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Idlib May Split Russia — Turkey — Iran Alliance

... the upcoming March municipal elections in Turkey were likely taken into account. Assad's offensive in Idlib can undermine the rating of the Justice and Development Party. Increasing understanding of the real danger and the likelihood of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian campaign formation and solidification, may soon lead Turkey to acknowledge that it is better to be a part of this operation rather than retaining a passive observer status. On the way to Turkey, from the board of his plane, Erdogan admitted a joint ...


The Astana Shackles

... Horas ad-Deen, a group of radical zealots who had split from HTS but later rejoined it. Second, failure to implement the Sochi agreement is increasing the legitimacy of the ongoing military operation against terrorists in Idlib. Supported by Russia and Iran, the Syrian government forces feel free to conduct this operation in the province that is essentially controlled by terrorists. On the other hand, Russia and Turkey can fight foreign terrorist fighters and radical groups in Idlib, while also coordinating a ...


Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East?

... settlement. Yuri Barmin: Russia and Israel: The Middle Eastern Vector of Relations The second stage of Russia’s direct engagement in the region turned out more successful than the first one. However, it also demonstrated a number of limitations. Iran and Turkey turned out to be incapable or unwilling to control many non-state groups fighting in Syria. Impressive military success on the ground made Damascus less incentivized to discuss a political settlement in Geneva, made Bashar Assad more self-confident and arrogant. Trying to engage Turkey, Moscow alienated Syrian Kurds, who turned to US ...


Evolution of the Syrian Military: Main Trends and Challenges

... Tehran. If the Syrian army and military industry are rebuilt by Iran, further Iranian influence over Damascus is to be expected. At the same time, it creates a number of quite big obstacles for moving forward with the political process and reforms in Syria. Excessive Iranian presence in Syria irritates Israel, the US, Turkey, Russia, and even Damascus itself. Being weak and with no foreign alternative to rely on regarding the funds for reconstruction, Syrian government is pushed closer to Iran. As a result, progress ...


Russia and Israel: The Middle Eastern Vector of Relations

... 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

... in Europe; these talks were largely related to the very sense of retaining the alliance now that the “communist adversary"was gone. NATO started looking for new “threats,"eventually identifying a number of Middle Eastern states, such as Iran, Syria and Iraq [ 13 ]. As Western rhetoric about the danger of the Iranian nuclear program and the need to “deter” Iran gained pace, many observers, including those in Turkey, began to believe that nuclear weapons were still of political and military ...


Syrian Surprises

... join the 3.5 million that are already there? And those jihadists who survive or lay down arms, where will they go? Will Ankara be willing to take them under its protection if they join the ranks of the “moderate” armed groups? Yulia Sveshnikova: Iran’s Presence in Syria: Is It There for the Long Haul? Trump and his political and military retinue are well aware of the fact that that Damascus, Moscow and Tehran are intent on fully cleansing the Syria of terrorists. Even Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for ...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... Through the interaction of all three influential external players with the region’s countries, many issues can be solved. In this context, it would be worth studying further the issue of creating a security architecture in the region. Yulia Sveshnikova: Iran’s Presence in Syria: Is It There for the Long Haul? Moscow, Beijing and Washington could suggest setting up a security system in the Persian Gulf in the GCC+2 format (adding Iraq and Iran). In addition, Russia traditionally maintains working contacts with Saudi Arabia ...


Iran’s Presence in Syria: Is It There for the Long Haul?

... attaché in Damascus, Brigadier General Abolqassem Alinejad, said that once the Syrian government takes control of the entire country, SyriaIran relations will only become stronger. Yulia Sveshnikova, Hamidreza Azizi: War of Interests for Peace in Syria Iran will hardly succeed in bringing Trump back to the JCPOA in the foreseeable future, and it is certainly not ready to sacrifice its few military and strategic allies for that purpose, which makes preserving its influence in Syria virtually a matter ...


Transitioning to a Sustainable Peace. RIAC and IRAS Experts Discuss the Positions of Russia and Iran on Syria

... development of the situation in Syria On September 5, 2018, Russian International Affairs Council on International Affairs (RIAC) and the Iranian and the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS) held an online seminar on the positions of Russia and Iran on the Syrian crisis. Ruslan Mamedov, RIAC Program Assistant, and Davood Kiani, First Deputy Director of the IRAS Institute, moderated the sessions. The online seminar consisted of two sessions: presentations of the speakers and discussions of the parties (questions ...


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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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