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Moscow’s Iraq strategy: Make lots of friends

... Peshmerga vs. the Case of Islamic State in Iraq Iraq is important for Russia not only as an economic and trade partner, but also as a factor in influencing regional policy. Russia clearly understands that its possibilities in the country are limited, as Iran and the United States are the main foreign players with direct influence on Iraq. Saudi Arabia, which took a number of steps to reinforce its influence in the country in the past year, still lags behind. China , Iraq’s key economic partner, keeps ...


A Pyrrhic Victory: the History of the Sanctions War Against Iran

There are also ‘icons’ among the target countries that have more or less adapted to life under long-term sanctions rather than abandoning policies. Iran, one such target country, has unparalleled experience of living under sanctions The history of sanctions against Iran deserves close analysis in light of the growing sanctions pressure on Russia. Although Iran and Russia are different countries ...


Old World System Is Shattered, Russia and Iran Must Work to Build a New One

Over the past year, the context of the world order has changed significantly, and this pushes Russia and Iran to cooperate on specific issues, Fyodor Lukyanov, Research director of the Valdai Discussion Club, said in his comments on the results of the Russian-Iranian dialogue, which was held in Tehran on April 9. According to him, the two countries need ...


Turkey and the Containment of Iran in the Middle East

Ankara will be against any anti-Iran efforts progressing into large-scale military conflict Iran has long been a headache for U.S. strategic planning in the Middle East. A new round of debates on Iran’s malign influence in the region was sparked by several correlated events: the ...


Looking for Options: The Israeli Establishment and the Syrian Conflict

... which Israel deems as a threat to its current security, seek the destruction of the State of Israel, which is a threat to its existential security. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) feels that deterrence is the best strategy to discourage states (such as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc.) and substate actors (such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State [Da’esh], Jabhat Fatah al-Sham [al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra], etc.) from attacking its country. The IDF will not change ...


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

... discussions between the sided (Q&A). Timur Makhmutov, 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 ...


Iran's Hot Winter Month of Dey

The latest anti-government protests in Iran are solely a result of another round of domestic infighting between reformists and radical conservatives This year's Dey month (the first day of winter in the Iranian calendar, beginning in December and ending in January) proved to be a hot one ...


What Future for the Middle East?

... A peace process in Syria is gaining momentum, and ISIS’ defeat is getting closer. However, Middle Eastern problems remain massive. Among them we have selected three main issues, which are also interconnected: the hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Sunni and Shia; the stabilisation of oil prices, which are now rising but remain — as always — difficult to predict; the presence of terrorism, which, despite ISIS’ decline, is still a problem well beyond the region. Starting with the geopolitics,...


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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
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