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Iran’s JCPOA woes might be Good for Iraq

“Iran barra barra, Baghdad Hurra Hurra” (Iran out out, Baghdad is Free Free) are the chants heard around Baghdad during and after the recent election. Despite the low 44% -out of 24 million eligible- election turnout, the results speak of … Continue reading

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Recap on Turkey’s Mil. Operation in Syria

Operation Olive Branch: Background: Turkey’s military presence in Northern Syria started in August 2016 during the Syrian Civil War and has thus far consisted of two major operations. The first one, Operation Euphrates Shield (Fırat Kalkanı Harekâtı in Turkish), carried … Continue reading

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Update on Iran’s Economy

After experiencing acute economic hardship following a comprehensive set of sanctions imposed against its nuclear program in 2011, Iran’s economy started recovering with the arrival of the moderate president Hassan Rouhani to power in 2013. Yet, this recovery has been … Continue reading

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Latest Updates on the Situation in Libya

As the Arab Uprisings spread to Libya, they put an end to more than 4-decades long reign of Kaddafi in 2011. Yet, since Kaddafi was toppled, the country has been beset by turmoil and civil war, which has also taken … Continue reading

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China’s Relations with Gulf States

  China’s diplomatic relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states started with Kuwait in 1971 and continued with Oman (1978), UAE (1984), Qatar (1988), Bahrain (1989), Saudi Arabia (1990). 2004 was a watershed for Sino-Arab relations as China made … Continue reading

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C. P. Mohammed bin Salman’s US Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with United States President Donald Trump at the White House on March 20. The American visit, which will begin on March 19 and conclude on March 22, comes along a … Continue reading

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Russia-Turkey Gas and Defense Agreements

  Turkish-Russian relations have enjoyed certain ebbs and flows after the dissolution of the Soviet Republic. Although mutual suspicion has continued, the relations have flourished especially after the arrival in power of the AKP government in Turkey in 2002 and … Continue reading

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Egypt Israel Gas Deal

Israeli and Egyptian firms announced in late February 2018 that they would pursue two 10-year energy agreements. Under the arrangements, Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings will purchase 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas from companies operating Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan fields … Continue reading

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Iran’s Unrest

By Vahid Yucesoy* @vahid_yucesoy for iStrategic How it started During the beginning of the year 2018, Iran was rocked by anti-regime demonstrations that took the clerics in power by surprise. It all started when the hardliners in the city of … Continue reading

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Jerusalem The Capital

In early December 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that Washington would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and initiate the process of relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv, pursuant to the 1995 Jerusalem … Continue reading

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