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Clash between unlikely allies Turkey and Russia is inevitable

  • Having gone to war at least 12 times over the centuries, Turkey and Russia are unlikely allies. In 2015, when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, any accord between the two seemed unlikelier still. And the gunning down of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara a year later was a cause for ...
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Security to top Merkel successor’s list of concerns

  • As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to leave office in September after nearly two decades in power, approval of her leadership of Germany has never been higher. The inexperienced and supposedly uncharismatic Merkel was not short of detractors as she took the top job in 2005. Today, however, on...
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Why Arab League should seek reconciliation with Syria

  • The Arab League last month resumed some of its activities in Damascus for the first time since November 2011, when the organization’s foreign ministers suspended Syria’s membership. As the 10-year anniversary of the Syrian civil war looms, many predict that, despite the great human cost of the ...
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Traditional trade ties with MENA nations vital for post-Brexit UK

  • The UK’s departure from the EU has created fear and anxiety over its economic impact. Responsible for 43 percent of UK exports and 53 percent of its imports, the bloc constitutes a key trading partner for the country. Their parting has, however, invigorated London’s efforts to strengthen ties w...
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Gulf countries heeding pandemic’s lessons on diversification

  • Tucked away among the impressive virtual reality, star speakers and commendable organization during the fourth year of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) last week was the distinct understanding that the pandemic has provided an opportunity, rather than a challenge, to the Gulf economies. ...
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US media has to win back public’s faith in post-Trump era

  • Aside from the bellicose denouncements, the denials, the Senate trials and the rallies, what the Donald Trump presidency will truly be remembered for is the storming of the Capitol this month. This act drew consternation and, at some moments, horror. However, more significantly, though somewhat...
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Why China’s growing influence may be held up in Middle East

  • Long before the Belt and Road Initiative entered the political lexicon, decision-makers in Beijing had set their sights on the Arab world. Though originally conceived as a way to create a Chinese bridge connecting East Asia with the frontier of Europe, the initiative has increasingly enveloped ...
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Future of Turkish-US ties an early dilemma for Biden

  • The very public, and at times altogether baffling, Turkish support of Donald Trump’s re-election campaign left many in the dark as to why Ankara would side so committedly with such a pro-Israel American president. The answer, quite simply, was the alternative. With President-elect Joe Biden now...
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Macron set to sharpen diplomatic focus after busy 2020

  • French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut after the port explosion, Lebanon, August 6, 2020. (Reuters) Amid the unprecedented uncertainty in global affairs of the last year, the marked rebirth of French diplomacy — through a series of frenzied overseas efforts — has been a strik...
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Eleventh-hour French strongarming forces Brexit deal

  • Four and a half years since the people of the UK voted to leave the EU, the Brexit process entered into its most dramatic phase last week as the French government decided to close its borders to the UK. Ostensibly isolating itself from a new strain of the coronavirus located in the southeast of...
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