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Russia’s nuclear threat and the future of Gulf nonproliferation

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin last week warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia was threatened, he would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” That was interpreted as implicitly referring to nuclear weapons. This is not ...
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Deep divisions mark the opening of UN General Assembly

  • Not since the Cold War has the world been as divided as it appeared on the opening day of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on Tuesday. Heads of state and government, foreign ministers and lesser diplomats from around the world are taking turns this week to speak in this annual ritual, w...
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Enthusiasm abounds as GCC, Central Asia launch strategic dialogue

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers on Wednesday met in Riyadh with their counterparts from Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. After centuries of isolation and estrangement, the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia are seeking to revive anci...
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Afghanistan’s economic crisis deepens amid turmoil in Kabul

  • The horrific attack on a Kabul mosque on Wednesday was a grim reminder of the fragile security situation in Afghanistan. The bombing during evening prayers at the Siddiquiya Mosque in northern Kabul killed and injured scores of worshippers, according to a Taliban-appointed police spokesman quot...
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Failure to probe 2020 disaster adds to Lebanon’s isolation

  • Last Thursday marked the second anniversary of the massive explosion in Beirut port that was caused by a large stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in warehouses. According to the UN, the powerful blast killed more than 200 people, damaged 77,000 apartments, wounded 7,000 people and displaced o...
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Execution of activists, genocide ruling should spur action for Myanmar

  • There has been worldwide condemnation of Myanmar’s de facto government following its announcement on Monday that it had executed four political activists. The killings follow secret proceedings earlier this year, which were criticized at the time by the UN and human rights organizations as lack...
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GCC meetings with Russia, Ukraine provide opening for diplomacy

  • Last week’s twin meetings between the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers and officials from Russia and Ukraine provided an opportunity to clarify the GCC’s position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and explore avenues for cooperation with the two countries. The bloc enjoyed close economic...
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Iran’s seizure of Greek tankers threatens regional maritime security

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps revealed on Friday that it had seized two oil tankers belonging to Greece, which has accused Tehran of piracy for its taking of Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior. In already-jittery energy markets, the attacks have had a destabilizing effect, at least ...
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Italy turns south, seeks GCC cooperation

  • The Italian government this month launched a new campaign to revive the country’s ties with the rest of the Mediterranean. The inaugural event was an international conference titled “Verso Sud — Looking Southward: The European Strategy for a New Geopolitical, Economic and Sociocultural Season i...
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Lebanon’s elections promise change and reforms

  • The official results are out for Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, which were held on Sunday. They indicate significant changes in the country’s political landscape. The pro-Iran, pro-Hezbollah bloc appears to have lost its majority and, with it, its ability to block Lebanon’s badly needed ref...
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