a more connected world brought together by a web of Chinese-funded physical and…

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Preventing Catastrophe in Afghanistan

WAKIL KOHSAR This brief presents a summary of key historical events in Afghanistan since 1989 and outlines a possible worst-case scenario following a U.S. and allied withdrawal from the country. The United States, Afghanistan, and its allies must work together in search for greater Afghan self-reliance, security, and stability in order to avoid a catastrophic…

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Spirituality in age of terrorism

Ismail Bardhi It has now become imperative in political discourse to analyze the new meanings of the terms “terror” and “terrorism,” as well as their implications in international politics. To a certain extent (and according to the needs of the moment, i.e. the needs of the powerful), the old and traditional meaning of these terms…

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Violence against women and State Laws

Alveena Majeed With every passing day, news feed of Pakistan is accomplished with one, two or more violence based stories, being multiplied every coming year. Standing on the third worst position in terms of women protection, Pakistan is presenting a worst picture. Looking upon every next case whereby women suffer, it seems that we are…

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How things are changing in Saudi Arabia

Tariq A. Al Maeena Saudi Arabia, over the last decades, had adopted certain laws that had no basis in religion. These laws were primarily fuelled by the ultra-conservative clerics who sought to spread their extremely narrow interpretations of the Quran and Sharia as a law that all had to live by. Over the three last…

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For Palestinians two-state solution was dead long before Netanyahu win

Shafik Mandhai Analysts say the prospect of establishing an independent Palestinian state was consistently frustrated by Israel while the solution failed to address key grievances. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has won the country’s parliamentary election with his hard-right Likud-led bloc taking a majority of the Knesset’s 120 seats. The result means Netanyahu will start a record…

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After Christchurch: Implications for Australian Muslims

Osman Softic The massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand and the wounding of numerous others, including women and children, by the Australian born and bred terrorist and white supremacist Brandon Tarrant, shocked the entire world last month. Innocent worshipers were murdered in cold blood when they were most vulnerable and defenseless – when they…

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Afghanistan: Need for thinking beyond bumper stickers

Ronald E. Neumann Afghanistan has a war, a peace negotiation and a presidential election campaign ongoing while the United States signals that it may, or may not, reduce its military presence there. With such complexity, it is important to think beyond the simple phrases of “stay,” “can’t stay,” and “negotiate” that occupy public discussion. Certain…

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