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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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Sudan’s Unrest

Protests in Sudan Sudan has been in the throes of anti-government protests since December 19th, which started in the city of Atbara. Initially triggered by the government’s decision to increase the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese … Continue reading

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Israel Cyprus Italy Gas Agreement

ISRAEL-CYPRUS-ITALY GAS AGREEMENT   Background Offshore drilling of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean has a relatively short history. While the first offshore discovery was made on the Egyptian coast in 1969, countries like Israel stepped up their exploration of offshore … Continue reading

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ARAMCO

Saudi Aramco: A brief history Saudi ARAMCO, formerly known as ARAMCO, which is the acronym for the Arabian American Oil Company, was founded in 1933 when a Concession Agreement was signed between Saudi Arabia and the Standard Oil Company of … Continue reading

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Oman and Israel

Oman Paves Way for Israel’s Diplomatic Acceptance in MENA Oman has built a reputation for itself as a neutral actor in the Middle East. The nation’s officials walked a diplomatic tight rope during the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, managing … Continue reading

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