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  The sensational rise of IS, also known as Islamic State has caused global panic. It has also dramatically altered geopolitics, producing strange bedfellows. Putting aside their hostilities, the US and Iran now stand on the same side of the divide joining efforts to beat back the IS juggernaut. 
 

Just before former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, on Saturday, made his stunning criticism of the west that, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it had engaged in “triumphalism”, I was in Moscow. Everyone I talked to said the west had set out to humiliate Russia (not to help rebuild it as it did in Germany after the Second World War).

 

With the Arab world plunged into an orgy of mindless violence, the hopeful Arab Spring of what looks like only yesterday, is now a distant memory. That inspirational people’s revolution, which brought down tyrants and dictators like Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, has turned into a nightmare. 

 

Gasoline prices are falling across the globe. While consumers are happy, some others, particularly finance ministers and central bankers, are keeping a nervous eye on the sputtering world economic engine. 

 
The U.S. wants countries like Iraq and Syria to remain unified failing which it fears complicated new realities will emerge. But those complications are already here  
 

Apec is the largest, highest-ranking and most influential economic cooperation mechanism in the Asia-Pacific region. It is of great strategic significance in the world with 21 members, 40 per cent of the world’s population, 57 per cent of the total world economy and 46 per cent of the total global trade. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the theme of 2014 Apec is “Shaping the future through Asia-Pacific partnership”.

 

It has now been three years since Muammar Gaddafi was assassinated at the climax of a NATO-supported rebel insurgency. It is an apt time to trace the change in the situation of the Middle East since then. Back then, the assassination of the Libyan leader was welcomed as an act worth celebrating by the NATO-Saudi-Qatari nexus. 

 

A group of Central Asian militants from the predominantly Uzbek faction Katibat al-Imam Bukhari have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi writes Dr. Anurag Tripati

 
President Obama will now have to face two sets of constraints as he runs his time out in the White House. First, Republicans will seek to leave their imprint in policies and appointments writes Dr.  Sridhar Krishnaswami  
 


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