Search: ISIS,Iran (13 materials)

 

Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East?

... how to cope with three recent developments that call for significant adjustments in the Russian strategy. First, the defeat of ISIS, which is definitely a positive development for everybody engaged in Syria and in neighboring countries, has an important ... ... for Russia to forge even tactical alliances in the region, not to mention strategic coalitions. Second, the current Israeli-Iranian and US — Iranian rift immensely complicates Russia’s role as an ‘honest broker’ in the region. Neither Israel,...

22.11.2018

RIAC and IRAS Discuss Russia-Iran Cooperation in the Middle East

..., RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, and Davood Kiani, IRAS President, moderated the meeting. On February 6 Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a video conference with the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS) on Russia’s and Iran’s positions in the Middle East in post-ISIS period. The video conference consisted of two sessions: the presentations made by the speakers and the following discussions between the sided (Q&A). Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, and Davood Kiani, IRAS President, moderated the ...

09.02.2018

What Future for the Middle East?

... along the lines of the ‘Saudi 2030 Vision’); in 2018 a small fraction (5%) of Saudi Aramco’s shares will be listed on capital markets, a fact which might be a sign of further openings — but it is still early to say. Possible new sanctions on Iran and Venezuela’s persistent crisis might further prop up oil prices, but Saudi Arabia has to rely on its own forces, not on more or less favourable international conjunctures. The third big issue, despite ISIS’ demise, remains that of terrorism. It is now time to think about a ...

23.01.2018

From Las Vegas to Iran, Zionists Appear to Rule the USA – Can We Purge Them?

... our enemy. Indeed, I am reminded of the adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” If Zionists are the real enemy, then Iran is our friend. [22] Endnotes [1] Steele, Robert. Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy, Carlisle,... ... war only 11 times in U.S. history, and authorized the use of military force 11 times,” The Atlantic, 31 August 2013. [5] ISIS Saudi Arabia @ Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog; see especially Wayne Madsen, “Yes, the USA Created ISIS, Along With ...

16.10.2017

I Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria

... situation is quite different: Assad has obliterated many of the rebel strongholds, most notably (and most tragically) Aleppo, and ISIS, too, has been severely weakened, facing its final days in Mosul, Iraq, one of its two last major strongholds, and in the ... ... “capital;” furthermore, not only does Assad’s government have the active of support of the Shiite Lebanese militia Hezbollah and of Iran’s military on the ground (among other Shiite militias), but it also enjoys the robust military support of Russia and its ...

04.06.2017

Novel attempts to launch sectarian war in Afghanistan

... reserves and miss-using petrol-bucks to lead the said world. Iran supports Alawaits in Syria, Houthis in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon Muqtada Alsader in Iraq Hizb-e-wahdat Islamic and Harakat Islamic in Afghanistan in return Saudi-Arabia holds up IS (ISIS, ISIL), ISK and Wahabistic movements to set up counter-balance for Iran in the region and beyond, both sides via numerous means want to undermine each others’ role in the Muslim world they push even deeper for years Iranian regime suppresses the Sunni minority in Iran on the other side Saudi-Arabia represses Shiite ...

25.11.2016

Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

... a lot more for Saudi Arabia than a new alliance with Russia ever could. In general, Russia hardly has a strong position in the Middle East; Putin's desperation to help Assad, his one main ally in the region (it would be a stretch to say that Iran and Russia are general allies even as they are allies in the Syrian Civil War), even at the expense of empowering ISIS, is a reflection of this weakness. And as Putin cozies up to dictators like Assad and Sisi, he risks severely undermining any chance of real long-term gains where he and Russians seek them the most: in Europe. Democracy-loving Europe will not sit ...

13.12.2015

Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

..., so intractable, and so long; it is about so much more than just Syria when you throw the age-old Sunni-Shiite sectarian rivalries into the mix, which have been red-hot since the Lebanese Civil War, continuing through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, through the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and now through conflict in Yemen and Syria. Recruits are coming from all over the world—even young girls from the West—to join ISIS in Syria (some 30,000 over the past few years, according to a recent major report). Some of the older people involved in this will have been veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Iraq. All of those conflicts lasted about a decade; ...

03.10.2015

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

... required for big payoffs in recent months, most especially with Cuba and Iran, so such talk should also not be immediately written off. Furthermore, there is at least a chance that the recent agreement with Iran will spur further cooperation between Iran and the United States, with Syria perhaps being the most pressing and obvious case for such cooperation apart from the problem of ISIS. Only time will tell, especially given the conflicting messages coming out of media and official sources. But if some sort of a safe-zone is established by two (or more) NATO countries like the U.S. and Turkey, it could be a game changer for Assad,...

03.08.2015

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I

... prestige of and respect for the office of the presidency, not to mention Obama himself. ***** That’s it for Part I, in the next two parts: first the Obama Administration’s policies on the Syrian Civil War, then (overall) Arab Spring, ISIS, reducing America’s dependency on Mideast oil, and Iran (saving the more positive for last). If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you can follow me there ...

07.06.2015
 

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