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Syria’s encrypted messages to Jordan

Regional geopolitical requirements, along with internal political and security concerns, have been the main pillars of Jordanian policy vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis. The management of security concerns associated with the growing terrorism on its northern border had become the main objective of Jordan’s foreign policy. Thus, many Jordanians …

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Saudi Arabia’s talented artists can change perceptions worldwide

Maria Dubovikova  Saudi Arabia is working hard to change the world’s perception of the Kingdom. Such a task is hard, taking into account decades of being one of the most closed countries in the world. There was hardly any positive news on the Kingdom for years. Saudi Arabia …

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Jordan’s shuttle diplomacy vital to southern Syria agreements

By Maria Dubovikova A friend of mine — a journalist at the prominent Russian newspaper Kommersant — recently wrote: “Jordan prepares the ground for the Helsinki summit.” And somehow it is true. Jordan, however, proceeds not with global charity in mind, but rather national interests that are seriously …

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How China built strategic alliances with Iran and Turkey

By Shehab Al Makahleh Thanks to war in Syria, which turned Turkey from the state of rivalry to Iran to be a friend not only to Tehran and Beijing but also to Moscow, playing a pivotal Middle Eastern role. To diagnose how Turkish-Iranian ties affect Turkish-Chinese and Iranian-Chinese …

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Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

By Shehab Al Makahleh The West needs to understand the present connection between Jordan’s economy and its politics. Since 2011, Jordan has been facing a wide range of pressures — political, economic, demographic, security and military — due mainly to the continuing anarchy in neighboring Iraq and Syria …

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Jordan, the new Mecca of the Middle East

By Dr. Shehab Al Makahleh Amman has turned out to be the magnet for western officials recently with American, Israeli, German and British officials’ visits to Jordan. White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as well as Israeli Prime …

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Will Russia play Iran card during Syria reconstruction talks?

By Shehab Al Makahleh After seven years of war in Syria, which has already thwarted the Chinese and the Iranian attempts to reach to the Mediterranean, Russia started planning the next phase of reconstruction process of Syria, which is estimated at $400-500 billion. Though Russia has sent its …

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