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Jordan pays price for advocating peace in Syria, defending Jerusalem identity

Shehab Al Makahleh Many Jordanians believe that what has happened thus far in Al-Fuhais and Al-Salt is to dissuade Jordanian leadership from proceeding further with advocating a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and to deter Jordan’s leadership from defending the right of Arabs and Muslims in Jerusalem. …

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Prospects of US-Iran talks now more remote than ever

By Maria Dubovikova The US on Tuesday reimposed the first segment of economic sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump gave carte blanche for America to exercise more pressure on the Iranian government. This is in order to get it to return to the negotiating table and reconsider new articles and amendments to …

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The new Syria amidst conflicting regional, international interests

By Shehab Al Makahleh On August 2, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters: “From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule.” This is rather noteworthy at this time that …

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Russia ups its game with players in Syria

By Maria Dubovikova The international movement around Syria involving Moscow is getting more intense. Meetings and phone conversations between Moscow and Tel Aviv are becoming more than regular after Russia fulfilled its promise to guarantee the presence of the Syrian Army in the South, on the borders with …

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The new frontiers of political and strategic technology: the future technological singularity

By Giancarlo Elia Valori To put it in a generic but understandable way, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technologically mediated ability (but always present in a digital computer or in a computer-controlled robot)  to carry out activities usually typical of an intelligent being. In this case, the intelligence …

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To understand Russia, start by listening to it

By  Maria Dubovikova What is Russian strategy? And where is it headed? The lack of clear answers to these questions sparks the paranoia and phobias that dominate Western relations with Russia. Before the 1990s, the Soviet Union had a certain ideology, clear goals and distinct interests that were …

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A productive meeting for Syria

By Maria Dubovikova Negotiations over Syria are back on track following last week’s meeting in Sochi, brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran. It was the 10th round of the Astana format, and was attended by UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees …

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Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

T he 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 that has driven …

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Is the world ready for eco-refugee waves?

By Shehab Al Makahleh The upshots of ecological changes may cause the movement of more than 25-30 million people in the coming decade. How can this be handled? It is known that ecology‐correlated security challenges are intercontinental in form, driving many countries to progressively hinge on international organizations …

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