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How China built strategic alliances with Iran and Turkey

By Shehab Al Makahleh Thanks to war in Syria, which turned Turkey from the state of rivalry to Iran to be a friend not only to Tehran and Beijing but also to Moscow, playing a pivotal Middle Eastern role. To diagnose how Turkish-Iranian ties affect Turkish-Chinese and Iranian-Chinese …

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Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

By Shehab Al Makahleh The West needs to understand the present connection between Jordan’s economy and its politics. Since 2011, Jordan has been facing a wide range of pressures — political, economic, demographic, security and military — due mainly to the continuing anarchy in neighboring Iraq and Syria …

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Will Russia play Iran card during Syria reconstruction talks?

By Shehab Al Makahleh After seven years of war in Syria, which has already thwarted the Chinese and the Iranian attempts to reach to the Mediterranean, Russia started planning the next phase of reconstruction process of Syria, which is estimated at $400-500 billion. Though Russia has sent its …

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Can Jordan Dismantle the “Deep State” Moguls?

By Dr. Shehab Al Makahleh Today, Jordan’s government is facing backlash after a long period of corruption labeled a “deep state” system. Citizens are organizing demonstrations rejecting federal decisions to increase taxes and impose further strict rules on the people that would negatively affect their livelihood. Recently, some political figures …

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Russia-US rivalry, a new form of non-conventional war in Europe

By Shehab Al Makahleh There are three main circles of conflict that will form the strategic world map until the middle of the 21st century – the conflict over Eastern Europe, Middle East, and the Pacific Ocean with many dramatic developments that would change the balance of power …

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Will Jordan lay off deep state figures?

  Jordan is in the heart of a tectonic region that faces increased commotion and mayhem. Syrian conflict to the north, which resulted in the influx of more than one million Syrians to Jordan, seeking shelter and security, adding further burdens to its economic predicament and security issues. …

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Reasons behind US-EU rift over Iran nuclear deal

By Shehab Al Makahleh US President Donald Trump’s pullout declaration from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran is tantamount to a declaration of war in the Middle East, which would lead to the change of the regime in Tehran. However, the EU-American rift over the deal would weaken …

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Whatever happened in Douma, an invasion is not the answer

By Maria Dubovikova Who benefits from a chemical attack such as the one reported to have taken place in Douma last weekend? Is it Russia or Syria? Hardly. It was already clear that any such attack would provoke a tough response from the US and its allies — …

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