The Trump administration has shown its allies once again—this time India’s Narendra Modi—that when push comes to shove, it backs away.
Syed Fazl-e-Haider is a contributing analyst at the South Asia desk of Wikistrat. He is a freelance columnist and author of many books including Economic Development of Balochistan.
Even if most of the world’s attention is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the signs of an Iran-U.S. conflagration grow stronger by the day.
Trump’s chaotic policies are leading to strategic recalculations in and around the oil-rich Persian Gulf. Israel may help defend Saudi Arabia. Russia and China could defend Iran.
Pakistan holds a strong hand in the Afghan war game—especially as Trump looks for ways to walk away from the table. But Trump and Imran Khan are not the only ones with a stake.
The Pentagon is worried about China building ports for its blue water navy in strategic locations. Gwadar on the Arabian Sea near the Strait of Hormuz is a prime example.