Middle East

How China Aims to Navigate the Complex Middle East

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While China has already made its mark in the Middle East and is already outsmarting the US, the recently signed China-Iran pact is perhaps the biggest economic venture China has made in the Middle East so far. However, while China does have big ambitions with respects to its economic engagement with countries in West Asia, Middle East remains…

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…

Jordan: Trouble in the Kingdom?

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A number of Arab media outlets were quick to write that a “highly sophisticated conspiracy” aimed at destabilizing the rule of Jordanian King Abdullah II was most likely thwarted. International and regional concerns about developments in Jordan appeared to have ended after the royal reconciliation ended with the former crown prince swearing allegiance to the king…

How a US-led Un-Holly Alliance is Preventing Syria’s Normalisation

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If there is major stumbling block to Syrian unification and normalisation back to the pre-war years, it is the continuing presence of foreign forces inside Syria and the support they continue to provide to jihadi elements and militias that continue to seek to overthrow Assad’s government. Their presence, therefore, not only dovetails pretty closely…

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…

Iraq: Things are not Entirely Peaceful in Baghdad

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Last month, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi convened a conference that he said would give people hope in the “turbulent” political system that emerged following the 2003 US invasion and overthrow of former President Saddam Hussein. “We call on all political forces and parties to defend the interests of the country, avoid discussions of violence, and stop political defamation…

What kind of “Peace” are Britain’s Private Military Companies Bringing to the Middle East?

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The US government, with the UK hot on its heels, has long viewed the Middle East as a region where the presence of its army is indispensable not only because there are energy resources there, but due to the opportunity to control vast territories under the guise of “spreading democracy”. Therefore…

The Brutal Truth About the New World Order in the Middle East

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One thing is obvious as we enter the spring (northern hemisphere) of 2021. Israel with the help of Saudi Arabia and aided by a United States deemed too politically crippled to formulate a balanced foreign policy, plan to destroy Lebanon and Jordan, turning them into bases of power to stand against what they see as rising Iranian influence. The Biden administration did not choose…

US Occupation Force Commits New Crimes in Syria

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Ten years into the conflict, Syria is still struggling as the United States and its closest allies refuse to put an end to their illegal armed intervention. Under the pretext of fighting DAESH terrorists, as well as the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front (all three organizations are banned in the Russian Federation) they’ve been carrying out attacks against Syrian forces…

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…

Is the White House Regrouping its “Strike Force”?

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The Wall Street Journal reported on April 1 that President Joe Biden has instructed the Pentagon to begin withdrawing some US military assets from the Persian Gulf region as part of an effort by the White House to “reorient the US global military presence away from the Middle East.” The author expresses hope that this information, published on the “fool’s day” of April…

The Persian Gulf and Erdogan’s Agenda

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Judging by the reaction of the Arab media, the fuss about restoring cordial relations between Turkey and the Persian Gulf countries is gradually subsiding. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed “regret” that Saudi transport planes and six F-15 fighter jets were sent to Crete to participate in a joint exercise with the Greek Air Force. This comes days…


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