Tag Archives: Middle East

US-China Rivalry: Gulf States Struggle to Hedge Their Bets

The Trump administration’s quest to curb relationships between its allies in the Middle East and China offers a preview of how big power rivalry in the region is likely to unfold. It also suggests the limits on the United States’ ability to reduce its commitment to regional security.

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Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Still Matters to Europe

January 16 marked the JCPOA's third birthday - will it have another one?

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An Emerging Turkey-Russia-Iran Alliance Can Reshape ME

The unusual triple alliance coming out of Syria could change the regional balance of power and unhinge NATO — if it holds together at all.

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Bulgaria: The Unforeseen Effects of EU Presidency

Bulgarian politicians and officials will have to challenge the stereotypes about Bulgaria during their six-month presidency and learn to strike coalitions in the EU.

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Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today.

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What is Important?

The poor of South Asia need compassionate consideration by their ruling elites. Spare them arrogant brinkmanship, says one analyst.

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Chahbahar And Gwadar

With free trade zones and only 72 kilometers to be inter-connected by road and rail, Chahbahar and Gwadar are complementary instead of being in competition.

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US-Saudi Ties and Middle East’s New Realities 

As Saudi Arabia embarks on a period of significant economic and foreign policy change, the United States should use all the incentives at its disposal to press for change in a progressive direction.

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Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem

The current refugee crisis is international and cannot be viewed as merely a European or Middle Eastern problem. And there are many convenient excuses for inaction or doing too little, but this is no time to shirk the responsibility of our common humanity.

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The Great Shaking Out of the ‘New Middle East’

The “great shakeout” taking place in the Middle East is a state shakeout by conservative states with conservative ideologies. Iran is not an outlier in this company. Certainly rivalry and competition are better than the wars, ethnic cleansing, flight, killing, rape, malnutrition and barbarism of the past five years.

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