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The Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden

How to ensure security and freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf? In recent weeks, the world’s attention has been riveted on the situation in the Strait of Hormuz. On May 12, four tankers owned by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were attacked by unknown forces when entering the Strait off the coast ...


Threats of Military Political Escalation in the Persian Gulf Discussed at High-Level Meeting in Rabat

... problems of Syrian settlement, the ongoing civil war in Yemen, and overcoming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meeting in Rabat was devoted to the ongoing escalation of the US-Iran relations, threats of military-political escalation in the Persian Gulf zone, the search for Iran’s integration models, and the regional security system. The Russian side was represented at the meeting by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Irina Zvyagelskaya and Elena Suponina, RIAC experts.


Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

... backed by Shiite Persian Iranians and the Arab Shiite Lebanese militia Hezbollah. Sunni Muslims, in general, do not like Shiites, and that is an understatement; many Sunnis do not even consider Shiites to be Muslims. That is why so much money from rich Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar is going to fund, train, arm, and equip Sunni jihadist extremists like ISIS to go fight Assad’s regime, and this has been the case for a while now. It is part of the reason why the Syrian Civil War is so ...


RIAC, MGIMO and Saudi Institute of Diplomatic Studies Hold Roundtable

On September 3, 2015, RIAC, MGIMO-University and Saudi Institute of Diplomatic Studies held the first Russian-Saudi roundtable on bilateral relations, Middle East situation and the Gulf security. The event was opened by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, MGIMO Pro-Rector on Research and RIAC member Eugeny Kozhokin, Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov, Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rassi, and ...


Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

... to the Syrian Civil War, 2.) was not even not the among first Western nations formally recognizing the opposition, 3.) has been very lightly involved compared with other major international meddlers in this conflict (e.g. Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, the Gulf states…), and 4.) since the overall post-2003 Iraq mess, for which the U.S. does bear a majority of overall responsibility, was actually at its best levels of security all throughout the first two years of the protests/fighting in Syria, we ...


GCC’s Diplomatic Snub of Obama’s Camp David

... bears an enormous symbolic meaning for Washington as it echoes US Middle East peacemaking efforts under Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. This time, however, the summit’s goal was to reconcile the US with its long-time partners in the region, the Gulf Cooperation Council. The ties that have been weakening during Obama’s presidency have suffered a major blow due to Washington’s reluctance to stand by the Gulf states in Syria and more recently due to America’s decision to engage ...


In Time, Expect Big Changes in America's Middle East Relationships

... stalled and we were ending our military deployment in Iraq. With the region experiencing the most tumult since WWI, what will America do now? Going forward, here’s what we can expect: 1.) America will try very hard to distance itself from the Gulf. It’s amazing that it’s taken us so long to realize how much our money going into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states comes back to haunt us: though Joe Biden recently got in trouble for saying so, support for ISIS and other ...


How to Overcome the Fresh Water Crisis in the Gulf

... resource than hydrocarbons. One ton of fresh water is already more expensive than a ton of oil in this water-scarce environment, meaning that water security is a key prerequisite for the region’s future development. Water Supply Except for Oman, all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are very short of renewable water resources (see Figure 2 ). This situation is exacerbated by the region’s arid climate, scarce rainfall, high evaporation rate, and the predominance of non-renewable subsurface ...


Poll conducted

  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  
     2 (2%)
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