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Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad is a former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.

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What do new changes in US officialdom mean?

On March 13, US President Donald Trump announced the removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, with CIA veteran Gina Haspel succeeding the latter as the agency’s head. Nine days later, Trump sacked National Security Adviser (NSA) H.R.

March 30, 2018

The opportunities and dangers of Iraq’s post-Daesh election

Iraq will in May elect members to its Council of Representatives, which will decide the future shape of a country that has endured war, occupation and external interference for nearly 40 years.

March 13, 2018

China and India should stop competing and work together

China is today the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity; in terms of market exchange rates it is expected to overtake the US by 2030.

March 03, 2018

Turkey complicates the Syrian imbroglio

Turkish armed forces, backed by their Syrian opposition allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are making slow progress in their month-long attempt to take the northern Syrian town of Afrin from the Kurds under the mis-named Operation Olive Branch.

February 17, 2018

Before our eyes, Libya descends into chaos

The day after two bomb blasts killed 40 people in Benghazi, Libya, last month, local military commander Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, already wanted for war crimes by the European Union, publicly executed 12 people in his custody.

February 03, 2018

Iran protests unlikely to trigger change

Popular agitation began in Iran in a low-key manner in the holy city of Mashhad on Dec. 28, when hundreds of people came out on to the streets shouting slogans such as “No to high prices” and “Death to Rouhani.” Within a few days, protests had spread to 20 towns and soon involved 50 others.

January 14, 2018

Challenges before the Sochi Congress

After seven years of civil conflict, Syria seems to be lurching toward an endgame in its bloody and convoluted carnage.

January 06, 2018

After Raqqa, Daesh will be more virulent

On Oct. 17, elements of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paraded through Raqqa’s Paradise Square, declaring the end of Daesh’s control of its “capital” in Syria. This followed the capture of Mosul, Daesh’s capital in Iraq, by Iraqi forces in June.

October 28, 2017

US oil diversifies Indian imports, but energy security remains anchored in Mideast

On Oct. 2, a cargo of 1.6 million barrels of US crude oil was received at Paradip port, the first import by India of American oil. The political importance of this was underscored by the presence at the port of senior Indian and US officials.

October 06, 2017