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Afghanistan peace process at a crossroads

  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah sign a political agreement in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2020. (Reuters)  Friday marks three months since the agreement between the US and the Taliban was signed in Doha with the aim of bringing peace to c...
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After Saleh, Yemen is descending into anarchy

  • The prospects of peace in Yemen have receded, as the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has not significantly changed the balance of power between the contending forces in the country. The Yemeni people have suffered as a result of years of instability caused by widespread civil con...
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America’s Iran sanctions complicate Iraqi politics

  • Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Haider Abadi has had a difficult fortnight. On Aug. 7, US President Donald Trump reinstated sanctions on Iran following America’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. The president’s executive order banned the use of US dollars by Iran and barred imports of Ira...
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Arab leaders boosted by Putin’s backing at Helsinki summit

  • While policymakers and commentators are still trying to understand what happened at the Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week and what it means for the Middle East, some matters have become clear.  Before the summit, the US and I...
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As the domestic challenges continue, the Iraqi PM attempts a regional outreach

  • Just as Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was trying to grapple with his country’s economic woes by implementing a 23 percent devaluation of the national currency on Dec. 19, the first since 2003, he received a rude reminder that the issues originating from the US assault on his country 1...
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As the Syrian conflict completes 10 years, new diplomatic initiatives are taking shape

  • The 10-year commemoration of Syria’s bloody civil conflict in March has evoked expressions of anguish and some new diplomatic initiatives. Nearly half-a-million people have been killed and several million more displaced since the conflict started on March 15, 2011. The UN Secretary-General, A...
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As US withdraws, new players to dominate Afghan scene

  • President Joe Biden this week publicly declared that all remaining US troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by Sept. 11 this year. This date recalls the 2001 assault on the US homeland and the distinct symbols of its power — financial, military and political — by Afghanistan-based extremist f...
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Assad looks on as hectic diplomacy shapes Syria’s future

  • Mohammad Javad Zarif with Bashar Assad. (Reuters)  As the fighting has reduced across Syria, domestic and external players are jostling to maximize their advantages at the expense of their rivals. This has made the future of Syria the subject of extraordinary diplomatic...
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Astana process partners determined to control Syria’s fate

  • Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani during their virtual meeting. (Reuters) The members of the Astana peace process in Syria — Russia, Iran and Turkey — last week held a virtual meeting; their first encounter since September las...
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Before our eyes, Libya descends into chaos

  • The day after two bomb blasts killed 40 people in Benghazi, Libya, last month, local military commander Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, already wanted for war crimes by the European Union, publicly executed 12 people in his custody. Five more bodies were discovered the day after, with notices attached to...
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