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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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Vladimir Putin sends message to Russia-Islamic World Conference

Russia’s message to the wider Islamic world is one of peace, cooperation and respect. By Adam Garrie •   Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan is often thought of as a symbol of conservative multiculturalism, something distinct from the radical forced acculturation which has caused social tensions …

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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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