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Jordan - Staunch Western Ally – Angry and Confused

IORD43453452Where precisely, is Jordan now? Is it with the West, or with the Arab world? How independent is it, really, and what future lies ahead? Recently, in the middle of the capital city – Amman – several sleek 5-star hotel towers grew towards the sky, including the trendy “W” and…

Washington Can't Get Enough of its Newly Rediscovered Gunboat Diplomacy

TRPN57453243242The steps that the Trump administration has been making so far all point out that the White House is reluctant to address international challenges through cooperation with other major geopolitical players, even though cooperation would seem to be the only viable option in…

Corporal Punishment and the American Identity

USAM4653423Around the world, Americans have the reputation of being soft with their children. There are internet memes and jokes around the world mocking American children, presenting them as whiny, first-world brats whose parents and teachers never say…

The Empire Reads History or Rationalizing the End of Empire

BRIN55623423When the Brookings Institute acknowledges it, you know it’s official: the ‘great’ American Century is over. However, there are attenuating circumstances, which are explained in an article titled Trump and the Crumbling of the US-led World Order. According to a discussion among…

The Persian Gulf: What Lies Beneath One Particular Event

1133The online news publication The Intercept referred to their sources in diplomatic circles in its reports that Arabic countries lobbied to have Rex Tillerson removed from his post as the US Secretary of State because they were not happy with his work. According to information leaked…

The Hunt for the Deadly “White Helmets”

TXT64562342Refugees are beginning to return to Syria as the Damascus government clears out the last of the terrorists from all but Idlib Province. There, al Qaeda and the White Helmets are still active, holding a civilian population in terror, rounding up political prisoners, executing…

MESA: an Alliance or a Gold Mine for America to Dig?

USMESA63454353It is not just a coincidence that a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is being rolled out as an ‘Arab NATO’ at a time when the US is also deliberately picking up a fight with Iran. Of course, alliances like MESA would not be required unless there is an enemy to be countered through…

Jordan: The Middle East's Silent Enemy

JR54534231If you say the words “Middle East”, you evoke a familiar set of images in a listener’s head. Violence, conflict, general poverty alongside significant oil wealth, arms, terrorism, corruption – an unstable mess where the next load of misery is just waiting to fall on you. This creates…

Washington Has Lured EU into Anti-China Trade Front

MER6562342342While many in the EU breathed a sign of relief at the apparent success of the recent Washington trade tariff talks between EU Commission President Juncker and the Trump Administration, in reality it looks more as if Washington has skillfully maneuvered the EU, especially Germany…

Lapis Lazuli Corridor Leads Afghanistan Towards Eurasian Integration

15111605415908434997_1000x669One of the most crucial goals that leading Eurasian nations are striving for is economic and transport integration in their continent. Schemes such as One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU or EAEU)…

The Latest US Sanctions Point to a Declining World Superpower

9167On Monday 6th of August the United States imposed a fresh set of sanctions on Iran. These are intended as a prelude to even stronger sanctions to take effect in November. The clearly stated intention is to break the Iranian governments will to resist American demands, and to cause…


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