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Russia in a diplomatic bind

  • There is so far no indication that the international community is in a position to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that Russia is committing by carrying out airstrikes on Aleppo. President Putin is not sure whether or not his country will have a convincing narrative nor could he even predict...
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It is still not too late to stop killings in Syria

  • The continuation of the miseries of Syrian people is a result of two interrelated factors: The military intervention of Russia on one hand and the hesitancy of the western countries to help stop casualties in Aleppo on the other hand. Let us set the record straight, Putin is perhaps the most...
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Obama’s real legacy?

  • Russia would not have launched its military intervention to prop up the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad last year were it not for the American tacit complicity. At the time, the American administration saw Daesh rather than Assad as the imminent threat that should be wiped out.Paradoxically, despite...
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Crimes of Assad

  • Broadcast images of starving civilians in the besieged town of Madaya have proved beyond doubt that pro-Assad militias would do the unthinkable to hurt civilians in rebels-controlled areas. Sadly, the international community has done little to help save the besieged civilians. More people are...
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A pariah state

  • Iran left no stone unturned to undercut the stability of the Gulf countries hoping to bring about a radical change in the geopolitical reality. And yet, much to the chagrin of the ruling elite in Tehran, the geopolitical reality of the Gulf has remained unchanged. In the process, Iran has evolved...
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Assad is the problem

  • In a rare show of unity, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a political settlement and cease-fire in Syria. While this development is important — given the deep disagreements among those who support Assad and those who oppose his regime — one cannot...
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Competitors or allies

  • In his recent visit to Tehran, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to cement his country’s partnership with Iran in Syria. While many western media outlets suspect that Russia will eventually use Assad as a scapegoat, Putin made it clear to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, that Assad...
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The elephant in the room

  • The recent deadly terrorist attacks in Paris have given rise to much speculation about whether the international community will finally put its act together and form a joint front to stem terrorism from its roots. Interestingly enough, the “war on Daesh” has become the shorthand for new prospects...
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Courtship of Iran and Taliban

  • Not a while ago, Foreign Affairs magazine ran an article on the growing ties between Iran and the Taliban. Ahmad Javid, the author of the article, points out to a number of reports that document Iran’s ongoing effort to recruit and train Taliban fighters. Iranian policy in this regard, according...
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An American ‘ironclad’ commitment

  • In the run up to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders’ meeting with US President Barack Obama at Camp David, many analysts and politicians suspected that the two sides would be divided over how to check Iran’s unremitting attempts to destabilize the region and that the summit would witness...
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