Pakistan

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

March 13, 2019

By James M. Dorsey   A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its…

Role Reversal in India-Pakistan Conflict

Role Reversal in India-Pakistan Conflict

March 1, 2019

Whenever there is a clash between India and Pakistan, media and pundits present India as the good guys. In this case, at least, India is the aggressor and Pakistan is seeking dialogue, says Lahore Professor Junaid Ahmad

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

February 20, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Heightened tension in Kashmir and evidence of a Chinese military presence on the Tajik and Afghan side of their border with China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang are putting on display contradictions…

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Geopolitics, the black swan in Saudi-Indian relations

February 18, 2019

By James M Dorsey / Firstpost. When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, the elephant in the room is likely to be what weighs more: the issues the two men agree on or the ones that divide them. As a matter of principle, Prince Mohammed and Modi are…

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

February 14, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr This week’s suicide attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, the second in two months, could not have come at a more awkward moment for Pakistani prime…

Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict

Pakistan’s New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict

December 2, 2018

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims. Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi’s 2019 election could derail the efforts

Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place

November 24, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to renegotiate China’s massive, controversial Belt and Road investments as well…

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

November 10, 2018

As the Afghan government suffers more losses on the ground, a landmark peace conference hosted by Russia could mark a shift in the 17-year war. The Taliban is there in its highest level diplomatic engagement in years. We speak to author and historian Vijay Prashad

Pakistan and its Militants: Who is Mainstreaming Whom?

October 23, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / RSIS. Abstract Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for organisations that have been banned as terrorists by Pakistan and/or the United Nations and…

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

October 7, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in…