While interacting with my friend in Pakistan, I was introduced to the Seliger Youth Forum – a camping-cum-educational event, organized around the beautiful Lake Seliger in Russia, some five hours journey from Moscow.
With the initial outburst of the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt, and the fatal consequences in few states such as Libya, a wave of fear ran along the Middle Eastern and Central Asian states. The fear, initially of people’s reaction, turned in to extremist elements taking over the helm of state affairs.
The Soviet war, the Taliban regime, 9/11, and now the 2014 pull out. Yes, we are talking about Afghanistan, a country that has provided justification to the US geopolitics for interventions outside the US, and fed the world media for over three decades. Ironically though, Pakistan has played the facilitator all through─ hosted and trained Afghan mujahideen, and also sheltered over 3.5 million Afghan refugees for over two decades.
In May 2011, President Obama and his administration published a seemingly-attractive and ethical report of America’s strategy for Cyberspace, calling for tighter measures for cyber protection, security, freedom and openness.
It is now widely known that the Obama administration, with the help of its allies, is planning to launch an offensive against the Assad regime in Syria.
The 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) in Beijing presented a new dawn of opportunities not only for Pakistan, but also for other Asian observer states, specially India. President Zardari was also present at the summit representing Pakistan.
Pakistan is looking East, and is also pinning hopes on regional cooperation through blocs such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the SCO. The Bloc boasts support from two major regional powers in form of Russia and China.
Following the Soviet disintegration, a little over two decades ago, Central Asia has become one of the most important regions, not only for the Asian continent but also, for the global geo-politics.
For quite some time now, the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran has flooded the world media. The western media is contemplating an attack on Iran and advocating all kinds of reasons as why the Iranian intervention is imminent yet necessary.