Shashank Joshi

PhD Candidate at Harvard University and Research Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

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Iran nuclear talks: Washington is looking as much of an obstacle to a deal as Tehran

Although we don’t know all the details of what transpired in the last round of talks 10 days ago, we have a rough idea of the deal that was nearly done

Shashank Joshi: How serious is Syria's threat to use chemical weapons?

The regime seeks to deny the West a reason for intervening and to raise the costs of doing so

Shashank Joshi: Minorities are rightly fearful as Islamists step in to fill power vacuum

Syria's regime is rapidly unravelling. In the same week as a bombing that killed four of President Assad's top security chiefs, rebels have seized control of the Syria-Iraq border and turned Damascus into a war zone.

Shashank Joshi: Despite the horror, Houla massacre is not enough to force allied intervention

Western states are hunting for every reason not to intervene in Syria

Shashank Joshi: No straightforward way out of this political quagmire

Assad cannot comply with the UN demands without committing political suicide

Shashank Joshi: With the US relationship with Afghanistan in ruins, damage limitation is our best hope

The US-Afghan relationship is about to be battered by its fourth crisis in four months. American troops have this year inadvertently burned Korans, massacred Afghan villagers, and been filmed urinating on Taliban corpses. And now there are more shocking photos of troops cavorting with corpses. This is hardly the basis for trust and friendship.

Syria: Army loyalty is key to a conflict haunted by echo of the past

When Syrian tanks stormed Hama at dawn, they swept through like a haunting echo of the forces that destroyed the city in 1982. Bashar al-Assad has not yet penetrated Hama's centre, as his father did nearly 30 years ago, but his army's loyalty suggests that it has every chance.

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