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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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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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