Water Security and the Long Standing Kashmir Dispute

June 22, 2017 Masum Billah 0

India and Pakistan’s concerns over  water security is hardening their long-standing dispute in Kashmir. With rising temperatures around the globe, and quickly declining surface water levels in South Asia due to wide-spread irrigation, the rivers of Kashmir that provide water and energy to both India and Pakistan are likely  to remain major issues of contention. […]

Turkey’s Growing Clout in Qatar

June 12, 2017 Masum Billah 0

Erdogan is now paying back Qatar for all its generous support during last year’s failed coup in Turkey, while at the same time , advancing Turkey’s long standing dream of getting back the influence it once had in the Ottoman periphery. […]

Chinese Balkan Policy – Is it Purely Economics?

February 3, 2017 Ljubinko Zivkovic 0

Trying to decipher China’s core views towards the outside world is still quite a guessing game. It may well be a game of educated guesses based on careful analyses of previous moves, facts and other elements, but unlike many other nations, there are no leaks, insiders, or barely any work of independent journalism coming from China that enables reliable read of China’s inner thoughts about the outside world. […]

Persona non grata

January 4, 2017 Thomas Armbruster 0

Being declared “persona non grata” is the diplomatic equivalent of being shown the “red card” in soccer. It’s game over. However, in some situations, it can also be a badge of honor. […]

Let’s Decentralize Washington, DC

December 16, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

Washington, DC was chosen as our nation’s capitol because it was the geographic center of the United States in 1790. Since then, the geographic center has moved to Lebanon, Kansas for the contiguous 48 states and there are many cultural, economic and educational “centers of gravity.” […]

Taiwan Calling

December 7, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

Somebody in the State Department turned purple when Donald Trump exchanged pleasantries with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The U.S. has recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan since 1979, and respects a One China policy following the United Nations determination in 1971 that the PRC should sit in the China seat in New York. […]

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