Middle East and Africa

The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon in the heartland of Syria are now one of its only business success stories. The...

Outsourcing Instability: How the Wagner Group Got a Foothold in Mali

Since 2021, rumors have swirled about “white soldiers” who have been setting fire to villages and gunning down suspected Islamic militants in Mali. In...

Does Iranian Uprising Necessarily Need a Leader?

The question about necessity of "leadership in the recent uprising in Iran" has been raised since the beginning of the widespread protests after death...

The Limits of Cutting Hair: How the West Fails Iranian Protestors

After the death of Mahsa Amini, Iran is witnessing (yet another) massive mobilization of citizens frustrated with their (so-called) Islamic government, reeling due to...

Future Investment Initiative Conference and Saudi Arabia’s Increasing Thrust on Soft Power

The 6th edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Conference 2022, also referred to as 'Davos of the Desert’ was held from Oct. 25-27,...

What Led to the Lebanon and Israel Maritime Border Deal?

Israel and Lebanon, two of the most bitter enemies, have finally reached an agreement over the location of their maritime border. The topic of...

What’s Driving the Iranian Revolts and What it Means for Kashmir

While the current global atmosphere seems quite bleak for American-style liberal democracy, the anti-Hijab movement in Iran is a surprising pushback out of the...

Revolution Upending: Iran, Protests and Its Transactional Gambit

The torture and subsequent killing of Mahsa Amini by Gasht-e-Ershad (moral police) in September 2022 has brought the concern of civil liberties in Iran...

The EU Needs to Stand up to Iran

Mahsa Amini was not a dissident nor a protester, just a 22-year-old girl on a day trip to Tehran with her brother. She was...

India-Iran Ties and the US Factor

Apart from the overall agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, held in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) from Sept. 15-16, 2022, journalists and strategic commentators...

Somalia’s Vigilante to Eradicate al-Shabaab

In a country that is never short of hot button issues, lately the Ma'wisley issue has been stirring the strongest emotions and widely broadening the...

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Economy First, Geopolitics Second: A Case for Future US-Bangladesh Engagement

The past year has witnessed vigorous engagement between Bangladesh...

Settler Culture and Politics of Mass Shootings in the US

On Jan. 21, 2023, all hell broke loose in...

The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon...

Climate Action: The US Is Doing Its Part, Others Should Step up Too

The view that the US has been hypocritical in...

Myanmar’s Opium Boom Matters — Here’s Why

The UN just released a new report on the...