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Disputes over Iraq and Syria: Strategies and ramifications

Shehab Al Makahleh Disputes in the Middle East cannot be resolved unilaterally. They can only be tackled collectively, through integrated regional and international cooperation. This applies to challenges such as the Palestinian cause, terrorism, Arab-Iranian conflict and other lesser predicaments. Some political observers believe that the Arab-Iranian dispute …

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Why sanctions against Russia do not work?

By Shehab Al-Makahleh Economic and financial sanctions have become a major policy tool nowadays against countries that are deemed militarily powerful. Thus, any use of military force would lead to regional or world war such as in the case of North Korea and Russia. The targeted sanctions aim …

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The significance of the upcoming Iraqi elections

By Maria Dubovikova Campaigning began on Saturday ahead of the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which will be held on May 12. Some 7,000 candidates have registered to stand and will compete for 329 parliamentary seats. But how will the elections affect Iraq’s relations with its Arab neighbors? For the …

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Turkey’s rapprochement with Iran, tactical or strategic?

By Shehab Al Makahleh At a time when relations between the traditional rivals of the US and Russia do not seem well with so many complicated files including the Syrian cause, Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has been trying to walk on the Russian and American tight ropes, …

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Jordan Between Regional Threats and Internal Pressures: The Economic Key

By Shehab Al Makahleh Jordan’s King Abdullah II came to power in February 1999 in the aftermath of King Hussein. For the past nineteen years of his rule, he has kept the kingdom stable, despite the hardships and challenges that the whole Middle East region is undergoing, ranging …

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How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a Global Rivalry Over the Seas

By Alfred McCoy  Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so …

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Lebanese Parliamentary Coming Elections: A Gigantic Political Rivalry

By Sondoss Al Assaad The Lebanese constitution stipulates that the parliamentary electoral process take place every four years; however, the political unrest during the recent years has delayed this election, rankling voters and galvanizing a campaign to change electoral laws. Per Lebanon’s constitution, it is committed that the …

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The impact of Pyongyang-Washington talks on Tehran

By Shehab Al-Makahleh From March 25 to 28, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a sudden visit which surprised the world; however, some world leaders and heads of states have lauded the visit as a step towards defusing tension between North Korea and the US. The United Nations …

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Three Objectives for the Trump-Kim Summit

By Martin Navias  Should President Trump meet Kim Jong-un as planned, there are three key but achievable objectives that President Trump’s team should emphasize. These objectives fall short of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but North Korea will never surrender its nuclear weapons or its ballistic missiles …

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