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Oman: Balancing Interests & Principles

  The Omani foreign minister, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, met in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in May, stating that “There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world … Both parties, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s S-400

Turkey is attempting a balancing act between two competing agendas, that of the United States and NATO, and Russia. Given that Turkish economy has already entered a recessionary phase, tense diplomatic relations with the US and Turkey’s NATO allies are … Continue reading

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US Troops in Iraq

US Troops in Iraq In 2003 an American-led invasion put an end to Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq. At its peak, the US troop levels in Iraq stood at 166,000. Although the US combat mission of helping Iraq with post-invasion … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Exit from MESA

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) and Egypt’s Withdrawal The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), also called the “Arab NATO”, is a regional security alliance originally proposed by the Trump administration to include in addition to the US, Egypt, Jordan, … Continue reading

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Turkey in Somalia

Bilateral ties between Turkey and Somalia date back to the years immediately after Somalia gained its independence. These relations gained a significant boost following the arrival to power of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and his efforts of greater diplomatic … Continue reading

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Turkey S-400 Purchase

Turkey’s S-400 and US missile defense system purchase debacle Turkish and American ties have been tense over the past several months due to Ankara’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile system. This tension came to a head last week … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

Recent Investment Agreements between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia   The bilateral ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been very strong over the decades with very few disruptions. Historically, the presence of around 2 million Pakistani expatriates living and working … Continue reading

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Iran and UAE: Islands in Dispute

The Islands Dispute between Iran and the UAE Iran has been embroiled in an enduring dispute with the United Arab Emirates over three islands in the Strait of Hormoz: Abu Musa, and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs. The ownership of … Continue reading

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Iran: Chabahar Port

Chabahar Port and Major Stakeholders Chabahar, one of Iran’s most strategically-located ports, is situated in southeastern Iran on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. It is Iran’s only port that has access to an ocean, and is comprised of … Continue reading

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Turkey in Northern Syria

TURKEY IN NORTHERN SYRIA   Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and their proxies have occupied territory in Northern Syria since August 2016. Ankara had long been working on the idea of creating a “proto-state” out of the Euphrates Shield forces (which … Continue reading

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