My latest piece examines growing tensions in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
I’m quoted in this story about Pakistan’s tensions with Saudi Arabia over Kashmir in TRT World today:
““It’s certainly possible that Pakistan will participate in a meeting about Kashmir outside of the OIC framework,” says Rupert Stone, a Middle East analyst, adding that a forum of Muslim leaders that met in Malaysia last year can be an option…The Kuala Lumpur summit seemingly pressured the OIC into taking a more proactive stance on Kashmir, showing it is a useful mechanism for raising the issue,” says Stone.”
The investment and security deal currently being negotiated between Beijing and Tehran has provoked fears in the Indian media that China is trying to drive India out of Iran. But, in this essay for The National Interest, I argue that India’s Iranian investments are failing due to US sanctions, not Chinese expansionism.
The US and Iran have been holding quiet talks. That is good news for Afghanistan, I explain here.
My new essay for the Royal Society of Asian Affairs considers the impact of coronavirus on Afghanistan.
I have some thoughts here regarding the likely impact of low energy prices on Pakistan.
In this piece (my first for the Royal Society of Asian Affairs), I provide a general overview of Pakistan’s struggle with the coronavirus.
US officials have repeatedly accused China of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’, swamping poor countries with so much debt that they have to surrender control of strategic assets. But there are almost no real-world examples of this phenomenon, I show in my latest essay.
In my latest story, Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey and others respond to recent comments by the Indian consul-general in New York, who suggested recently that India should build settlements in Kashmir like those constructed by Israel in the Palestinian territories.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, on the sidelines of a recent conference on Kashmir in Ankara. Read the article here.