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Russia ready to supply Turkey with S-400, but why does Turkey need it?

By Shehab Al Makahleh |  Few days ago Russian president Putin stated Russia’s readiness to supply Turkey with advanced S-400 air defense systems. Turkey’s spat with the EU and growing discord with the NATO may be reason behind Turkey’s demand for Russian weapons. For its Arab neighbors the …

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Jordan Not to Send Any Troops to Syria

By Shehab Al Makahleh Jordan’s official stance regarding Syrian conflict supports peaceful resolution, yet reports have appeared in the media claiming that the kingdom is readying for a ground invasion of Syria. As “Eager Lion” military exercises in Jordan this year coincided with the intensified anti-terrorist fighting along …

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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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