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Five scenarios that could develop in the coming year

By Seth Frantzman The United States is considering reducing or ending its presence in Syria, according to President Donald Trump. In Ohio last week Trump said, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like very soon.” According to CNN, he told advisers in February that America must achieve victory …

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Lebanese Parliamentary Coming Elections: A Gigantic Political Rivalry

By Sondoss Al Assaad The Lebanese constitution stipulates that the parliamentary electoral process take place every four years; however, the political unrest during the recent years has delayed this election, rankling voters and galvanizing a campaign to change electoral laws. Per Lebanon’s constitution, it is committed that the …

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The impact of Pyongyang-Washington talks on Tehran

By Shehab Al-Makahleh From March 25 to 28, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a sudden visit which surprised the world; however, some world leaders and heads of states have lauded the visit as a step towards defusing tension between North Korea and the US. The United Nations …

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Three Objectives for the Trump-Kim Summit

By Martin Navias  Should President Trump meet Kim Jong-un as planned, there are three key but achievable objectives that President Trump’s team should emphasize. These objectives fall short of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but North Korea will never surrender its nuclear weapons or its ballistic missiles …

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Does the Saudi Crown Prince’s Rosy Rhetoric Indicate Real Change?

By Zvi  Bar’el In the interview that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted to The Atlantic, there were many questions that were not asked The great excitement over the remarks of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is understandable. Finally, after more than a century since the …

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Bin Salman seeks US approval by sucking up to Israel

By Abdel Bari Atwan A close reading of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin-Salman’s lengthy interview with The Atlanticleaves the impression that it is the most important and significant he has yet given  — not just because of the new attitudes and information it revealed, but also in terms of the …

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April Arab Summit decisive and at critical time

By Shehab Al Makahleh The 29th Arab League Summit which will be held in Riyadh on April 15th is taking place at volatile Arab and international atmospheres, amid sharp Arab divisions and disagreements. In the midst of various dangers the Arab countries are facing due to the repercussions …

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The Pentagon plan to ‘divide and rule’ the Muslim world

By Nafeez Ahmad Yemen is the latest casualty of a neoconservative strategy commissioned by the US Army to ‘capitalise on Sunni-Shia conflict’ in the Middle East – the goal is nothing short of ‘Western dominance’ Yemen is on the brink of “total collapse” according to the UN high commissioner for …

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Competing powers unable to find a cure for ‘sick man’

By Maria Dubovikova The paradoxes between the strategic priorities of global and regional powers are an inherent trait of Middle Eastern conflicts. This was clear when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said last month: “The priorities of Western countries are contrary to those of the countries of the region. Therefore, the process of finding solutions …

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