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Trump’s Historic Visit to Saudi Arabia Sparks Fears of More Wars in the Middle East

Will Trump dismantle Obama’s agenda in the Middle East? By Shehab Al Makahleh • The US president Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh this Friday in his first foreign trip which also includes visits to Israel, the Vatican and the NATO summit in Brussels few …

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Strategic Importance of ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria for Global Anti-Terrorist Fight

By Shehab Al Makahleh • Recent ceasefire agreement reached by representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey ― as guarantors ― on establishment of four ‘safe zones’ in Syria, during latest round of Astana peace talks on May 4, has an important strategic aspect to it, especially from the military …

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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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