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Gas and oil diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean prelude to regional war

The Middle East has undergone major vicissitudes following the “Arab Spring” demonstrations. The Mideast is one of the most important regions in the world and the stability of which is mandatory to peace and stability in the world. Since 2011, the Middle East has entered a state of …

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Turkish foreign policy: From defensive to offensive

Shehab Al-Makahleh Turkey has sought to exploit the Qatar dispute with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to grab a historic opportunity in the region. The dreams of a strong, regional Turkey necessitates great financial capabilities that cannot be achieved in light of the decline of the …

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Jordan’s foreign policy message from Davos

Shehab Al-Makahleh It is palpable that a nation’s foreign policy mirrors its political leaders’ perspectives and views. These are a product of internal and external factors that influence political orientations in relations with other countries and international organizations. Jordan, like other Mideast countries, has always been inclined to …

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Jordan’s geopolitical options

By Shehab Makahleh, Alex Vatanka The Kingdom of Jordan, a long-time U.S. ally in the Middle East, is looking to reorient its regional policies. This shift is not only significant for Washington to monitor but has already alarmed Saudi Arabia, the historic cornerstone of Jordanian foreign policy. With Jordan engaged …

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American options in Syria: Time for John Kerry’s ‘Plan B?’

Shehab Al-Makahleh It is apparent that Washington has various stances on Syria during the coming period. The first is that its foreign policy is still vague, it has targeted the Syrian army many times. The second trend is the role-play that Russia and Iran master when it comes …

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The Gulf region’s evolving military balance since 1991

Shehab Al-Makahleh January 17th marks the 26th anniversary of the First Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces. On this day in 1991, the United States has led a coalition against Iraqi by launching a massive military operation that paved the way for shaping a new world …

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US National Security Strategy: Facta, Non Verba

Shehab Al-Makahleh By using a geostrategic approach that combines old rhetoric with the status quo, US President Trump’s new “National Security Strategy” (NSS) which was published on December 18, 2017, seems to raise many questions that match the number of answers he provides on how his administration conducts …

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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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