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Is the world ready for eco-refugee waves?

By Shehab Al Makahleh The upshots of ecological changes may cause the movement of more than 25-30 million people in the coming decade. How can this be handled? It is known that ecology‐correlated security challenges are intercontinental in form, driving many countries to progressively hinge on international organizations …

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Jordan Navigates Border Trade, Pressures from Syria

By Dr. Shehab Al Makahleh Of all the bilateral ties between Arab states, the Jordanian-Syrian relationship has been among the most intense. Various gradations of reciprocal unfriendliness and even open animosity have characterized the two countries’ ties since the 1970s, reflecting the rise of the Ba’ath party and …

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Jordan’s shuttle diplomacy vital to southern Syria agreements

By Maria Dubovikova A friend of mine — a journalist at the prominent Russian newspaper Kommersant — recently wrote: “Jordan prepares the ground for the Helsinki summit.” And somehow it is true. Jordan, however, proceeds not with global charity in mind, but rather national interests that are seriously …

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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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