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What are the likely scenarios for the Middle East for the coming years?

Shehab Al Makahleh There is growing interest in knowing the future of the Middle East with the emergence of new crises that may ravage the entire region. There is no global peace and prosperity without the stability and security of the Middle East. This cannot be achieved in …

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China’s new role in Syria

Maria Dubovikova What is China’s incentive for a greater involvement in Syria? The new Chinese involvement in Syria would lead to a further competition between the Washington and Beijing. China will deploy troops in Syria as Beijing is very concerned about the amounting number of militants of Chinese-origin …

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The Future of Incirlik Air Base

Despite the sweltering Turkish summer, American pilots shopped for handsewn leather jackets at Pop’s Leather. Sitting on the edge of the NATO airbase at Incirlik, Pops is just one of many businesses that have for decades depended upon American clientele. Today, they receive nary a visitor says Shafak Acikgoz …

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If US shifts airbase to Jordan can China fill the void for Doha?

Shehab Al-Makahleh Will the US move its major airbase in Qatar (al-Udeid) to another in Jordan’s Azraq city and will China replace the US airbase in Doha? A report in the US military’s daily Stars and Stripes claims that the Pentagon wants to pump in $143 million into …

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Russia’s Arms Sales to Middle East Countries Spike to Record-High Levels

Andrei Akulov Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015. The total order tally is $113.8 billion in orders. It …

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Turkey to Develop Own Air Defense System

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Thursday that his country, in collaboration with France and Italy, is working on joint production of air defense systems, as it seeks to manufacture its own equipment. “Along with [Russian] S-400, we plan a joint [with France and Italy] elaboration of SAMP/T air …

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Conflict around the DPRK is beneficial to the US arms lobby

Deputy head of the international Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexey Chepa, told RIA Novosti: “The issue of North Korea would not be solved through the pressure on Pyongyang, there is need for diplomatic negotiations, however, it is beneficial for some circles in the United States to …

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Demise of ISIS, new Syrian constitution and future proxy wars

Shehab Al-Makahleh  In light of the fact that ISIS will be wiped out by the end of 2017 in Syria and Iraq – as confirmed by Vladimir Shamanov, former Russian Airborne Force commander and Chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee – the Middle East will enter a …

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Jordan expects Astana talks to lead to the Syrian crisis settlement

(Amman) “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is concerned about the recent developments in Syria especially in southern parts of the country, which is close to Jordan,” a senior Jordanian official told Geostrategic Media. He added that the upcoming Astana conference on Syria will be including Saudi Arabia and …

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