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Salman Rafi Sheikh

Salman Rafi Sheikh

29 Posts

Iran has no interest in keeping the US tied down in Afghan...

The seemingly unending US-Iran tussle has spread to a number of areas---Syria, Iraq and Venezuela. In these places, their interests diverge fundamenta...

Afghanistan: The Taliban have reasons to rejoice

Recent ‘disclosures’ by the New York Times about alleged Russian involvement in the killing of US troops in Afghanistan have complicated t...

Modi’s tentative bid to “reset” China policy

Although the Narendra Modi government’s China policy is linked to the US’ Asia-Pacific strategy, which defines China as an ‘enemy st...

Sino-Indian clash stems from India’s becoming a US pawn in...

Indian soldiers At first glance, the India-China clash in Ladakh appears to be a typical border dispute leading to violence. But it has deep roo...

Why Pakistan does not want a total Taliban victory?

Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa holds a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on June 9, 2020 If it was...

India loses ground as Pakistan’s Gen. Bajwa visits Kabul

Chairman Afghan High Council Dr. Abdullah Abdullah receives Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa when the latter visited the Kabul on June...

Trump’s mock battle with China is meant to help win the co...

Whereas the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its devastating impact on economic and social life, US President Donald Trump appears to be u...

India has to change its anti-Taliban stance in its own int...

Jaishankar  and Khalilzad Zalmay Khalilzad’s recent visit to New Delhi has put the spotlight on India as a potential player in the on-...

Is the US ‘abandoning’ the Middle East?

The recent US decision to pull out its patriot missile defence batteries from Saudi Arabia has triggered speculation that this may well be the beginni...

Factors underlying Imran’s bid to modify 18th Amendment on...

Pakistan PM Imran Khan In Pakistan’s chequered history of constitutional changes from one type of political system to another and from one...

COVID-19 could generate mutual understanding in faction-ri...

Amidst an intense political struggle and political squabbling in Afghanistan, the spread of COVID-19 has turned out to be another ‘war’ ag...

COVID-19: Strong case for giving greater role to State ins...

The spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan has put the country’s already weak and underdeveloped health system under a great amount of stress. While ev...

Afghan government’s tough stance puts the US-Taliban deal...

The US-Taliban ‘peace negotiations’ were long and hard, but the ‘intra-Afghan’ peace process that started after the US-Taliban...

War on COVID-19 will shift balance of power from US to Chi...

Historically, wars fought between empires or coalitions of countries, as in the First World War and Second World War, have changed the global balance...

With US support, the Taliban are en route to political leg...

The fact that the US continues to struggle to find a way out of Afghanistan through a negotiated political settlement among the various stakeholders i...

Ultimate gainers of Afghan power struggle will be US and T...

Whereas the US-Taliban ‘peace deal’ was supposed to be followed by an ‘intra-Afghan’ talks involving all Afghan stakeholders,...

Political dimensions of bid to create a separate “South Pu...

Even though the issue of dividing Pakistan’s most populous province, the Punjab, is not a new one, the fact that the incumbent government of Pak...

Is the Afghan “peace deal” crumbling?

Whereas the US-Taliban ‘truce deal’ is historic in many ways, the fact that real peace in Afghanistan remains hostage to complex power dyn...

India’s bid to isolate Pakistan fails

Trump hugging Modi It was exactly a year ago when an India-Pakistan military stand-off produced cross border strikes in which an Indian jet was d...

Issues that’ll arise after the US-Taliban deal

An US-Taliban shared “understanding” of peace is a prerequisite for any meaningful change to take place in Afghanistan.  Now that an...

Why will the Afghan war come to an end?

According to latest reports, the US and the Taliban have finalized a peace deal and the US President Donald Trump has conditionally approved it. Th...