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Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East?

... the willing” from regional actors interested in reaching a ceasefire in Syria. Trying to forge an alliance of regional actors, Moscow counted on the major comparative advantage that distinguished Russia from other main out of area powers involved in Middle East crises — it enjoyed good relations with practically all local players — Sunnis and Shias, Iran and Arab states of the Gulf, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Kurds, and so on. The Russian regional activism was also inadvertently encouraged by the US Trump Administration that could not decide on its approach to either Syria or to the regional ...


Evolution of the Syrian Military: Main Trends and Challenges

... the country in check to a certain degree. The recent deal on south Syria between Russia, Israel and the US, which envisaged Iranian forces pull out from the Syria-Israeli border, is a good evidence. Damascus understands that and might use this issue ... ... in its talks with the West and GCC states to eventually attract their money into Syria. Yuri Barmin: Russia and Israel: The Middle Eastern Vector of Relations Third, in the course of its involvement in Syria Russia planned to reorganize the Syrian army ...


Russia and Israel: The Middle Eastern Vector of Relations

Working paper 42/2018 The Working paper was prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council as part of the project "Security System in the Middle East". This paper covers the issue of complex relations between Russia and Israel in the Middle East. The author analyzes in detail Russia’s role in the Israel-Syria-Iran triangle. The degree of Iranian presence in Syria, the impact of the nuclear deal in the context of Israeli-Iranian regional confrontation, the role of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement in Russian-Israeli relations are also discussed in the paper....


Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East

... soil were once again called into question. Reports began to circulate about plans to transfer the warheads from Incirlik to other countries (including Romania, although this rumor was subsequently denied) [ 20 ]. Another important nuclear issue in the Middle East was Iran’s nuclear program. The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 on 14 July 2015 was a major breakthrough. The agreement reflects Russia’s position as a participant in the negotiation process regarding ...


RIAC Hosts a Meeting with Iranian Diplomats

... countries, opportunities for building cooperation in these areas. Security issues were also touched upon. The Russian and Iranian sides reaffirmed the importance of developing a strategic view on the creation of new regional security architecture in the Middle East. The parties agreed to develop contacts and outlined further areas of cooperation between RIAC and the Iranian think tanks.


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... the Middle East. Leading Russian corporations are planning to develop energy, military-technical, agricultural and other types of cooperation with the countries in the region. Russian experts have helped to build the first nuclear power plant in the Middle East near the Iranian city of Bushehr, and the two sides have signed contracts on the construction of additional blocks [ 12 ]. Contracts were signed on the construction of nuclear plants in Turkey [ 13 ] and Egypt [ 14 ], with work already under-way. In addition, ...


Turkey and the Containment of Iran in the Middle East

... malign influence in the region was sparked by several correlated events: the relative decline of global role of the U.S., its decision to reconsider existing commitments to regional allies, and the recent rise of Iran's profile in major conflicts in the Middle East. Iran is not an ordinary player, primarily due to its peculiar political regime, its ideological vision for the region, and its impressive immunity to outside pressure. The U.S. has been signaling that it would not stay passive if Iranian expansion challenged ...


RIAC at Strategic Vision Institute Conference in Pakistan on Security Issues in the Middle East

... between Pakistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, and the security challenges in the region. The event was organized by Strategic Vision Institute (Islamabad, Pakistan). The conference had a welcoming session and two more sessions on dynamics of Pakistani-Saudi-Iranian relations, the emerging landscape, and Middle East regional security system. Khurram Dastgir, current Minister for Defense of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Zafar Iqbal Cheema, Executive Director Strategic Vision Institute, made telcoming remarks at the opening session. Shamshad Ahmad,...


Looking for Options: The Israeli Establishment and the Syrian Conflict

... Israel is arming some Sunni jihadist rebels. Israel is willing to ally itself with Salafist rebels in order to prevent the “Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah axis” from proclaiming victory in the Syrian Civil War. Whether this proves to be a wise decision for ... ... al-Assad; rather it sees him as the only alternative to an Islamic fundamentalist state. Russia’s main objective is that the Middle East remains stable while Syria was heading towards anything but stability. There are two reasons why Russia entered the ...


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,...


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