Viktor Mikhin

Relations Between Three African States Reached a Breaking Point due to Water Disputes

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Ethiopia announced that it had completed the second phase of filling its controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) nearly two…

Ethiopia after its Parliamentary Elections that Failed to Resolve Anything

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In the midst of an extremely tense political situation, both inside Ethiopia and in terms of tension with its neighbors Sudan and Egypt over its controversial project to build the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, parliamentary elections were held in the country.  This was the sixth general election since the current regime came to power…

The Slow Decay of a Once-Great Empire?

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After twenty years of its occupation of Afghanistan, the US is walking away, or, to call things by their proper names, fleeing cowardly, frantically looking over their shoulder to avoid getting kicked again. Most likely, and this is quite obvious, the Taliban (banned in Russia) will return immediately to control essential areas of the country, smuggling weapons and drugs…

Ethiopia on the Brink of Civil War

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For a time, it seemed that with the return of its capital (Mekelle is the capital city of the Tigray region) by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the war in the northern region of Ethiopia was at an end. However, it soon became clear that the fighting was active on two levels: on the battlefield and in the humanitarian crisis. The November 2020 war between the Ethiopian…

The Baghdad Summit: A New Reality in the Middle East

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In the Middle East, against the backdrop of recent transformations at both the regional and international levels, and the shameful way the United States is fleeing Afghanistan, various alliances and partnerships are also being reshaped. One of the most important processes taking place in this context is the rapprochement between Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan. For example…

Yemen is Trapped as the US and Saudi Aggression Carried On

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The serious, or rather the deplorable, situation in Yemen – something that nobody knows how and when it is possible to change, and bring the country to a normal state of affairs – continues to profoundly disturb the entire world community. In this regard, the question arises: how did this country, located on the outskirts of the Arabian Peninsula, become plunged for many…

Iraq – Caught in the “Friendly” Embrace of the US Python

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Iraq’s leadership is faced with a huge challenge – the choice of proper solutions and decisions in relation to the presence of foreign, especially US, troops in the country, and it has, for too long, failed to make any progress on this issue. The real question is how this complex issue can be dealt with effectively while neighboring Iran continues to use its representatives to exert…

The Israeli Component of US Policies Towards Iran

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With the Vienna nuclear talks shakily making it to the sixth round, during which Israel was isolated from influencing Iran and is now unable to influence the negotiations, the cunning Israelis decided to try a new military trick to shake up the US and, as the Israeli media noted, “bring the Vienna talks in line with our interests.” During his recent trip to Washington, Israel’s military…

The Talks in Vienna: What is Going On Behind the Scenes?

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The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called on the US President, Joe Biden, to cancel the sanctions against Iran and on Tehran to reopen talks on the full implementation of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also presented his (incomplete) report on the implementation of the deal…

The Bloody Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

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Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated that she is “deeply concerned” about the ongoing violations, including executions, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, adding that the long-awaited investigation into the situation there will be ready in August. In her view all the parties to the conflict in the country’s northern region are guilty…

The Middle East: USA’s Provocative Actions

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On June 27, 2021, US warplanes carried out surprise air strikes targeting three locations of Iran-backed militia along the border between Iraq and Syria. In its Telegram channel, Sabereen News reported that four fighters were killed as a result of the attack on the headquarters of the 14th Brigade of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), more commonly referred…

A Change in Washington’s Approach to the Middle East?

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The generally reliable Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed but knowledgeable source, has reported that Joe Biden’s administration is considering “sharply reducing the number of US anti-missile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there”. Many politicians, both in the Persian Gulf region and in the US, responded by playing down…


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