What’s behind Iran’s sudden realignment with Turkey? – Responsible Statecraft

Rather than herald the emergence of a new alliance in the region, the recent rapprochement between Iran and Turkey appears to be a marriage of convenience. — Read on responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/07/01/whats-behind-irans-sudden-realignment-with-turkey/

Rise and Fall of the Indus Valley Civilisation: a perspective

    The Indus Valley Civilisation lasted from the late fifth to the second millennium BC, developed a vast network of well planned settlements and engaged in long distance trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. The civilisation was referred to as Meluhha in Mesopotamian sources - a name which still exists in India for many fertile [...]

Eurasia Daily Monitor — Volume 17, Issue 30

*Moscow balks at Iranian interest in developing new east–west canal across North Caucasus *Azerbaijan, Italy boost economic, military, political ties *Ukrainian Security Service uncovers another bot farm operation supported by Russian intelligence — Read on mailchi.mp/jamestown.org/eurasia-daily-monitor-volume-17-issue-30

Sanctions, a failing economy and coronavirus may cause Iran to change its involvement in Syria

Iran’s emergence as a hot zone for the coronavirus further complicates that country’s relationships with its neighbours at a time when its economy is sliding deeper into recession. US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran by tightening economic sanctions coincides with a spreading health crisis that will test a hardline leadership. Iranian confidence [...]

Qassem Suleimani and How Nations Decide to Kill | The New Yorker

Since the Hague Convention of 1907, killing a foreign government official outside wartime has generally been barred by the Law of Armed Conflict. When the Trump Administration first announced the killing of Suleimani, officials declared that he had posed an “imminent” threat to Americans. — Read on http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/10/qassem-suleimani-and-how-nations-decide-to-kill

Asia Times | CIA mystery: Did Iran kill ‘Ayatollah Mike?’ | Article

A USAF Bombardier E11A intelligence gathering jet was cruising over Afghanistan on a secret mission, transporting two crewmen and allegedly, a mysterious chain-smoking CIA operative, Michael D’Andrea — also known as Dark Prince and Ayatollah Mike — when something bad happened over a remote, mountainous region. Media reports on Iranian State television showed a crumpled, [...]

Budget 2020: Rs100 crore allocated for Chabahar port development in Iran

Rs17,372 crore earmarked for the Indian foreign ministry in the Union budget.Defence budget increased to Rs4.71 lakh crore compared to Rs4.3 lakh crore in last year — Read on http://www.livemint.com/budget/news/budget-2020-rs100-crore-allocated-for-chabahar-port-development-in-iran-11580649324784.html

The Great Game: Afghanistan, British India and the Hundred Year War for India’s Northern Frontier

The Great Game refers to the hundred year geostrategic contest between Britain and Russia for control of Eurasia in the 19th century.  The arena for the Great Game was all the lands, kingdoms and nations between the two Empires. At the beginning of the Great Game the territories of British India and Tsarist Russia were [...]