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The US-Kurdish Problematique

... -Islamic State (IS) war, while a case of a small, asymmetric one, further instigated US engagement with the Kurdish armed forces. Increasingly, state and non-state interactions can be seen to determine the making of politics: US relations with the Kurds of Iraq bear testimony to this. From 1994 onwards the US State Department increased active working with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as a vital component of the Iraqi opposition. The leading Kurdish role in US plans for ‘regime change’ in Iraq,...


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

... continue to serve as a physical platform for the US–Iranian confrontation. The Iranians promised to take a violent revenge on the Americans for their actions. After the funeral processions in honor of Soleimani that brought together hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Middle East, Iran exercised the promised military response to the Americans. On January 8, Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles at bases with American soldiers in Iraq, hitting the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province and a military base near Erbil. It later turned out that the Iraqi Prime Minister was warned of the attacks in advance and transmitted the information to the Americans. This, along with the accuracy ...


2020 Forecast: Revealing the Future of the Middle East

... country’s national interests which contradict other states. Regarding the civil war in Libya, security will aggravate in the country, mainly in Tripoli, unless an agreement is reached among militant groups in addition to Turkey, the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, the USA and Russia. The impeachment process of US President Donald Trump and the US role in the MENA region would determine the future of conflicts in many countries starting from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the future government in Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria, Turkey and Iran. It is also expected that many MENA capitals will witness protests that would change the balance of power in the region. The outlook of the MENA in 2020 ...


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

... forces. It was more than three months before the new parliament met in early September 2018. The political process stalled as thousands of people took to the streets for rallies and demonstrations, with the biggest protests taking place in Basra. The political ... ... step that signalled the redistribution of power was the election of Chairman of the Council of Representatives (Parliament) of Iraq. On September 15, 2018, the 37-year-old member of parliament from the province of Anbar and member of the Al-Hal (“Solution”) ...


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

... component, which is harder to counter. We know that ISIS has already chosen a new leader, and as often happens, when you eliminate the head, the person that comes after is usually even more of a risk. The main priority now is to resolve the issue for thousands of ISIS fighters and affiliates, as well as wives and children who are in prison camps in North-East Syria and Iraq. This is another domain where international cooperation will be necessary to ensure that the instability in these regions do not lead to an ISIS 2.0. It is in this context that international actors need to learn the lesson of Iraq. Any diplomatic ...


Will Russia Reinforce Iraq's Air Defenses?

If Baghdad is serious about purchasing Russian air defense systems, several issues should be considered A series of alleged Israeli strikes on Iran-linked targets in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have sent shockwaves across the region and beyond. The attacks on Iraq in particular are unprecedented, with long-term effects yet to be revealed. The immediate effect, however, is that both the general public and the elites of Middle East nations ...


Political Weight or Economic Dividends: New Role for Russia in the Middle East?

... United States as a key security provider in the region, which was the issue since 1990s and accelerated with the invasion of Iraq in 2003, began to fade into the background. Two parallel processes have occurred in the region – the return of Russia as ... ... the desire of the states of the region to diversify their ties does not mean a lack of desire to cooperate with the EU and the USA. Regional elites can use their contacts with Moscow to get greater benefits from the West by showing that they have alternative ...


The Moment of Truth

... and support in preparation. None of such military upstaging theatre has taken place under Trump. And with the possible exception of Bolton, everybody including Trump and Congress knows how costly and disastrous even Bush II’s militarily prepared Iraq-war became. Stumbling into such a war would be even more catastrophic for the USA. Last week — faced with the real danger of a war with Iran, mainstream political USA were all-shaky hands. The US removal of “non-emergency” personnel from the nearly the biggest US embassy in the world, Iraq, was a bluff of threatening ...


Russia Consolidating Its Position in Iraq Amid Anti-Iran Sanctions

Washington’s strategy to weaken Iranian influence benefits Moscow and even its relations with Baghdad A top-level meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held in Baghdad on April 24 and 25. It produced 16 bilateral agreements and memos of understanding in telecommunications, trade, energy, electric power, manufacturing,...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... stability The Middle East is a region that has traditionally fallen under the influence of external forces. The desire of the United States to take a less active role in the Middle Eastern affairs, which was marked by the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011 under the Obama administration, coincided with the increasing involvement of Russia and China in the processes taking place in the region. The emerging crisis of statehood in the Middle East, the threat of terrorism and the general state ...


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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
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