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Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad is an author and former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. He holds the Ram Sathe Chair for International Studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

11 October 2019 12:09 AM

Turkish assault aggravates Middle East tensions

Piously titled “Operation Peace Spring,” Turkey’s assault on northeast Syria, which began on Wednesday, is aimed at clearing the border area

05 June 2019 03:17 PM

Competing interests create bizarre situation in Idlib

​Throughout the month of May, Idlib witnessed heavy fighting between Syrian government forces and rebel groups. The latter is made up of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which controls Idlib, and a wide variety of militant groups that have been brought together by Turkey into the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF).

09 May 2019 03:30 PM

Assad looks on as hectic diplomacy shapes Syria’s future

As the fighting has reduced across Syria, domestic and external players are jostling to maximize their advantages at the expense of their rivals.

30 March 2019 03:07 PM

Syria’s future far from certain despite ISIS' defeat

The month of March has seen a number of developments that will have a lasting impact on Syrian affairs.

16 March 2019 12:30 PM

Iraq hopes to give peace a chance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Iraq this week — his first visit as head of state to his country’s neighbor.

04 March 2019 03:23 PM

International players jockey for position as Daesh defeat nears

As the month that will see the conflict in Syria enters its eighth year began on Friday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of its “final assault” on the last ISIS enclave at Baghouz, on the Iraqi border.

12 January 2019 10:33 AM

US withdrawal would signal new phase in Syrian imbroglio

Three weeks on from the announcement by US President Donald Trump that he would be withdrawing the 2,000 US troops that are currently stationed in Syria, the decision continues to reverberate across the Middle East.

15 December 2018 01:30 PM

Afghan contentions derail peace prospects

On Dec. 6, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the US Department of State Zalmay Khalilzad began his third foray to pursue peace in a country that has experienced civil conflict and external assaults for 40 years.

10 December 2018 08:20 AM

Turkish opportunism in Idlib frustrating Astana partners

The heads of state of the three nations pursuing the Astana peace process — Russia, Turkey and Iran — held their 11th summit late last month. The meeting lasted just one day, with a joint statement being issued on Nov. 29 morning.

17 November 2018 09:00 AM

Will Al-Sistani step in to break Iraq’s political deadlock?

Iraq’s new Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi took the oath of office last month along with 14 ministers of a Cabinet that needs 22 members.

10 November 2018 12:18 PM

Palestinians remain deeply divided

Two important developments pertaining to the Palestinian national struggle have taken place in recent days.