Search: Syria,Saudi Arabia (23 materials)


Unislamic Ideology of the Islamic State

... seven-fold in the last twelve months, from 1,500 a month in April 2015 to just 200 in 2016. Consequently, the territory controlled by the Islamic State is shrinking. According to US officials, the group has lost 47% of its territory in Iraq and 20% in Syria. Bombings in Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia help the organization attract marginalized elements whose goal is not even building the illusive Caliphate but spreading jihad, which they interpret as their path towards liberation. Islamic State Volunteers IS and the Saudi monarchy both ...


Algeria: Russia’s Crisis-Proof Partner in the Arab World

... event takes place. Syria Indeed, it was its specific approach to Syria that has driven Algiers to quarrel with Riyadh and move closer to Tehran: Algerians would like to simultaneously preserve the regional status quo and step up the competition with Syria and Saudi Arabia for clout in the Arab world. However, the secular regimes of Syria and Algeria currently seem to have reached a sort of stable political equilibrium . In practice, Algiers is quite cautious in criticizing Bashar Assad for his actions against ...


The Middle East between the U.S. and Russia: Potential Traps for Moscow

... incentives to fulfill their obligations. On the contrary, they tend to support their proxies in a more aggressive manner by providing them with arms in order to tip the balance. The Yemeni conflict also may seemingly become more destructive and even surpass Syria as a priority for Saudi Arabia. Those who were initially skeptical about the peaceful settlement of both conflicts now worry not so much about the worsening dynamics of regional crises due to the Saudi-Iranian showdown, as about the hurdles that will unquestionably plague ...


A Clash of Titans: Saudi-Iran Diplomatic Dispute

... in peace talks that will take place in Geneva on January 25. Opposition groups, however, have not done so yet. And this is exactly what should concern Riyadh, because if these groups don’t show up in Geneva Iran will have a good reason to blame Saudi Arabia for derailing Syria talks over their own dispute. Diplomatically Saudi Arabia has fallen into its own trap. All in all, it seems that diplomatically Saudi Arabia has fallen into its own trap. The Iranian leadership quickly realized the risks of the conflict’s ...


The U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East: An Alliance of Competing Powers, Too Risky to Break?

... are too situational and opportunistic. And Russia is in no position to replace the U.S. as the key extra-regional partner for Saudi Arabia, or anything close. Occasional suggestions on the subject in the Russian media do not mean that the Kremlin is entertaining ... ... despite clear interest in the dream becoming reality. Despite its numerous problems, Riyadh will have a significant impact on the Syria settlement. One should not expect full-fledged Saudi support in the struggle against ISIS until the monarchy senses a threat ...


The Syrian Conflict: Russian and GCC Perspectives

... Studies (DERASAT) Though from a GCC perspective the main sticking point that has hampered these ties from reaching its potential has been Russian/Iranian relations. This has been the case especially more so in the Syrian context. With Russia entering the Syrian conflict on the side of Bashar and Iran, a recent poll in Saudi Arabia showed that Russia has become extremely unpopular [11] . The GCC States have been involved in trying to settle the conflict in one way or another since the start of the protests in Syria. Each GCC State has played a different role with different ...


Why a Russian-Saudi Deal on Syria is Highly Unlikely?

... Russia's security-oriented vision. Conversely Saudi Arabia (and Turkey) unsurprisingly expressed a firm refusal to ally with the Iranians and to save Al-Assad. These antagonist interests will unlikely prevent the continuation of bilateral top-level talks. Saudi Arabia sees how tarnished has become the Obama Administration's Middle Eastern diplomacy. The American reluctance to act on Syria adds to Riyadh's despair after the signature of the nuclear deal with Iran earlier in 2015. And if Russia embodies “ counter-revolution ” – which might well suit to King Salman, keen to avoid any mass uprising in his country –,...


Moscow's revolving door of Arab monarchs, Syrian opposition

... for example, by the number of visits to Moscow already held or planned for this year by heads of Arab states. The rulers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan, and the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, are expected to visit ... ... President Vladimir Putin has accepted the Saudi king’s invitation to visit Riyadh. An impressive number of leaders of various Syrian opposition groups also visited Moscow this month. The consultations did not reveal any fundamental change in the Kremlin’s ...


A Thaw in Russia-Saudi Relations?

... in St. Petersburg, the Crown Prince also met with President Vladimir Putin. In fact, that was the first major official delegation from Saudi Arabia to Russia since 2011, when bilateral relations were virtually frozen over fundamental differences on Syria. Saudi Arabia’s new leaders genuinely want to diversify their international political and economic ties, and Russia may appear attractive due to its prominent role in the energy market and established relations with Iran, Syria, Iraq and Yemen At ...


Time for a Reset in Russian-Saudi Relations

... the inclusion of investment and electric power peaceful nuclear projects, joint GLONASS-based projects and arms supplies to Saudi Arabia. As far as the visit of Prince bin Salman is concerned, the American factor appears quite important. First, the ... ... guarantees is gone. Moreover, since the greater part of the dialogue between Russia and the Gulf states has been focused on Syria with Moscow's stance coming across as the most principled, the Saudis tend to think (reasonably or not) that the solution ...


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