• Timeline of US-Iran conflict: 1953 through Present0 January 7, 2020 In the interest of understanding recent events, we have quickly put together a partial timeline of US-Iran relations, beginning in 1953 through the present. This is a quick, somewhat cursory timeline, but we feel it’s important that a general outline become available as soon as possible. Many thousands of American families

  • US says it ‘terminated’ Soleimani to thwart attack on Americans; deploys troops1

    4 Jan 2020 WASHINGTON: Thousands more US troops were ordered to the Middle East on Friday (Jan 3) after the United States assassinated Iran’s military mastermind and Tehran promised “severe revenge.” President Donald Trump said top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was “terminated” when he was on the verge of attacking US diplomats but he insisted

  • Around the halls: Experts react to the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani0

    In a drone strike authorized by President Trump early Friday, Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed at Baghdad International Airport. Below, Brookings experts provide their brief analyses on this watershed moment for the Middle East — including what it means for U.S.-Iran

  • US killing of Soleimani revives worries for India0

    3 Jan 2020 Elizabeth Roche The strike that killed Soleimani, seen as an architect of Iran’s growing military influence in the West Asia, is expected to slow down India’s plans to develop the Chabahar port Analysts in India say Soleimani’s killing is Washington’s way of retaliating in the proxy battle being fought in Iraq and

  • US-Iran Conflict And Implications For US Policy0

    January 6, 2020 CRS By Kenneth Katzman, Kathleen J. McInnis and Clayton Thomas* Since May 2019, U.S.-Iran tensions have heightened significantly, especially since U.S. military forces killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps- Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and one of Iran’s most important military commanders, in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad

  • Iraq’s Vote to Kick Out U.S. Troops Reflects Growing Anti-Imperialist Movement0

    By Raed Jarrar, Truthout | January 5, 2020 | WAR & PEACE This morning, the Iraqi Parliament said it loudly and clearly: “The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.” Yes, all foreign forces,


  • Decoding the Rajapaksa-ticket0

    N Sathiya Moorthy e 12 August 2019 As expected, Mahinda Rajapaksa has named brother and his war-time Defence Secretary Gota Rajpaksa as his SLPP-JO’s presidential candidate. Equally predicted was his becoming the prime ministerial nominee of the combine. The latter announcement, more than the former, has the potential to rock the rival UNP of Prime Minister

  • Security Architecture In The Gulf: Troubled Prospects0

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (Wikimedia Commons) by James M. Dorsey 14 August 2019 Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an area that is

  • India: In search of lasting peace with China and Pakistan0

    The Prime focus of India’s foreign policy has always been to maintain good relationship with neighbours. The issues before our policy makers are to satisfy the national needs of peace, security and development and at the same time to face the challenges posed by our neighbours like Pakistan and China. Kashmir problem and border issues

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  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

  • Book review: The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones

      The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover,  320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as

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