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The Tussle Over Syria

Putin’s Syrian intervention was limited to areas around the port of Tartus and the Latakia air base, both heavily upgraded by Russia. His aim was not a full occupation, but a gradual expansion of a strategic corridor from Damascus to Aleppo. He did not fear US ...

Valenta Jiri and Leni
07.12.2017 18:17:04

Analysis: The King's Visit to Moscow is a Major Turning Point in Middle-East Politics

... arrests of “corrupt” royals and senior officials in Riyadh. I believe the decision to approach Moscow was mostly made by Saudis but very much welcomed by Russians.Indeed, a lot has changed in the the world since 2015, not only the Saudi King. The Syrian conflict has de-escalated dramatically thanks to the Russian participation and diplomacy. Furthermore, Donald Trump came to power promising less US commitment to allies and specifically NATO. Also there is the signature of Iran Nuclear Deal by ...

Daboul Koutaiba
06.11.2017 20:38:25

Op-Edge: Why is it almost impossible for Kurds to secede from Iraq?

The official referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan is soon. The referendum which is designed to sense the will of Iraqi Kurds about independence from Iraq and starting a Kurdish state among Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Theoretically, this might seem possible since Kurds already enjoy an autonomous rule in northern Iraq, they have their own president paramilitary forces and parliament. Plus the decision is being taken through democratic means....

Daboul Koutaiba
09.10.2017 15:04:03

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed By Ekaterina Blinova The timing of Donald Trump's strike on Syria was aimed at sending a strong signal to Beijing, Malaysian geopolitical analyst Mathew Maavak told Sputnik. The geopolitical analyst explained why Trump's "hardball diplomacy" left the Chinese leadership unimpressed. It was no ...

Maavak Mathew
17.04.2017 15:53:04

Donald Trump: The 'Unreliable Flip-Flop Loser' President Who 'Lacks Stamina'

Within three days of a bizarre chemical gas poisoning incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, the United States ratcheted up its global judge, jury and executioner role by firing a salvo of Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase that was used to combat Daesh terrorists.  No due process or investigation was sought; not even a declaration ...

Maavak Mathew
12.04.2017 16:27:48

The Syrian Missile Attack –Theatrics & House Cleaning?

The outrage across America over the US missile attack against a Syrian air base is universal – only the Zionists and their increasingly desperate neo-conservative fellow travelers are happy. It is clearly understood by the US public at large that the so-called sarin gas attack was a false flag attack funded ...

Steele Robert David
12.04.2017 16:11:34

Initial Thoughts on Trump's Syria U-turn

At 04:40 Syrian time, on US President Donald Trump’s order, the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian Al-Shayrat airbase, destroying infrastructure ranging from radar installations to air defences, and ...

Rawlings James
12.04.2017 13:27:12

The Weaponization of Russia in US Domestic Politics

... this blog post, attention will be drawn to its background and utility for the American liberals in their anti-Trump effort. US-Russia relations took a massive hit when Obama announced in 2013 that the Assad government had crossed the red line in the Syrian civil war with its alleged use of chemical weapons. When Russia successfully pulled off its diplomatic coup, brokering an agreement whereby Syria would give up its chemical weapons stockpile for international dismantlement, the US threat was made ...

Rawlings James
12.04.2017 13:23:12

Russia and the GCC: A Rising Partnership?

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, many analysts of Russia-Middle East relations have emphasized the contrast between Moscow’s generally cooperative relationship with Iran and tense relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. While this cleavage ...

Ramani Samuel
29.03.2017 15:45:00

Interview with Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

... of radical and terrorist groups in the region including Pakistan and India can possibly trigger hostilities between India and Pakistan. Both these countries possess nuclear weapons. Coming back to Afghanistan we should avoid the possibility of “a Syria number two” that could spread instability in the region. A deep humanitarian crisis in the whole region can possibly be much worse than what is happening in Syria now. We could have a very large number of refugees and, as a consequence, our lives,...

Пагуошский комитет Российский
28.03.2017 15:40:00

The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

... respond to such attacks. The most absurd part of his rationale was that he was worried naming the Russians and taking a strong stance against them would harm John Kerry’s then-ongoing diplomatic efforts to win cooperation with the Russians on Syria, as all recent diplomatic talks with them on Syria had been a farce. The same officials noted that Obama “fear[ed]” additional cyberattacks by Putin, additional military harassment in the Black and Baltic seas, and further aggression ...

Frydenborg Brian
17.12.2016 22:44:00

EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this is the most important article I have ever written in my life; please share with as many people as possible as soon...

Frydenborg Brian
17.11.2016 16:11:00

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

... the most vivid recent examples of that degrading relationship have been exhibited within the UNSC itself. On the general business front, Russia will see issues dominating the Middle East and Africa at the top of the schedule: · developments in Syria; · settlements and their legality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; · implementation of resolution 1559 in Lebanon; · ongoing hostilities in Yemen; · problems within South Sudan; · activities of MINUSCA in the ...

Crosston Matthew
26.10.2016 17:14:00

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

... 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[1]) partnership, especially during the period of harsh tensions between Russia and Turkey. This partnership has three goals: fighting terrorism, ...

Delanoe Igor
15.09.2016 10:44:00

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

... than Any Other Candidate: There’s Something Going On! In addition, Trump has put forward policies closer to the Kremlin’s policies than any other major candidate for the presidency. Notably: Trump wants the U.S. to defer to Russia in Syria and let it “fight ISIS” there, and agreed with Putin’s backing of Syrian's murderous President Bashar al-Assad. Trump is against the U.S. taking a large role in helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression,...

Frydenborg Brian
16.08.2016 17:46:00

Can the United States and Russia Cooperate Against al-Nusra in Syria?

On June 30, 2016, the United States announced that it would be open to limited military cooperation with Russia in Syria against the al Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra. Washington’s cooperation proposal was conditional on Russia pressuring Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to cease military assaults against Syrian rebels the US government does not label as terrorists....

Ramani Samuel
03.07.2016 23:28:00

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

... twice in the Balkans that Europe was incapable of dealing with major conflicts in its own backyard without help and, more importantly, leadership from the United States. Since then, it has failed to effectively deal with conflict in Libya, Ukraine, and Syria, all within or near its periphery. The situation in Syria has led to refugee and migrant crises unseen in the world or Europe since WWII; Europe’s response has been grossly inadequate and the influx of refugees has been one of the main catalysts ...

Frydenborg Brian
17.04.2016 14:28:00

Turkey’s price arbitrage with Gazprom over Turkish Stream

..., Turkey tries to increase its bargaining power and engages into price arbitrage with Gazprom: 10.25% discount offered by Gazprom is deemed insufficient and Turkey does not want to receive anything less than15%. Under the tightened atmosphere of the Syrian military theatre, Turkey threatens to cut off imports should her conditions be not satisfied. Gazprom’s interests in Turkey Turkey’s growing population and business already make it world’s top-20 economy, promising higher energy ...

Tikhonova Anna
07.04.2016 22:33:00

Pundits ponder on the future and implications of the Syria ceasefire deal

The U.S.-Russia agreement on the Syria ceasefire was in the spotlight of global media and think tanks last week. Likewise, Russia Direct has been extensively covering this deal and its implications for the world and the Middle East. With a great deal of uncertainty about the future of ...

Direct Russia
01.03.2016 17:12:00

The War against Islamic State: Reconstruction of the Geopolitical Balance

... war’. However, In spite of the political crisis and rising tensions between Russia and Euro-Atlantic region, the terroristic attacks in Paris on November are forcing the West and Russia to become allies in the fight against Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. Was it the opportunity for Putin to reconstruct geopolitical balance? The answer is definitely yes. However, Andrew Weiss (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) stated that: “Cooperation against terrorism between USA and Russia was ...

Костарева Майя
21.01.2016 14:19:00


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