Imran Malik

  • The Afghanistan-Pakistan Region (APR), a subset of the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR), is undergoing a colossal paradigm shift. Massive changes are afoot which will redefine the domestic politics of Afghanistan and transform the geopolitical contours of the SCAR-APR. The Afghan endgame is now ...

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  • Pakistan should draw the right lessons from the epoch-making geopolitical developments underway in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER). Unbridled ambitions to dominate the region and rampant ethno-sectarianism have caused unbridgeable divisions amongst the Muslim states of the GMER. The US-Israel ...

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  • A savage interplay of geopolitics, regional ambitions, clashing national interests and downright self-preservation of ruling monarchies continues to rip the Muslim World (as opposed to Ummah) apart. In a series of deep manoeuvres, the US-Israel Combine is purposefully rending the Gulf Arab States, ...

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  • The Ottoman-German Alliance’s defeat in WW1 and the consequent abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate caused the then Muslim Ummah to lose its centre of gravity, its cohesiveness and direction. The emergence of Israel in Palestine, consequent to the Balfour Declaration, further compounded its ...

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  • There is a very deep India centric geopolitical manoeuvre underway in the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR). Quite perceptibly, India is being rapidly isolated and confronted. The geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-economic implications of this exercise will define the future of this region at ...

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  • India’s futile and senseless efforts to weaken and subordinate Pakistan continue relentlessly. Its state-sponsored export of terrorism to Pakistan from Afghanistan and Iran persists. Its proteges, the various terrorist groups and their sleeper cells in Pakistan persevere as potent, latent ...

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  • A fascinating tussle for the mantle of global leadership is on. There is unmistakable evidence that the US’ unipolar moment is long gone by and that the re-birth of the multipolar world is all but imminent. The US appears adamant to forestall it. While the US’ sphere of influence is ...

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  • PM Modi has ended up steering his country into a strategic blind alley with nary a viable option in sight. He is facing multidimensional challenges. India’s economy is tanking and the coronavirus is relentless in its debilitating effects. The borders with China are hot and it has been ...

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  • President Trump laid out a vision for the Indo-Pacific during the APEC Summit in Hanoi in 2017. Accordingly, and in line with the US National Security Strategy and the National Defence Strategy documents, his Administration is translating what has been termed as a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific ...

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  • The US and China are engaged in an intriguing power struggle in Asia and the Indian & Pacific Ocean Regions (I&POR). It is generating an enormously complex geostrategic paradox which is drawing regional and non-regional countries into the deadly fray as well. This is looking increasingly ...

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  • The US’ successful engagement and subordination of India must rank amongst some of its most sublime diplomatic achievements. It originated in a profound diplomatic manoeuvre, with deep strategic connotations, in President Clinton’s second term when he “dehyphenated” US ...

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  • Tenuous Sino-US relations have been further aggravated by the devastating coronavirus pandemic. The two largest economies of the world, which were concluding trade deals in January 2020, are now predictably on a collision course. President Trump has blamed China squarely for the so-called ...

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  • The strategic environment in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K), the most sensitive nuclear flashpoint in the world, is now hurtling inevitably towards its critical mass. PM Modi’s Hindutva-crazed government has senselessly manoeuvred itself into a strategic cul de sac. Its options ...

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  • As the major powers of the world look inwards to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Indian PM Modi exploits this “historic opportunity” to further his Hindutva-driven agenda in the disputed territories of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). There is a very perceptible method ...

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  • The entire world is in the throes of COVID-19. All countries are fighting off the effects of this deadly virus as it spins its vicious web of incapacitation and death around the human race. Man’s haughtiness has clearly met its match; a single, invisible to the human eye virus has paralysed ...

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  • The imperfections of the Afghan Taliban-US peace deal portends severe geopolitical, geo-economic and geostrategic ramifications not only for Afghanistan, the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) but for the US too. In its present and known shape this deal does not inspire any confidence for a ...

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  • The US has finally moved to bring its disastrous Afghan Campaign to an end. It suffered from many basic flaws right from the outset; an inconsistent policy, a lack of a well-defined strategic direction, an ambiguous end state, persistent mission creep, baffling troop withdrawals and surges and ...

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  • Pakistan apparently lies in the path of this creeping Armageddon as, when and if it creeps East of Iran. Whether it engages Pakistan or not will largely be a function of Iran’s resilience, Israel’s degree of perceived insecurity, Pakistan’s very significant ...

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  • Israel’s maintenance as the strongest military (and sole nuclear) power of the Greater Middle East Region-North Africa (GMER-NA) and its unqualified security have been inviolable paradigms of US’ foreign policy. The US’ seamless appeasement of Israel has continued unabated, too. ...

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  • The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate in the wake of the First World War left a searing vacuum in the Muslim World-Ummah. It was fragmented by the destruction of its centre of gravity, the Caliphate. The inspiration to re-create a unifying centre of power was provided in 1969 by a ...

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  • Kashmir, the most underrated of all global crises, is fast becoming the hub of conflicting geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-economic interests of global powers as they manoeuvre to gain advantageous positions in Asia. The national interests of three nuclear powers clash directly here making it ...

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  • India and Israel make for very strange bedfellows. They are asymmetrical in absolute terms and have no common geopolitical or geostrategic aspirations. Their shared factor comes through a quirk of history and similar radical, supremist, expansionist ideologies. Furthermore, both have illegally ...

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  • Kashmir, Ayodhya and Kartarpur will impact Indo-Pak subcontinent’s social-religious-political milieus and bilateral relations between India and Pakistan in emphatic albeit contrasting ways. The colossal paradigm shifts and the ominous precedents being set will henceforth define and determine ...

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  • The world is gradually but surely transitioning to an increasingly multipolar mode. The spheres of influence of global powers are evolving rather meaningfully. The US is a power in retreat, as evidenced by its withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. That will leave it without a footprint in mainland ...

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  • The Union of India’s ostensible Centre of Gravity (COG), its Unity, is under direct threat by multiple forces; the two most critical ones being the brazen imposition of the divisive, fascist, supremacist and racist Hindutva ideology by the present Modi Government and the plethora of ...

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  • India’s annexation of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) region has been explicitly exposed by Pakistan in all its illegitimacy, injustice and inhumanity. It has sensitized the international community to the atrocious violations of international law and Human Rights there. It has ...

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  • The operational environment in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) is pregnant with multifarious possibilities although ominously subdued at the moment. Is it the proverbial lull before the storm? Are the Indian Occupation Forces in a strategic pause waiting for the winters and snows to ...

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  • Serious introspection is warranted by the Muslim Ummah as its inherent weaknesses and the complexities of Realpolitik have literally rendered it irrelevant to issues of geopolitical import, like Palestine and Kashmir. Islam, its only unifying factor, is fast becoming superfluous to the self-serving ...

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  • The South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) is again hogging headlines all over the world. Two events of great geopolitical and geostrategic significance, seemingly unrelated yet connected, are taking place simultaneously; on the western and eastern flanks of Pakistan. While one war is on the threshold ...

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  •  Is Nazism revisiting the planet? Is its revival taking shape in a Hindu av­atar in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) now? Can the world not read the writing on the Kashmiri wall or is it cal­lously blinded by its obtuse, self-serving geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-eco­nomic interests ...

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