U.S. - Pakistan relations : thawing, or..?

Observers were quick to call the current visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the U.S. a sign of "thaw" in bilateral relations. An additional reason for this optimism was the decision taken on the eve of the visit by the U.S. Congress to unfreeze a package of military and economic aid to Pakistan amounting to $ 1.6 billion.

Will the Maldives succeed in electing a president?

Сreates the risk that the country could be left without a legitimate authority : the authority of the current interim President Waheed, who came to power after a coup in February 2012, will expire on November 11, reminds Boris Volkhonsky, an expert of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies.

What is there to negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban ?

Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistan Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), said in an interview with the BBC that he is open to talks with the government, but until now no one has approached him with such a proposal. The leader of the rebels is clearly trying to be cunning. Immediately after his election to the post of prime minister in May this year, Nawaz Sharif said he was willing for unconditional talks with the Taliban.

APEC: America’s designs on the region

It is vital for New Delhi to maintain an independent foreign policy that would serve Indian interests, and not be dragged into Washington's plans to contain Beijing.

Washington and Moscow must revive the arms control process

Despite efforts to improve US-Russia relations, the two countries remain at loggerheads in a number of areas.