Middle East

Has Washington Lured Erdogan into a Bear Trap?

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After failing to block Turkey’s purchase of the advanced S-400 Russian air defense system, Washington diplomacy in recent months appeared to have managed to “flip” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support of US interests in several critical countries from Libya to Armenia to Ukraine, even Afghanistan. With the Turkish economy on the brink…

Israel and Iran Tensions Spiraling into a Direct Confrontation

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Against the background of a possible return of the United States to a “nuclear deal” with Iran, Tel Aviv has recently demonstrably intensified the actions of its intelligence services to undermine Tehran’s nuclear program and damage not only this industry, but the Islamic Republic as a whole. And at the same time, Israeli officials make no secret…

On the Middle East’s New “Strategic Axis”

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The ‘Cyprus meeting’ of officials from Israeli, the UAE, Greece and Cyprus highlights the ‘changing’ Middle East. While the US has, ever since Trump’s defeat and Joe Biden’s arrival into the White House, seemingly taken a step back from pushing the Gulf and Arab states for signing The Abraham Accords, the pact still continue to shape the Middle Eastern geo-political…

Red Lines in US-Turkey Relations

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Recently, the relationship between two NATO allies, Washington and Ankara, has started deteriorating noticeably despite the fact that after the 2nd World War, Turkey was viewed as USA’s “right-hand man” in the region for many years. During the previous century, the United States grew accustomed to treating Turks as junior partners who were expected to follow the US lead…

American Occupation Forces are Now Facing Partisan Warfare in the Middle East

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The United States is known for demonstrating complete disregard to the interests of the population of those countries that it has plunged into chaos by its destructive actions in recent decades. Among such countries one can name Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, but the problem is not that Washington is just facing a steady increase…

Who is Responsible for the Rise of Terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?

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The fact that the United States uses terrorist organizations as mercenaries to advance its national interests around the world has long been no secret. Initially, the US, through its intelligence services, used al-Qaeda fighters (banned in Russia) to counter the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, destabilize the region, and overthrow…

What Will Biden’s Attempts to Tame Riyadh Lead to?

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Against the backdrop of the public flogging given by American President Biden to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Washington in recent weeks has actively sought to use Riyadh in a game with Iran to its own advantage. To ease its sanctions and develop contacts with Tehran, the White House gave appropriate instructions to its strategic partner Saudi Arabia…

The Iranian Nuclear Program and the Current International Agenda

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Iran began enriching 60 percent uranium at its plant in Natanz a few days after the explosion that occurred at the facility – something for which Tehran legitimately laid the blame on Israel. “Our response to the anger of our enemies,” stressed President Hassan Rouhani, “is to replace the damaged centrifuges with more advanced ones…

Everyone is Trying to Help Lebanon Out of the Political Crisis

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In Lebanon, the political crisis associated with the inability to form a new government has kept the situation tense and complex. A number of countries have already joined in resolving it, knowing full well that the protracted Lebanese crisis has a very negative impact not only on the situation in this Middle Eastern country, but also on the…

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…


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