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Iraq caught in the middle of Turkey-Iran rivalry

  • The artillery shelling of Zakho, a mountain tourist resort in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of Dohuk, on July 20, which killed or injured dozens of innocent civilians, raised questions about the significance of the timing and the parties responsible. There are also many questions about the object...
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What lies behind Iran’s drones deal with Russia?

  • CIA intelligence reports have revealed that Russia plans to purchase hundreds of drones from Iran, including those capable of carrying weapons. According to the reports, Iran also intends to train Russian forces on how to use them. It’s unlikely that Russia would have sought drones from Iran ...
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The reasons behind Gulf states’ neutral policy on Ukraine

  • The Russian military campaign in Ukraine has thrown Europe’s geopolitical landscape into disarray. This crisis also overshadows the global order, with countries worldwide adopting various positions toward the crisis, including the Gulf states, which have adopted a policy of neutrality. But why ...
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Moment of reckoning for America’s approach to the Gulf

  • The Biden administration is advancing its new global strategy, which is centered on creating strategic competition with rival world powers like China and Russia. This strategy focuses on military redeployment to create a massive deterrence near these rivals’ borders and resurrecting old allianc...
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Foreign investors unlikely to rush back to Iran

  • A host of international institutions regularly release reports that gauge the level of political, economic and social stability worldwide and how far nations have progressed or regressed in the recent past. In an isolated country like Iran, the significance of such reports is apparent, especial...
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State dominance of Iranian economy impedes foreign investment

  • Iran’s regime, economy and society are in dire need of massive injections of investment and capital, particularly foreign investments, to modernize the country’s aging manufacturing infrastructure, which is largely obsolete due to years of isolation and US sanctions. The regime needs such inves...
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As the year ends, storm clouds gather over Iran

  • The year 2021 has not been filled with favorable results for Iran. However, with the swearing-in of a new, Democratic, US administration in January and this summer’s installation of a hard-line Iranian president in Ebrahim Raisi — an objective long sought after by the Tehran leadership — senior...
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Regional alliance could fill void left by US withdrawal

  • The US withdrawal from the Middle East has fulfilled a key objective of radical and terrorist forces and their backers. Al-Qaeda, Daesh and other terrorist groups have long been calling for the removal from the Arabian Peninsula of what they designate as “infidels.” Iran and its militias across...
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Iran attempting to blackmail Iraq into submission

  • Whenever Iran’s expansionist project in Iraq encounters obstacles, Tehran immediately starts to open old wounds, such as demanding compensation for the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War and using this as a stick to beat Baghdad with. This Iranian policy has one objective: Blackmailing Iraq into submission ...
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Iran’s expansionist misadventures prompt domestic crises

  • While many still see the traditional benchmarks, such as military and security, as being the primary indicators of a nation’s stature and power, this is no longer the case. Today, other indicators, such as sustainable development, good governance, clean energy, fighting climate change, human de...
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