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Syria: Between the American anvil and the Russian hammer

Shehab Al-Makahleh It looks like that the international community has taken the final decision to put to an end the seven-year war in Syria with intensive conferences in the pipeline in November and December to reach a political settlement that secure the return of refugees to their homeland. …

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Saudi anti-corruption drive, a decisive storm to restore hope

Shehab Al-Makahleh Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, with an ambitious program, has started an “internal operation decisive storm” against corruption and extremism with an “operation to restore hope” among Saudi young people who pin high hopes on his as a young king to lead the country. Mohammad bin …

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Demise of ISIS, new Syrian constitution and future proxy wars

Shehab Al-Makahleh  In light of the fact that ISIS will be wiped out by the end of 2017 in Syria and Iraq – as confirmed by Vladimir Shamanov, former Russian Airborne Force commander and Chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee – the Middle East will enter a …

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Iraqi leaders’ visits a prelude toward internal reconciliation, regional calculations

Shehab Al-Makahleh The visits of Iraqi officials to some Arab capitals in the past few months until recently with Iraqi Shiite cleric leader, Moqtada al-Sadr who paid a visit to Jordan on October 22, 2017 represent that Iraq is heading toward internal reconciliation before moving to playing a …

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Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

Shehab Al-Makahleh Russian recent initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many queries about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between Tehran and Riyadh. The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover …

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Jordanian-Syrian parliamentary talks, a sign of rapprochement and a prelude to further breakthrough

Shehab Al Makahleh In a rare qualitative step since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, Jordanian Parliament Speaker Atif Al Tarawneh met with his Syrian counterpart Hamouda Al Sayegh in Saint Petersburg, where the 137th international parliamentary meeting is being held. Commenting on the Syrian conflict, Al Tarawneh …

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Political instability and unlikely allies in the Middle East

Shehab Al-Makahleh Political instability in the Middle East has driven some countries to rethink their strategic relations with other countries. Few days ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid an official visit to Iran, his regional rival, and in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan …

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Will the Houthis fulfill their word to target UAE with long range missiles?

By Shehab Al-Makahleh Many people were surprised by the unprecedented and violent threats that Abdul Malik al-Houthi, leader of Ansar Allah Al Houthi Movement, directed against the United Arab Emirates when he vowed to launch missile attacks against targets in the UAE and against Saudi oil targets. Abdul …

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Russia to play Middle East mediator during King Salman’s visit

Dr. Shehab Al-Makahleh  The long-awaited, historic visit of King Salman to Russia this week will demonstrate the scale of dialogue and coordination the two countries seek to achieve to strengthen their bilateral relations. The visit has great symbolism, with billboards installed in Moscow to welcome King Salman to …

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