Search: Iraq,Iran (23 materials)


The Shaikh Group Expert Meeting on Security Challenges in the Middle East

... security issues in the Middle East and North Africa took place. High-level experts from Russia, the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, China, and India took part in the discussion. The discussion focused on the attempts of the leadership of Iraq to mediate in negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the potential impact of the change of power in Afghanistan on the balance of power in the region and the prospects for strengthening security in the Middle East. Irina Zvyagelskaya, RIAC Member, Head of the Center for ...


Russia, Iraq Face OPEC+ Cuts, Look to New Deals

... volume of associated gas production also decreased. And this, in turn, again increases dependence on the gas imported from Iran. Ruslan Mamedov: Russia Doubles Down on Iraq Despite COVID-19 If Baghdad loses the possibility to import electricity from Iran, Iraq will not be able to receive the same volume from another source. After Iraq's OPEC+ agreement partners expressed dissatisfaction with Baghdad’s failure to comply with the terms of the deal in May and June, Baghdad abided by the quotas in August,...


Russia’s Position on the US–Iran Confrontation. Watching from the Sidelines

... continued to threaten the Iranians with war, while exerting „maximum pressure“ and stifling the economy of the Islamic Republic. According to the IMF, Iran’s GDP fell by 9.5% in 2019, while oil production was more than halved. This US policy regarding Iran has negatively affected US–Iraqi relations. Iraq, being dependent on the dynamics of the US-Iranian confrontation, was caught between a rock and a hard place. It was the territory of Iraq where a number of key events took place, specifically, the US airstrike ordered by D. Trump ...


2020 Forecast: Revealing the Future of the Middle East

... of great internal turmoil that could either consolidate Iran's power in both countries or lead to civil war by forming a techno-political government that consists of both former politicians and technocrats. Having become the battlefield of the US and Iran, Iraq is risking to plunge in into severe instability and insecurity due to regional and international intervention in its internal affairs. It has been evident that when the Iraqi parliament asked the Americans and the international coalition to withdraw ...


The Formation of the Political Elite in Modern Iraq: The U.S. and Iranian Factors

Origins of U.S. and Iranian Influence on the Iraqi Political Elite Three major events transformed Iraq and the Middle East: the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the IranIraq War of 1980–1988 and the Gulf War of 1991, the latter of which led to a change in the domestic policy of President of Iraq Saddam Hussein and thus brought about new dynamics in the relations between the Iraqi government and the country’s ethnoreligious ...


Unrest in Iraq: Continuation of the Arab Spring or a New Political Reality?

... future. It should be noted that there is an anti-Iran element to the protests. The Iranian leadership, in particular, the country’s spiritual leader Ali Khamenei, was restrained in its response. Noting that “enemies cannot sow discord” between Iran and Iraq, he did not express any attitude towards the protesters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran issued a statement indicating that foreign forces may abuse the situation. This suggests that the Iranian leadership is taking a cautious stance towards ...


Andrea Dessì: the EU and Russia Share Much Potential for Cooperation in the Middle East

... groundwork on which to foster more cooperative regional engagement in the Middle East, also by convincing the US to return to a more stable and predictable foreign policy towards the region. On October 26, 2019, the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed during a U.S. raid. What do you make of his death and what consequences could that have for ISIS and international terrorism as a whole? Andrey Kortunov, Michel Duclos: Helping Iran to Make the Right Choice The killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is definitely a further blow to ISIS as it eliminated its operational leader. However, the reality of the ISIS threat, and perhaps more so than other groups such as Al-Qaida, is that ISIS ...


Russia Consolidating Its Position in Iraq Amid Anti-Iran Sanctions

... Security organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. Muhammad Jawad Khadum Al-Abadi, general secretary of the Iraqi Defense Ministry, told the conference that the Russian-Iraqi partnership was at the highest level and that the cooperation between Russian, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian intelligence services is continuing. Indeed, Russia and Iraq are consistently developing their military and technical cooperation. April 2019 saw the Russian Uralvagonzavod company carrying out the arms contracts and new supplies of T-90C ...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... 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 [ 32 ] and Iran [ 33 ]. Moreover, China is a key trading partner for these countries [ 34 ]. Efforts to reduce tensions between Riyadh and Tehran and strengthen trust ...


Moscow’s Iraq strategy: Make lots of friends

... Russia and Iraq have been exploiting have tangible potential. Military sales and energy cooperation are the most obvious ones, but Moscow is also becoming what it sees as a “natural ally” of Iraq in the fight against terrorism. Since Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq formed an information-sharing group in 2015, Russia has sought to deepen this area of cooperation through joint operations against radical groups. Russian lawmaker Ziyad Sabsabi has coordinated activities within that group to rescue Russian children ...


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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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