Search: Middle East,Islamic State (31 material)


The Three Phases of Jihadism

... next phase Today, ISIS is gone. They have lost all of their territorial strongholds, and the ability to call themselves an “Islamic State.” According to Dr. Kepel, this is the end of Phase Three, the “aufhebung” phase. They have lost their territory,... ... know how they are still adamant that they have to do something. Andrey Kortunov, Malcolm Chalmers: Upholding Stability in the Middle East: An Opportunity for Russia–Europe Cooperation? Dr. Kepel believes there is an opportunity for us to work on the ...


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

... de-ideologization and independence from the global conjuncture and previous trends Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara. This topic is not only extremely relevant (and will remain so for years to come), but it is also ...


Wars in the Name of Islam: What Comes Next?

... population. This is about the same if 50 million Ukrainians came to Russia. However, thank God, there is no new war in Lebanon, the situation remains the same there. The conflict is not spreading. They will come to terms: a positive scenario for the Middle East Alexey Malashenko: The Lessons of Islamic State There is an absolutely opposite, positive scenario. What is happening now in the Middle East is similar to the Thirty Years' War. The Thirty Years' War will be over, the people of the Middle East will understand how bad it is to kill each ...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... the Afghan peace talks? Will the threat of Islamic State activities be sufficient to bring Washington and Moscow into a common position? What will be the impact on major and regional powers of the spread of terrorist activities throughout the ‘wider Middle East’, with periodic attacks in countries throughout much of the world? How should the Coalition against the Islamic State deal with such a scenario? The Question of Qatar As the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran intensifies throughout the ‘wider Middle East,’ U.S. and Russian mediation appears absolutely crucial to calm tensions between Saudi Arabia,...


Middle East Zugzwang

Despite the fact that Mosul has not been recaptured from the Islamic State, and the announced attack on Syria’s Raqqa has lost some momentum, there is little doubt that the fate of ... ... countries’ postwar state structure particularly important. Who will take responsibility for the future of the two key Middle Eastern nations? How will they do so? In early October 2016 Russia once again vetoed the French-drafted resolution on ...


Anti-government extremist organizations in Syria

A brief overview of the main groups and their leaders A brief overview of the main groups and their leaders. The authors described extremist organisations on multiple parameters, such as history, social base and numbers, activity region, leaders, ideology, financing, enemies and allies, stance on the Syrian ceasefire. Project page:


Russia’s Syria Campaign: Measuring Costs and Benefits

... beginning of its military campaign in Syria which has become the first military operation of the Russian Armed Force in the Middle East. Being one of the major external actors in the Syrian conflict Russia has been staying away from direct involvement ... ... million daily. Russian airliner was downed over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015 killing all 224 passengers and crew. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack. Many view it as a consequence of the Russia’s air campaign in Syria, hence,...


A Journey Through Shari'a Law: Justifying Jihad and Punishment

... given (to fight).” Out of 12 works by Muslim scholars republished by the Islamic State, seven are by Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Wahhab, the 18th-century jurist, whose teachings serve as the basis for the Saudi legal system. One may ask then how did the Islamic State and other extremist groups operating in the Middle East today manage to put Shari’a that explicitly limits the use of force to their service. Today’s calls of the Islamic State to wage war against the West appeal to the same sentiments of Muslims that made them oppose the Crusades, ...


On the Matter of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Regional Security Concept

... leadership. Going forward, this would allow other actors to take the place of the United States if they are ready to arbitrate Middle Eastern disputes – an extremely burdensome task. The emotionally expressed hope for a change in American policy is ... ... complicate the building of a regional security system in the coming years. Point No. 7. The territorial terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), which has emerged in immediate proximity to the GCC’s borders, constitutes a new threat. It’s ...


Imperatives of Neomodernism for the Middle East

... of the latter. Obviously, the first such problem is what V. Naumkin called curing the “ diseases of society ” that push young people to radical ideologies. Accordingly, the question arises: What do young men and women that travel to the Islamic State seek? The answer is not a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. If the request for change in the Arab countries maintains its relevancy, the extra-regional powers will have to fundamentally reshape their Middle East policies. Young people discussed it in 2011 on Tunisia’s central Bourguiba Avenue and Egypt’s Tahrir Square . Freedom, justice, and dignity were the three most popular words of the Arab Spring. One of the participants of the ...


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    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  
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