Search: Middle East,Syria,Islamic State (20 materials)


The Three Phases of Jihadism

... boots on the ground: the 2015 JCPOA agreement allowed Russia to increase presence in Syria and send forces to Khmeimim, and Western presence increased in the campaign to... ... 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”... ... have to do something. Andrey Kortunov, Malcolm Chalmers: Upholding Stability in the Middle East: An Opportunity for Russia–Europe Cooperation? Dr. Kepel believes there...


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

... 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 ... ... ambitious. For this reason, the authors propose focusing on the following four main issues: terrorism, nuclear weapons, the Syrian crisis and the security architecture in the Middle East. At the beginning of 2010, Russia and Turkey had different views ...


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

... the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas, among other “terrorist” groups, including the Islamic State — in addition to accusing Qatar of working closely with Iran. Saudi... ... terrorist groups such as the Black Hand of that epoch. Could conflicts in the wider Middle East ,’ much like conflicts in the Balkans prior to World War I, similarly... ... Crimea? What should be done about refugee crisis from eastern Ukraine to Russia and from Syria and other countries to the European Union countries? How should Russia and the...


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 radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq is sealed.... ... 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. 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

A year ago Russia announced the 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,...


Countering the threats from the Middle East

... believe that the long-term stability of the region would be best served by creating an inclusive regional security system for the Middle East. We reject the view that the region and its borders need to be fundamentally re-developed, for example along the ethnic ... ... the four think tanks supporting the work of the Task Force, available at 2 . Acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham, also referred to as IS or Daesh. 3 . Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, OHCHR, 11 February 2016, CoISyria/A-HRC-31-68.pdf, accessed ...


A Critical Look at Mainstream Analysis of the Russian Operation in Syria

... Group recently released a briefing on Russia’s partial pull-back of forces from Syria, its implications on the ceasefire as well as on Moscow’s wider strategy... ... Moscow is being guided by its own national interests and an ambition of a key player in Middle Eastern affairs, rather than any commitment to Assad’s political future... ... sometimes provide air cover to certain FSA groups during joint operations against the Islamic State. The fact that Moscow never stopped reaching out to opposition groups...


The Capture of Palmyra: Victory in Battle, but Not a Turning Point

The Syrian army finally regained control over Palmyra, one of the key strategic cities in ... ... Palmyra. This historic area is somewhat isolated, being located far away from the major Islamic State-controlled territories along the Euphrates. With many sources of IS funding... ... Russia’s hands. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail Andrey Kortunov: Post-Syrian Russia and Middle East Apart from the overall geopolitical benefit, Moscow urgently seeks to legitimize...


Russia in a Changing Middle East

Interests and opportunities The Middle East has always had a special meaning for Russia. The area provides access to ... ... within a paradigm of a modernity. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI Boris Dolgov, Omar Mahmood: The Syrian Conflict: Russian and GCC Perspectives Domestic developments in the region were... .... The reason of it was a cross-border activities of an extremist organization - the Islamic State. ISIS has positioned itself as a champion of a global project - the caliphate...


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