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America’s Role in the Saudi-Iran Fault Line

... turn. Likewise and although its roots are not the same, what we are seeing vis-a-vis Qatar would have to entertain a new set of considerations. And I would add here that I think it was a huge mistake to enact the blockade of Qatar and threaten a fellow GCC state in such a way, it also exacerbated problems in the sub-region. An unintended bi-product by the way is that it actually strengthened Qatar. So, what are the choices facing the U.S. in the region? What are the signifiers of breaks rather than ...


A Crisis Management Mechanism in the Middle East Is Needed More Than Ever

... indeed yield better bilateral relations between Iran and some of its neighbours, it does not necessarily guarantee progress in terms of multilateral dialogue. If rewarding for the Iranians, this is not the best way forward. A coordinated approach by the GCC making a counter-offer on the basis on a limited crisis management mechanism specifically focused on the maritime security in the Gulf (and taking off the table some Iranian proposals such as those related to foreign military bases, which are not ...


Undestanding the Gulf States: The European Perspective

... be the key partners of the EU? Which countries in the region have closer relationships with Europe and why? I think there is diversity in security policy in Europe and the Gulf. The EU has a specific relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), they have been working on a free trade agreement for some 18 years and it is still not complete. But relations to the EU members are very engaged and the Arab Gulf states are very close to Europe. In terms of the trend, Europe is increasingly engaging ...


Russia in the Balkans

Interests of the Leading Actors, Russia’s Presence in Southeast Europe and Russia’s New Strategy In 2016, the new Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation was announced. The absence of such concepts as "the Balkans," "Serbia" and "Southeast Europe" in the text of the Concept clearly reflects Russia's influence and opinions on the subject. The Concept only mentions "Europe" and the "Euro-Atlantic region." Calling the Balkans a part of the...


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

... build an effective security architecture based on the principle of inclusiveness. Russia and Turkey seek to maintain working relations with all the regional powers. Regional affairs in 2017 were affected by the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to isolate Qatar with a blockade. While Russia chose not to interfere in this regional conflict, Turkey largely sided with Qatar. Ankara’s close relations with Doha urged it to deploy troops in Qatar, which also hosts the Al Udeid Air Base- ...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... countries of the Middle East. Russia is, more specifically, developing ties with the region within the framework of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum and in the form of strategic cooperation with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) [ 31 ]. China cooperates with the region’s countries through its traditional cooperation formats, such as the China–Arab Cooperation Forum. The BRICS and the SCO could serve as a promising platform for the development of contacts between Moscow ...


RIAC Takes Part in The Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate 2017

On November 12­–13, 2017, Abu-Dhabi hosted the Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, organized by Emirates Policy Center with the support of UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting brought together around 300 participants. Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, took part in the panel session on the role of Russia’s foreign policy in the Middle East region. On November 12­–13, 2017, Abu-Dhabi hosted the Fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, organized by Emirates Policy Center with the...


What Should the Gulf Crises Teach Us?

The unraveling instability and the rise of insecurity in the Gulf demonstrates that traditional models of providing regional security simply do not work in the XXI century One of the most disturbing trends in international politics today is a rapid deterioration of the security situation in the Gulf area, — a region which remains a critically important part of the global economy, finance and transportation. The foreign military involvement in the civil war in Yemen and the approaching humanitarian...


Second Qatar Crisis: Causes and Possible Solutions

... Idlib were to be transported to east Aleppo, while Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the rebels were to give up the towns of Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus to the regime represented by the Lebanese Hezbollah. Aleksandr Aksenenok, Omar Mahmood: Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA This chain of events gave Riyadh yet another reason to be weary of Qatar potentially resuming its unfriendly activities and spurred on the Kingdom’s urgent plans that aimed to interfere with Qatar’s plans....


Qatar Сrisis: What’s Next?

... take on the very Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques itself, the ruler of a G20 nation. Is it possible that the intensifying confrontation will bring about the breakup of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC) that has, until very recently, seemed to be going so strong? Although marred by tensions and even occasional conflicts, including territorial disputes, ever since its inception in 1981, the council has been instrumental in promoting integration. ...


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