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Assessing Iran’s Threat Potential to the UAE

... ultraconservatives in Iran, publicly warning the UAE that it is now “a legitimate and easy target.” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei even Tweeted #UAEStabsMuslims on Sept. 1, in response to the deal. Subsequently, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General admonished Iran “for interfering in the domestic affairs of another country.” Officials in the UAE have viewed Iran as a danger for many years, which is one of the reasons why Abu Dhabi lobbied the Trump administration to pursue ...


The Egoistic Approach of Saudis Fails to Deter Doha Despite the Blockade

... allegations leveled on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt were rejected by the Qatari top leadership. Andrey Kortunov: What Should the Gulf Crises Teach Us? The major conflict between Qatar and Saudi Arabia led the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) towards the prevailing status of the Gulf Crisis. It is being stated that Doha does not follow every command by Riyadh instinctively. Qatar is an independent country and has the right to make its own decisions and foreign policy according to its ...


Internationalization of Higher Education in the GCC Countries

... with other exporters of educational services in the world market. The development paths of higher education in the Arab Gulf countries were analyzed in a scientific article «Internationalization and the Changing Paradigm of Higher Education in the GCC Countries», as well as measures were taken to improve the quality of education and its regional integration. The author of the scientific work is Julie Vardhan, Assistant Professor at the School of Business, Manipal University. The work is based ...


America’s Role in the Saudi-Iran Fault Line

... turn. Likewise and although its roots are not the same, what we are seeing vis-a-vis Qatar would have to entertain a new set of considerations. And I would add here that I think it was a huge mistake to enact the blockade of Qatar and threaten a fellow GCC state in such a way, it also exacerbated problems in the sub-region. An unintended bi-product by the way is that it actually strengthened Qatar. So, what are the choices facing the U.S. in the region? What are the signifiers of breaks rather than ...


A Crisis Management Mechanism in the Middle East Is Needed More Than Ever

... indeed yield better bilateral relations between Iran and some of its neighbours, it does not necessarily guarantee progress in terms of multilateral dialogue. If rewarding for the Iranians, this is not the best way forward. A coordinated approach by the GCC making a counter-offer on the basis on a limited crisis management mechanism specifically focused on the maritime security in the Gulf (and taking off the table some Iranian proposals such as those related to foreign military bases, which are not ...


Undestanding the Gulf States: The European Perspective

... be the key partners of the EU? Which countries in the region have closer relationships with Europe and why? I think there is diversity in security policy in Europe and the Gulf. The EU has a specific relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), they have been working on a free trade agreement for some 18 years and it is still not complete. But relations to the EU members are very engaged and the Arab Gulf states are very close to Europe. In terms of the trend, Europe is increasingly engaging ...


Russia in the Balkans

Interests of the Leading Actors, Russia’s Presence in Southeast Europe and Russia’s New Strategy In 2016, the new Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation was announced. The absence of such concepts as "the Balkans," "Serbia" and "Southeast Europe" in the text of the Concept clearly reflects Russia's influence and opinions on the subject. The Concept only mentions "Europe" and the "Euro-Atlantic region." Calling the Balkans a part of the...


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

... build an effective security architecture based on the principle of inclusiveness. Russia and Turkey seek to maintain working relations with all the regional powers. Regional affairs in 2017 were affected by the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to isolate Qatar with a blockade. While Russia chose not to interfere in this regional conflict, Turkey largely sided with Qatar. Ankara’s close relations with Doha urged it to deploy troops in Qatar, which also hosts the Al Udeid Air Base- ...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... countries of the Middle East. Russia is, more specifically, developing ties with the region within the framework of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum and in the form of strategic cooperation with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) [ 31 ]. China cooperates with the region’s countries through its traditional cooperation formats, such as the China–Arab Cooperation Forum. The BRICS and the SCO could serve as a promising platform for the development of contacts between Moscow ...


RIAC Takes Part in The Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate 2017

On November 12­–13, 2017, Abu-Dhabi hosted the Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, organized by Emirates Policy Center with the support of UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting brought together around 300 participants. Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, took part in the panel session on the role of Russia’s foreign policy in the Middle East region. On November 12­–13, 2017, Abu-Dhabi hosted the Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, organized by Emirates Policy Center with the...


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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