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The Red Sea Clog

The Red Sea Clog

The geographical value of the Red Sea – for being the shortest sea lane that connects the Orient to Europe and the Americas – also made the region it lays in, a vital commodity for imperial contenders in the colonial era and a chessboard for political influence later in the Cold War era. Today apart […]

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Saudi Blockade on Yemen – A Catastrophe on Humanity

Saudi Blockade on Yemen – A Catastrophe on Humanity

Mohammad Iqbal Mir Saudi Arabia imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Yemen which is catastrophe on humanity. “It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the media in Nov 2017, after briefing the Security Council. Saudi Arabia has justified the blockade […]

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The Game of Thrones in Saudi Arabia – I

The Game of Thrones in Saudi Arabia – I

Al Saud family reins the political landscape of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi royal family is essentially an oligarchy that has crafted into an absolute monarchy, ruled by consensus. The family thus continues to dominate the political architecture of the country with no other existing center of power. Estimated princes of Al Saud dynasty ranges from […]

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The Qatar Crisis

The Qatar Crisis

July last year, US released its 9/11 Congressional report implicating US intelligence belief that Saudi officials may have had multiple contacts with some of the 9/11 hijackers. In response Saudi Foreign Minister Al-Juberi threatened Washington that his country would be forced to sell $750 billion in US Treasury Securities if the US passes a bill […]

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Qatar Crisis: What’s it all about?

Qatar Crisis: What’s it all about?

Six Arab countries led by the Saudi Arabia suspended the diplomatic relationship with Qatar and accused the energy-rich state of sponsoring “terrorism”. Some of the involved nations have already issued the travel bans with Qatar which has created an immediate crisis for the country. Most of these governments are not on the same page and […]

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Iran – Geopolitical Phantasm

Iran – Geopolitical Phantasm

With swift changes in geopolitics caused by the shuffling of ‘interests’ and opportunities, foreign policy has become more unpredictable and the ideological standings of nations is often blurred by the smudging effect of survival-ism in the global competitive market. In this context Iran’s foreign policy and its standing in the global front is particularly enigmatic […]