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US Designation of Revolutionary Guards Risks Escalation

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,139, April 12, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, and the Iranian response, has potentially put US military personnel in the region in harm’s way. The designation increases economic pressure on Iran because …

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Balochistan: A powder keg at a geopolitical crossroads

By: James Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped by anger, fea, and uncertainty. Local residents are hardly awaiting with …

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Pakistan investigates journalists for online campaign to ‘disrespect’ Saudi Crown Prince with Khashoggi pictures

Pakistani cyber crime detectives are investigating journalists for disrespecting the Saudi Crown Prince by displaying pictures of Jamal Khashoggi on their social media profiles to highlight his murder. The online gesture of solidarity during a recent state visit by one of Pakistan’s most generous benefactors prompted officials to order action against those …

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China and Saudi Arabia: The Global Ambitions of Mohammad bin Salman

Insights from James Dorsey. By Mercy A. Kuo Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is the 180th in “The Trans-Pacific …

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Pompeo, Netanyahu Vow to Roll Back Iranian Aggression

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are vowing to counter what they call Iran’s aggression in the Middle East. “We need to increase it, we need to expand it, and together the United States and Israel are working in close coordination to roll back …

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Turkey, Iran Commanders Agree to Continue Operations Against PKK

Iran earlier this week denied a Turkish announcement that the two countries were carrying out a joint operation against the PKK Turkish and Iranian military commanders agreed in a phone call to continue joint operations against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for “some time”, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said …

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U.S. says Iran missile programme destabilising Middle East

GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday that Iran’s missile programme is destabilising the Middle East and raising the risk of a “regional arms race” through the provision of such weapons to armed groups in Lebanon and Yemen. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Department of Defense exhibit …

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A gold-plated submachine gun and $20 billion: How Pakistan could get sucked into the Saudi-Iran rivalry

Saudi Arabia announced $20 billion in infrastructure and energy investments for the cash-strapped country of 200 million, which is currently on the brink of financial crisis.Many of the projects are located in Pakistan’s impoverished and restive Balochistan region, which lies along the 565-mile border with Saudi arch-rival Iran. Natasha Turak| @NatashaTurak …

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بھارت نے کشمیر سے متعلق او آئی سی کی قرار داد مسترد کر دی

نئی دہلی —  بھارت نے کشمیر سے متعلق اسلامی تعاون تنظیم، او آئی سی، کی اس قرارداد کو مسترد کر دیا ہے جس میں ”بھارتی دہشت گردی“ اور ”بڑے پیمانے پر لوگوں کے نابینا“ ہونے کا حوالہ دیا گیا ہے۔ اتوار کو بھارتی وزارت خارجہ نے او آئی سی کے …

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سعودی عرب کی پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری، ہدف کیا ہے؟

اسلام آباد —  سعودی عرب کے ولی عہد شہزادہ محمد بن سلمان رواں ہفتے کے آخر میں پاکستان کا دو روزہ سرکاری دورہ کریں گے، جو بطور ولی عہد ان کا اس ملک کا پہلا دورہ ہو گا۔ پاکستانی عہدیداروں کا کہنا ہے کہ سعودی ولی عہد کے اس دورے …

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