Search: GCC,Iran (10 materials)

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

... something. Iran, without whose support countries like Russia and Turkey cannot imagine a successful future for the region, has certainly found itself excluded from such formats. Another proposal calls for the creation of a format that would bring together the GCC, Iran and Iraq (so-called GCC+2) [ 48 ]. In the initial phase, this new format might require the participation of external actors, such as the U.S. and Russia. Under its auspices, direct dialogue between the Gulf states could reduce the level of mutual ...


Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East

... studying further the issue of creating a security architecture in the region. Yulia Sveshnikova: Iran’s Presence in Syria: Is It There for the Long Haul? Moscow, Beijing and Washington could suggest setting up a security system in the Persian Gulf in the GCC+2 format (adding Iraq and Iran). In addition, Russia traditionally maintains working contacts with Saudi Arabia [ 32 ] and Iran [ 33 ]. Moreover, China is a key trading partner for these countries [ 34 ]. Efforts to reduce tensions between Riyadh and Tehran and strengthen trust ...


Second Qatar Crisis: Causes and Possible Solutions

... instance, Oman has been actively reinforcing its ties with Iran. Since 2011, it has conducted joint naval training with the Iranian fleet. Moreover, Muscat refused to back Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Saleh and the Houthis in Yemen, instead deciding ... ... neutral stance in the conflict, a decision that Riyadh was inclined to view as pro-Houthi. Another country to have broken from the GCC’s ranks and challenge the Saudis’ leading role was Kuwait. It also refrained from any military involvement in Yemen, trying ...


Qatar Сrisis: What’s Next?

... Arabia, whose work on Abdel Wahab has been translated into English and published in the United States. Even genealogical and confessional affinity could not prevent the rift between the Arabian monarchies. Aleksandr Aksenenok, Omar Mahmood: Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA with Iran I still believe that the parties will manage to reach an agreement, since no one wishes to incite a conflict involving the world’s leading oil and gas producing nations. Yet the pressure on Qatar is not lessening, and the concessions demanded from ...


Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA with Iran

... presently refusing to integrate Iran until Tehran starts to pursue a policy of good-neighbourliness and non-interference. However, the initiative’s viability depends upon Iran’s involvement, and so Russian efforts have now focused on encouraging a GCC-Iran dialogue. The GCC states should also appreciate the evolving nature of Russian-US relations, and the dynamic nature of regional alliances. Today, the US' allies in the region are not necessarily Russia's enemies, in the same way that Moscow's friends ...


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

... no reasons to expect any such transformation in the immediate future, it makes sense to look for other ways for a rapprochement. One of such ways is to take politics out of this process. Imagine looking for points of positive interaction between the GCC and Iran in the non-political sphere, such as the socio-economic one. Everybody agrees that Syria will need a rebuilding of its economy and a social rehabilitation; what’s more, this need will in no way depend on the nature of a regime that will eventually ...


A Clash of Titans: Saudi-Iran Diplomatic Dispute

... bilateral relations. Saudi Arabia was likely betting on Tehran’s more bitter and aggressive reaction such as publicly rallying support of Saudi Shia or even shutting the Straight of Hormuz which would have had negative consequences for all of the GCC. The reasons why the Saudi leadership makes risky moves in its Iran policy are multifaceted. Riyadh openly opposes the nuclear deal that was reached between Iran and the six world powers in July last year. It fears that the lifting of anti-Iran economic sanctions will make Tehran significantly stronger both financially ...


The Syrian Conflict: Russian and GCC Perspectives

... military-political crisis in the Middle East today. It has also become one of the most acute global conflicts, involving all major world powers. The leading countries of NATO and the European Union (EU), Russia, China and key regional states – Turkey, Iran, Israel, the GCC members and the Arabic countries neighboring Syria - have all focused their attention on the Syrian conflict. The crisis can be considered part of “the Arabic spring”, albeit in a very specific way. In countries such as Tunisia, Egypt ...


The Economics of the Iranian Nuclear Deal: Russian and GCC Perspectives

... on the social contract. Even currency devaluations may fail since most GCC exports are oil related. Although the Iranian economy is more diversified than that of the GCC, as oil represents only 20% of Iran’s economy compared to 40%-50% in the GCC, Iran’s failure to realize the economic benefits of the nuclear deal threatens the deal itself. Iran’s economy boasts a number of sectors that would appeal to foreign investors and firms, but the oil and gas industry is what matters most. Global ...


GCC’s Diplomatic Snub of Obama’s Camp David

... well as for domestic security policy. Both Abu Dhabi and Manama sent Crown Princes, real policy makers in their countries. At the end of the summit Barack Obama made it abundantly clear that he cannot sacrifice the chance for a historic breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks for GCC’s comfort. “I want to be very clear: The purpose of any strategic cooperation is not to perpetuate any long-term confrontation with Iran, or to even marginalize Iran,” he said. Obama reportedly managed to reassure the attendees that ...


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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
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