Parsing “We don’t do body count”

For some time, people of the Global South have suspected their humanity does not register in the mind and hearts of the “civilized” Western world. However, recent events, including the West’s response to the pandemic, turned that suspicion into an established fact. Western leaders’ refusal to acknowledge civilian casualties resulting from wars they initiated, their Read more

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Behind the raft of OPEC+ production decisions riling the collective west lies a tight Russian-Saudi strategy and enhanced Russian-Iranian energy cooperation

by MK Bhadrakumar * A curious thing happened in Vienna on Sunday just as the 35th Ministerial Meeting of OPEC+ was about to start at its headquarters. Three princely western news organizations – Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal – were barred from entering the OPEC premises. When asked about it, pat came the Read more

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Algeria’s intractable neutrality in the context of global polarization

by Hossam Hamza Algeria’s constant insistence on embedding the principles of non-alignment and positive neutrality in its foreign policy expresses its realization of the intractability of understanding the pattern of its dealing with the dynamics of polarization at the level of the international system. It is intended to achieve the aspirations of the party making Read more

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The Outcome of the War in Ukraine: Clash between Definitions of Success

When you isolate the noise and posturing from the facts that are governing the course of the war in Ukraine, which, at this point, is more than a special military operation given the involvement of NATO (though Russian leaders do not think that that line was crossed), two positions have been clearly stated. The first Read more

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The unpublished security clauses of the Iran-Saudi deal and its implication on regional and global security

The public statement that announced the deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia contains only the contours of a detailed deal whose terms are guaranteed by China and whose terms will be revealed gradually in the next few weeks. One such details concern the long terms security agreement as well as the immediate action to be Read more

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Turkish elections: Can Erdogan maintain his grip on power?

by Mohamad Hasan Sweidan * As the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic approaches, Turkiye faces one of the most important elections in its history. Most importantly, the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, currently slated for May, could lead to major shifts in the country’s foreign policy. But the February earthquakes that devastated Read more

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Why would China put its prestige on the line by proposing a peace plan for the War in Ukraine that they know will be rejected by NATO?

Hours after China announced its proposal regarding the situation in Ukraine, NATO’s chief, Jens Stoltenberg, rejected it saying by invoking the lack of trust. “First of all, there is not much trust in China since they could not condemn Russia’s invasion. And they signed an agreement on unlimited friendship with Russia before the invasion.” The Read more

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