Background In 2014 a small incident occurred between Qatar and GCC countries related to funding and supporting terrorist organizations in the Middle East but later the dispute was solved peacefully. The similar incident sparked again on May 23, 2017 when the fake news was aired on several UAE- and Saudi-owned networks attributing hack false statements to the emir of Qatar. This led to a series of serious...

Turkey’s parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatar, home to the country’s military base in the Middle East. Certain to stiffen Qatar’s resolve to resist Saudi and UAE-led pressure to force it to change policies, the Turkish move comes amid hints that the kingdom and its allies may seek to undermine the rule of Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al...

This Thursday the British electorate will cast their ballots to choose their government for the second time in three years, following Prime Minister’s controversial decision to hold snap elections that came this April. However unexpected it was, the 2017 general election may signify the watershed moment in the British politics that would redefine it for a generation to come. The reasoning Theresa May...

Despite all that’s been written and spoken about extreme repression and economic blight in Eritrea, surprisingly little has been publicized about its inscrutable leader, Isaias Afwerki, who has led the country with an iron fist since independence in 1991. Based on common knowledge among Eritreans in the country and other information that I have collected over the years from frequent contacts, I am...

The executive order named Immigration or Refugee Ban on “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” (also known as Muslim Ban), which was signed on January 27, 2017 by U.S. President Donald Trump caused a great condemnation around the world. According to this order people from seven predominantly Muslim-majority nationals and dual nationals, including Iran, Iraq,...

On May 14-15, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted the leaders of 28 states and representatives from many other countries at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Experts consider this event as an important milestone for China because Chinese investment projects in many countries are transforming from planning to development phase.  For several years now, security of main energy and trade routes...

Introduction Starting from the Second World War, regionalism defined as “willingness of neighboring countries to strengthen their economies by entering into some form of ‘regional integration'  is on the rise. In fact, establishing and being a part of some regional blocks has become a main feature of world politics.  This is largely because of a widely held belief that regional...

  The recent official visit of the new Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kazakhstan turned out to be "significant" by opening a new page not only in bilateral relations between the countries but also creating conditions for unfreezing the potential for regional interaction. The geopolitical and economic motives of the first strategic steps of the Uzbek president cannot be underestimated.  ...

In celebration of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (the SCO)’s 15th birthday, the organization finally decided to start the admission process for Pakistan and India  in June 2016. The “Memorandum of Obligations”, which consists of more than 30 sets of documents, has been officially signed by the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers, urging the accession process of the two...

On April 23, the French voters will cast their ballots in the first round of what might turn out to be the most unpredictable and fateful presidential elections in the history of the Fifth Republic. The failure of the François Hollande presidency combined with the sluggish economy and deepening woes over the issues of identity and security have polarized the society and made the contest much more...

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