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Iranian Presidential Elections Potential to Upend the Middle East Political Landscape

The outcome of the forthcoming Iranian presidential elections will have significant effects on the country’s internal affairs, as well as its relations with major regional and global powers. By Shehab Al Makahleh • Iranian 12th presidential elections on May 19th will determine the next president of the largest Persian …

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Moscow at the Center of Middle Eastern Affairs

By Shehab Al Makahleh • On April 20th 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss a number of bilateral issues, with special attention given to the fight against international terrorism “in the context of Syrian settlement”, …

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Russia, Iran, Syria ― Together Against Washington’s ‘Great Middle East Project’

By Shehab Al-Makahleh • Responding to Trump’s cruise missiles attack on Syrian Shayrat airbase, the tripartite meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Syria was held today in Moscow. The meeting ended with a resounding ‘no’ to the Washington’s ‘Great Middle East Project’, and with equally resounding confirmation …

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United States “Within an Inch” of Military Conflict With Russia

By Shehab Al-Makahleh • In the immediate aftermath of the US strike on the Syrian Shayrat airbase Russian President Putin called the attack a violation of the international law, which was shortly followed by the Russian Defense Ministry announcing suspension of the memorandum on air safety in Syria reached with the …

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Arab Leaders Try to Get Trump’s Attention

By Shehab Al-Makahleh • Eager to unlock the door to US-Arab cooperation on tackling regional issues following decades of disappointment with Washington’s lack of understanding of their concerns, three Arab leaders are engaging US President Donald Trump’s new administration over the next month. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met …

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