Valery Kulikov

Egypt and Israel are Contemplating Alternatives to the Suez Canal

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The now infamous blockage of the Suez Canal, along with the incident that nearly led to its repetition that occurred in early April, as well as a series of terrorist attacks committed by Israel against Iranian ships, has forced the international community to actively look for a possible alternative to this vital maritime transport artery. Against…

There’s No Disputing the Strategic Importance of the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

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The transport collapse that was triggered by the recent grounding of a giant container ship called Ever Given along with the strategies that can prevent such collapses from reoccurring remain hot topics in the media these days. About 12% of all trade passes through the Suez Canal…

Egypt and Turkey Aim at Balancing Things Out in the Mediterranean

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The change of the ruling elite in the White House has prompted many countries in the East, including Egypt and Turkey, to revise their foreign policies to better adapt to this new reality. After seven years of tensions, Ankara and Egypt are now sending signals that they are prepared to seek rapprochement. This is largely the result of a growing…

What are the Consequences of the Suez Crisis?

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For an entire week, the giant container ship Ever Given blocked one of the most important waterways in world trade between the East and West: the Suez Canal. This incident not only caused a serious disruption along the transport route, where about 400 ships backed up due to the accident, but also caused serious financial losses to many, which could amount to hundreds of…

China and Iran are Changing Rules of the Game

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During a meeting between Foreign Minister of PRC Wang Yi and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on March 27, the former said that China opposed the unilateral sanctions against Iran and firmly supported “Iran in opposing hegemony and safeguarding” its national sovereignty and dignity. According to the head of the executive department responsible…

The Suez Transport Collapse a Look into the World’s Fragility

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The March 23 traffic collapse in the Suez Canal due to the grounding of the giant container ship Ever Given has inadvertently become one of the hottest topics of discussion of late. It has brought additional world attention to our vulnerability and direct dependence on the state of current transportation routes in various parts of the world. The accident blocked…

The Problem of Refugees will Not Solve Itself on Its Own!

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Even though the number of migrants observed globally has been steadily increasing over the last couple decades, a report released by the United Nations in the middle of the last year showed that COVID-19 reduced their total number by two million. Generally, this phenomenon can be attributed to border closures and travel restrictions. As a result, experts reported a 27% drop from…

The Pandemic Could Lead to Extreme Poverty and Famine

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With the coronavirus pandemic derailing economic growth everywhere, there is growing concern worldwide about hunger and malnutrition and the catastrophic impoverishment of populations. The World Bank predicts that there will be 150 million more people living in extreme poverty by 2022. The proportion of the world’s population living on less than…

Biden has Just Crossed the Red Line

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In a recent interview that the sitting US president gave to the ABC channel, Joe Biden confirmed that he considers Russia’s president Vladimir Putin a “soulless killer”, adding a series of threats against Russia to those remarks. Such a statement, that was based purely on Russophobic misinformation, would do no honor to any politician. However, when such remarks…

Vaccination: the Thorny Path Toward Victory over COVID-19

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Who could have thought that the phrase “highly likely” uttered by the now all but forgotten former British Prime Minster Theresa May would lay the groundwork for a new kind of journalism where allegations and not facts are good enough to report on. Regrettably, even the major mainstream media journals these days consider this brand of journalism to be worthy…

Is Japan Declaring a Territorial Blitzkrieg?

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The spring escalation of the mental territorial syndrome in Japan has been particularly active this year. According to many observers, including Japanese observers, this can even turn into serious problems for this island state, both in its domestic political life and in relations with its neighbors due to its own obstructive position of the current official Tokyo…

Will Biden Tame the Arabian Racehorse?

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In his strategy to bridle recalcitrant states, the newly-minted US President Joe Biden decided to start with the demonstrative taming of one of the most active of “Arabian racehorses”: the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. It was he who recently began to display particular “agility” in radically changing the archaic, corrupt way of life…


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