Author: Jonathan Ford

Turkmenistan And Uzbekistan Strengthen Bilateral Relations

A series of successful meetings between the presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, have been hailed as a landmark event. Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev went to Turkmenistan on official state invitation over several days from March 6th. The event was his first foreign diplomatic trip after being sworn in late last

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A Divided Island: Cyprus A Step Closer To Reunification

Peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides indicate that the 40-year conflict is drawing closer to an end. Geneva is the backdrop for the negotiations, reports The Guardian. The Swiss diplomatic hub is “psychologically less charged” than Cyprus, ideal for navigating land swaps and the dilemmas of an ethnic divide that has, for a

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The Nagorno-Karabakh Dilemma

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been raging for nearly 23 years, and there is hardly a glimmer of hope for straight-forward resolution. At the 23rd Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which took place in Hamburg on the 8-9th December this year, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov,

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Sufi Muslims Targeted By ISIS In Balochistan Shrine Bombing

An attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan has taken 52 lives and injured at least 100 more. ISIL soon claimed responsibility for the attack which was carried out against devotees during a significant time of the Sufi year. The remoteness of the shrine’s location in Pakistan’s Balochistan region made

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Diversionary Tactics: Twin Suicide Attacks In Iraq Kill 21

  On Sunday, November 6, two bombs detonated in the Iraqi cities of Samarra and Tikrit. The attacks killed 21 people and were claimed to have been carried out by Islamic State militants. It is believed that the attacks were planned jointly as the assailants used ambulances filled with explosives

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Aleppo Crisis: Clashes Intensify As Ceasefire Ends

  Since September 22, when Syria’s government announced an offensive to reclaim eastern Aleppo from anti-government rebels, up to 500 people have been killed by bombardment and a further 82 people caught by gunfire in ground clashes. 2,000 people have since been wounded and hospitals are under high pressure. On Tuesday,

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A Kurdish Nation State? It Might Still Be A While

With an estimated population of 35 million, Kurdish people remain the world’s largest ethnic group without a set of recognized boundaries inside which to call home. Since the European-influenced division of the Middle East after World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which neglected to set aside

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