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...

Reanimating the Iran Nuclear Deal

The US-Iran negotiations are finally showing light at the end of the tunnel as a renewed nuclear deal is on cards. Yet the changing...

China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Progressively Deepening Bilateral Partnership

Located in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most natural resource rich nations holding massive untapped deposits of minerals...

The Driving Force Behind the Changing Role of Israel in the Middle East

The emergence of open and warm relations between Israel and a number of Gulf Arab countries have become a crucial new trend in the...

Can a Renewed Iran Nuclear Deal Solve Europe’s Energy Problems?

When one year ago I discussed the potential for a renewed Iran nuclear deal with Mr. Raffael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic...

Revival of the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Are Tehran and Washington Really Interested?

While in recent days, there has been talk with regard to revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)/Iran Nuclear Deal 2015, Goldman...

UAE’s Soft Power and Its Potential as a Cricketing Hub

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has managed to emerge as an important economic hub in recent years due to its visionary and determined leadership...

Disappear, Now Reappear: The Effects of a Renewed US Military Presence in Somalia

The announcement in May 2022 by the Biden administration on the revival of a US footprint in Somalia resulted in five hundred American forces...

Iran: The Huseyniyyun Brigade and Iran’s Latest Campaign Against Azerbaijan

Iran’s media outlets, clerics, and students from the theological and ideological center of Qom have recently staged protests outside the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran...

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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...