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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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Whatever happened in Douma, an invasion is not the answer

By Maria Dubovikova Who benefits from a chemical attack such as the one reported to have taken place in Douma last weekend? Is it Russia or Syria? Hardly. It was already clear that any such attack would provoke a tough response from the US and its allies — …

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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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