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21 november
2016
Russian Council

How Much Does Great Powers’ Military Intervention in the Middle East Cost?

The cost of the Russian operation in Syria is estimated at anywhere between $1.2 billion and $3 billion. This is comparable to the amount that the West spent on its air operation in Libya. The U.S. air operations in Iraq and Syria in 2014 required at least three times those amounts of money. But all this is nothing compared to the ground operations carried out by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost trillions of dollars.

26 october
2016
Matthew Crosston

Walk the Line: Russia as the New Chair of the UN Security Council

October 1st began what could be one of the more interesting Chairships of the United Nations Security Council, with Russia taking over and being charged with a rather delicate balancing act: between conducting the numerous affairs expected to be covered by any standard Chair of the UNSC and deftly handling the ‘special’ relationship with the United States that has recently become woefully deficient. Even more intriguing, some of the most vivid recent examples of that degrading relationship have been exhibited within the UNSC itself.

27 september
2016
Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava

The Labyrinths of the Middle East

On 12 September 2016 Syria declared a week-long ceasefire. Will it be the beginning of the end of more than five years of civil war? Or will this remain just a wishful thinking? Middle Eastern affairs are as usual tangled beyond imagination, like a true labyrinth. Let us consider three possible scenarios, from the most optimistic to a highly pessimistic one.

15 september
2016
Igor Delanoe

Does Russia still have a “Kurdish card” to play in Syria?

Longstanding relations between Moscow and the Kurds has provided Russia with a “Kurdish card”, that is, the ability to modulate its support to various Kurdish national ambitions throughout the Middle East, depending on what the Kremlin was seeking to obtain from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The current Syrian crisis is no exception and has promoted the Russian-Kurdish (PYD) partnership, especially during the period of harsh tensions between Russia and Turkey. This partnership has three goals: fighting terrorism, punish Turkey, and exert pressure on Damascus in Geneva. However, Ankara’s U-turn vis-à-vis Russia and Syria this summer has led Moscow to readjust its approach toward the Kurds.

15 march
2016
Anna Corsaro

War in Yemen: a New Vietnam?

The Yemeni Civil War is probably not the most talked about conflict in western media, with all the attention attracted by the unfortunately well-known atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Nevertheless, the bloodshed has reached sizable proportions with estimated 6000 dead since March 2015 and it cannot absolutely be underestimated for the gravity and magnitude of geopolitical effects it carries on the the Middle East and the rest of the world.

05 february
2016
RSUH Experts

Ilya Kravchenko: US-Israeli relations on the background of the Middle East tensions

Nowadays, politicians and experts studying the Middle East focus on the war in Syria and the fight against "Islamic state". Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to believe that one of the major conflicts in the Middle East - the Arab-Israeli - faded into the background. At what stage are the negotiations to resolve the conflict? And what is the role of the US as Israel's main ally? 

15 december
2015
Russian Council

New ‘Axis of Resistance’? – Why Russia Avoids Full Identification with the Syrian-Iranian Alliance

The ongoing crisis in Turkish-Russian relations, caused by Ankara shooting down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on November 24, has thrown into relief another international trend connected to the war in Syria: the apparently growing robustness of a Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance. Speaking to media on Sunday, Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, stated that "Iran has a duty to reduce tensions between Russia and Turkey".

 

Author: Hanna Notte