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Russia Challenges US Mid-East Role
December 15, 2010
Russia Challenges US Mid-East Role
Russia’s interest in boosting its role in Middle East peace efforts was clear at the Valdai conference. It’s losing faith in US efforts.
Russia Challenges US Mid-East Role
December 12, 2010
Time to Talk (Properly) to Iran
Iran is almost certain to go for a full enrichment programme. But the West should still talk to it, says Abdullah Baabood.
Time to Talk (Properly) to Iran
That Stubborn Euro-Asia Divide
December 07, 2010
That Stubborn Euro-Asia Divide
Kazakhstan misses a chance to use the first OSCE summit in a decade to bridge the security gap between Europe and Central Asia.
That Stubborn Euro-Asia Divide
Iran and the P5+1: Dual Track Clash
December 03, 2010
Iran and the P5+1: Dual Track Clash
With suspicion high on all sides, the latest round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme look doomed before they start. So why is anyone bothering?
Iran and the P5+1: Dual Track Clash
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Province
December 01, 2010
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Province
Nine years after the first post-Taliban UN talks on Afghanistan were concluded in Bonn, one border province is still left oddly isolated.
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Province
Violence in Tajikistan
November 30, 2010
Violence in Tajikistan
A wave of violence in Tajikistan is raising fears that the government is losing control of parts of the country. It’s a dangerous development in unstable Central Asia.
Violence in Tajikistan
November 26, 2010
The Missing Ayatollah
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants his son to succeed him. But does a trip reminiscent of Prophet Muhammad’s also reveal something about his health?
The Missing Ayatollah
The US and its ‘Friendly’ Dictator
November 14, 2010
The US and its ‘Friendly’ Dictator
Despite his country’s woeful human rights record, the US military still indulges Uzbekistan’s president. Don’t expect a change soon.
The US and its ‘Friendly’ Dictator
Why GOP Must Back Obama on Iran
November 12, 2010
Why GOP Must Back Obama on Iran
Stopping Iran from getting a nuclear bomb is a bi-partisan issue. It’s essential Republicans work with the Obama administration.
Why GOP Must Back Obama on Iran
Obama’s Hopeless Iran Strategy
November 04, 2010
Obama’s Hopeless Iran Strategy
The best way to ensure Iran doesn’t acquire a nuclear bomb is to make clear it does have a right to an enrichment programme.
Obama’s Hopeless Iran Strategy
General Petraeus’s October Surprise
November 01, 2010
General Petraeus’s October Surprise
The timing of Gen. Petraeus’s good news on Afghanistan is strangely convenient for Washington—and glosses over the reality of a likely civil war.
General Petraeus’s October Surprise
Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
October 20, 2010
Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
The US has long resisted talking to the Taliban. But as the July 2011 drawdown date approaches, it’s running out of options.
Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
October 14, 2010
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
Michael Scheuer takes The Diplomat just outside its regular beat for a closer look at Saudi Arabia. Still the biggest oil supplier to Asia’s largest economies, is the kingdom really as stable as its leaders like to make out?
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
October 13, 2010
Afghanistan’s ‘Royal’ Outcasts
The nomadic Kuchi are being driven from their lands, says Karlos Zurutuza. They’re second-class citizens in their own country.
Afghanistan’s ‘Royal’ Outcasts
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
October 06, 2010
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
US bases are becoming a magnet for terrorist attacks in places like Afghanistan. It’s time for a more flexible approach.
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
Iran Eyes Closer Pakistan Ties
October 04, 2010
Iran Eyes Closer Pakistan Ties
A $100 million donation to flood-stricken Pakistan underscores the strategic importance Iran sees in courting its neighbour.
Iran Eyes Closer Pakistan Ties
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