Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

The writer, an independent ‘IR’ researcher-cum- an international law analyst based in Pakistan, is member of European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on IR, Critical Peace & Conflict Studies, also a member of European Society of International Law (ESIL).

Trump’s Iran Policy: Everything Old is New Again

JohnBolton, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Trump hawkish turn away from the Obama-era balanced approach toward Iranian relations is reminiscent of George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

EU-Swiss Ties: Is Switzerland at a ‘Dead End’?

EuSwiss, cc Flickr Abhijeet Rane, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pressure is mounting on the old system of bilateral treaties cementing EU-Swiss relations, but there’s still no consensus over what will replace them.

EU-NATO Relations: Beyond Dependency?

Natoflags, cc Flickr Antonio C., modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Trump era brings uncertainty over the future of the Atlantic Alliance, but it also brings new opportunities for fruitful EU-NATO cooperation.

International Law vs. Institutional Disarray on Palestine & Kashmir

CC Michael Coghlan, Flickr, modifed, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Some of the world’s more intractable conflicts demand a legal rather than a political solution.

Navigating a Post-Merkel Germany

Merk, cc Flickr Αλέξης Τσίπρας Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Chancellor Merkel leaves behind a far more precarious political order than the one she inherited in 2005.

Russia-Ukraine Row: NATO’s Eastward Trajectory Is the Real Problem

UkraineSoldiers, cc Flickr 7th Army Training Command, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO’s eastward drift has put Kiev in an impossible position.

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