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Understanding the Emerging Geopolitical and strategic significance of Qatar
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Understanding the Emerging Geopolitical and strategic significance of Qatar

Designation of Qatar as a major non-NATO ally by the United States has clearly paved the way for greater security co-operation and investments at a time when President Joe Biden is seeking help boosting the natural gas supplies in Europe. Qatar’s geostrategic location and its massive oil and natural gas reserves are the biggest strategic assets […]

Rise, Spread, and Fall of the Islamic State in Iraq
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Rise, Spread, and Fall of the Islamic State in Iraq

On December 10, the US announced that its combat mission in Iraq has ended, four years after it helped defeat the jihadist Islamic group there. The Islamic State emerged from the remnants of al Qaeda in Iraq, a local offshoot of al Qaeda founded by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in 2004. The group which had […]

Lebabon – Saudi Diplomatic Standoff
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Lebabon – Saudi Diplomatic Standoff

A televised remark by Lebanon’s Cabinet minister about the war in Yemen has taken the country’s crisis with Saudi Arabia to new depths. During a mock parliament streamed online, George Kordahi called the war in Yemen “absurd” and said the Iran-backed Houthi rebels have the right to defend themselves. The Saudi-led coalition which has been […]

Iran’s Nuclear Program – World Powers watch as Iran increases stockpile
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Iran’s Nuclear Program – World Powers watch as Iran increases stockpile

The  International Atomic Energy Agency says it believes that Iran has further increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium. The United Nations’ atomic watchdog says that increasing its nuclear stockpile is in breach of a 2015 accord with world powers. The IAEA quarterly report estimates that Iran has a stock of 17.7 kilograms of uranium […]

Schism in Saudi-Pak relations – Diverging interests and Opportunistic alliances
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Schism in Saudi-Pak relations – Diverging interests and Opportunistic alliances

Pakistan’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is under a heavy stress due a series of strategic blunders committed by Pakistan. The cultural ties have gone under severe strain due to the duplicity and radical tendencies the Pakistani Deep State and the ISI has developed. Pakistan is also having problems in terms of its religious clerics creating […]

Urgent need to tap both the community and the Indologists to better document the heritage and history of the Indian Jewish Community: EAM Dr Jaishankar
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Urgent need to tap both the community and the Indologists to better document the heritage and history of the Indian Jewish Community: EAM Dr Jaishankar

Addressing the Indian Jewish Community in Israel, External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar praised the community for being unique in several ways. He said the community existed peacefully in India for hundreds of years, maintaining its Jewish identity despite a long period of isolation from other Jewish communities. The EAM recalled the ancient ties between the […]

Iran’s new President – Was Ebrahim Raisi’s race to the top post predetermined?
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Iran’s new President – Was Ebrahim Raisi’s race to the top post predetermined?

On 18 June, Iran conducted its 13th Presidential elections with an all-time low voter turnout of 48.8 per cent. The election results were announced on 19 June, with Iran’s top cleric Ebrahim Raisi, termed ultraconservative, by the western media winning the polls with a landslide victory. Iran’s Guardian Council declared the final list of candidates […]

Iran providing Taliban with ‘advanced’ weapons? Afghan officials blame Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard for providing weapons to Taliban
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Iran providing Taliban with ‘advanced’ weapons? Afghan officials blame Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard for providing weapons to Taliban

The Iranian regime has been providing advanced weapons including night vision equipment, lethal bombs and heavy weaponry to the Taliban, as per a report in Pakistan Forward. Several military officials on condition of anonymity shared intelligence and security reports from last month that say members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been leading […]