US-Russia New Cold War in Wake of Terrorism

Americans have no clue regarding the new Cold War that is knocking at their doors

US-Russia New Cold War in Wake of Terrorism

There is little doubt that America has a whole lot of think tanks and strategic thinkers who have their eyes on each and every significant event that is happening anywhere in the world.

However despite the availability of the best possible information and analysis facilities, president Obama failed miserably in conducting and managing the New Cold War which has almost begun.

When Russia began bombarding targets in Syria, it was immediately clear that bombing the Islamic State was only a pretense. Russia was targeting the American trained rebels in order to quash all opposition to the regime of Bashar al Assad.

It was a time when the Americans could have confronted the Russians with all their military might. But they decided to abandon the Syrian rebels instead.

On the other hand, Russia further strengthened its position in the conflict by forming a coalition with Iran and Iraq. President Putin also warned Israel against any adventurism in Syria under the guise of fighting the Islamic State. Analysts all around the globe are unanimous in their declaration that Syria is the most spectacular foreign policy failure of America.

The utter confusion of the US administration can be understood by the fact that while it is conducting a war on Al Qaeda and its affiliate around the globe, it is helping them in Syria. Similarly, while the CIA is allegedly helped create the Islamic State, the US is busy conducting an aerial campaign against the group in Syria and Iraq.

And it is not only in the Middle East that the US has fallen miserably. The South Asia us no different either. In 2008, president Obama publicly criticized his predecessor’s policies in the region and declared that Pakistan and India should not only ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), they should also conduct thorough negotiations for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Contradicting his own words once again, president Obama declared on his visit to New Delhi in 2010, he would support India in its bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. He also said the restriction on several Indian defense companies will also be lifted. That is not all. The American president also promised to sell F-35 jets to India.

There is little doubt that America is supporting India in its bid to become a powerful regional player. This is because America needs India to act as a counter balance against China’s growing power.

This is evident by recent pact between the two countries that would allow US companies to sell civil nuclear technology to India. The pact was announced during Obama’s second visit to India in 2015.

Apparently no heed was paid to the fact that it will again start a devastating arms race between China, India and Pakistan. India is taking full advantage of American confusion regarding South Asia.

It is continuously destabilizing Pakistan and Afghanistan. That is not all, Indian agents are planning and executing terrorist attacks within inside the two countries besides hindering the peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Pakistan, on its part, is doing its best to ensure that peace prevails between itself and its western neighbor since a peaceful Afghanistan is necessary for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to flourish.

The CPEC is not only beneficial for Pakistan and China, the entire region will reap the rewards of this mega project once it is complete. Americans seem to have failed to comprehend that a peaceful Afghanistan is also beneficial for them.

Pakistan is situated at a very important geo-political location. It is in close proximity to the Central Asian states that are rich in oil. It is also very close to the Persian Gulf states. The CPEC trade route has the potential to connect the Central Asian states with the whole world.

Pakistan has also been cultivating amicable relations with the former superpower Russia. Pakistani leadership is fully aware of the geo-political scenarios that have emerged after the cold war, and it is ready to play a positive role in the Great Game that has begun.

American administration, on the other hand, has no clue about the changing dynamics of the world. President Obama has proved that he does not want to reverse the negative effects of the Bush era.

Rather, Obama’s short sightedness has only served to weaken the only superpower in the world. So much so that it does not seem to have the heart to wage a new Cold War with its former adversary.

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Sajjad Shaukat

Sajjad Shaukat

Born in Lahore (Pakistan), I got master degrees in English and Journalism including diploma in English Learning and Teaching from the University of Punjab. I am a freelance writer and wrote a number of articles on various topics of international affairs, published in Pakistan’s English newspapers. Besides, I also wrote a book, “US vs Islamic, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations”, published by Ms. Ferozsons Pvt. Lahore in 2005. In this book, I have evolved a thesis that the non-state actors like Islamic militants are checking the world dominance of the US. However, I have condemned the old theories which support role of force and power in international affairs. Taking the ongoing war on terror as a conflict between the privileged and unprivileged status quo, I have suggested reforming the unequal world order. And I have favoured global peace, based upon idealism--which is possible by reconciling realism with idealism. Moreover, it is essential to combat terrorism by resolving various issues like Palestine, Kashmir etc., and by acting upon an exit strategy from Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, my future assessments like failure of military paradigm by the state actors in coping with the non-state actors, increase in US cost of war, rise of more terrorism, plane plot in UK and present international financial crisis have proved true. So, central thesis of the book remains valid today.