Rupert Stone is an Istanbul-based freelance journalist working on South Asia and the Middle East.
The reported deal between the two countries has been overstated, and its motives misunderstood.
Reports that the Russians put out hits on US personnel in Afghanistan should be treated with caution.
Iran has limited influence over the Taliban and little to gain from prolonging the war.
China's increased power and influence has primarily come through economic means, but the rising power might be forced to change its approach.
Beijing is often accused of using loans to entrap economically vulnerable countries, but on closer inspection, it doesn't come across as a predatory lender.
Pakistani officials and Kashmiris have slammed the notion that an 'Israel Model' be applied in Kashmir saying it only confirms the true nature of India's recent actions in Kashmir.
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, speaks out about allies abandoning Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, accusations of sponsoring terrorism and the terrible lows of Pak-US relations.
Global experts assess the progress and prospects of China’s ‘New Silk Road'.
Chinese premier Xi Jinping visited Nepal recently, where China’s influence has grown rapidly, prompting Washington to push back – but is it ‘too little, too late’?
The former Israeli prime minister believes that a government without Benjamin Netanyahu will be less provocative and an ‘improvement’ for Palestinian-Israeli relations. He also thinks leaving the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake.
The Saudi-Iran feud risks spilling over into Afghanistan as both countries push for greater influence with competing groups in the war-torn country.
China's first engaged the Taliban to protect its interests in Afghanistan in the 90s. Decades later, history repeats itself.
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