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The Militarization Of The Red Sea

By Shehab al-Makahleh and Giorgio Cafiero The Red Sea has historically connected traders from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Today the strategically valuable body of water is vital to Sino-European trade. In recent years, several countries have established military footholds along the saltwater inlet’s African shore. …

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Russia’s vision for a new Syria to be tested in Sochi

By Maria Dubovikova Russia, Turkey and Iran — the guarantors of a cease-fire in Syria — agreed at the end of December to hold the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian resort of Sochi on Jan. 29 and 30. In their final statement, which was issued last …

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Will a new world order start taking shape in 2018?

By Shehab Al Makahleh The US National Security Strategy document, which was released on December 18, 2017, marks the completion of an important stage in international relations and balance of power in international politics. Russian military intervention in eastern and southern regions of the Mediterranean after many had …

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Jordan Caught Between Trump and a Hard Place

By Shehab Al-Makahleh and Giorgio Cafiero Jordan has been left with no choice but to oppose US President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because the issue impacts the kingdom’s security and politics. As Jordanian King Abdullah II focuses more attention on Jerusalem and the …

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Trajectories of the 2018 US policy in the Middle East

Shehab Al-Makahleh  The importance of the Middle East region for the US stems from the fact that it is part of a wider geography which includes Europe and Asia, whose security has been one of the main American concerns since the 1900s. The Middle East has been considered …

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Washington-Moscow deal to end Mideast conflict?

Shehab Al-Makahleh The international political and diplomatic scene is witnessing an escalation in political and military tensions between the US and Russia as well as their allies, which have reached a state of bellum omnium contra omnes (the war of all against all) in Syria. Since the end …

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Jordan’s parliamentary visit to Syria inevitable and a new page

By Shehab Al Makahleh At a time of growing retrenchment and economic instability, Jordan is leading a strong move nowadays, albeit belatedly, to give momentum to Arab causes as the region is heading towards very critical incidents in 2018 if friction continues at same pace of past few …

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What are the likely scenarios for the Middle East for the coming years?

Shehab Al Makahleh There is growing interest in knowing the future of the Middle East with the emergence of new crises that may ravage the entire region. There is no global peace and prosperity without the stability and security of the Middle East. This cannot be achieved in …

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Hamza bin Laden likely groomed for a senior al-Qaeda role

Shehab Al-Makahleh Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, appeared in a video broadcast by al-Qaeda’s ‘al-Sahab’ media channel in which he criticized Saudi Arabia and its alliance with the United States. This video raises many questions about the timing, the motives and future developments, as Hamza …

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