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To understand Russia, start by listening to it

By  Maria Dubovikova What is Russian strategy? And where is it headed? The lack of clear answers to these questions sparks the paranoia and phobias that dominate Western relations with Russia. Before the 1990s, the Soviet Union had a certain ideology, clear goals and distinct interests that were …

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A productive meeting for Syria

By Maria Dubovikova Negotiations over Syria are back on track following last week’s meeting in Sochi, brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran. It was the 10th round of the Astana format, and was attended by UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees …

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Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

T he 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 that has driven …

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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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