Tag Archives: Middle East

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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Saudi Arabia is Simmering at Home?

To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the kingdom is under constant threat from Iran. But graver threats of their own making lurk at home. Opinion-makers in Saudi Arabia itself have a different narrative about the growing instability in the region. Here is what they argue.

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The Moral Hazard of the US-Israel Relationship

The US has little ability to curtail, let alone stop, Israel's expansion into the West Bank. It will complain and threaten certain actions to the UN or the International Criminal Court (ICC). All of these will be to no avail, certainly not during the remainder of President Barack Obama's term, says one analyst.

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Causes and Consequences of Plunge in Oil Prices

While volatility in oil markets will likely persist, prices are expected to remain soft over the next few years. The declining prices present a unique window of opportunity to reform inefficient fossil fuel subsidies everywhere, says a new World Bank estimate.

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The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics.

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Keystone Pipeline Veto: Politics or Real Policy?

A roundtable of energy experts weigh in on the significance of Obama’s veto — the economics, the politics and the environment — as well as what’s next.

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The US Congress, Israel and the Middle East

Congress's embrace of Israel may result in the scuttling of the nuclear negotiations and worsening relations with Iran that could result in widening turmoil, war and terrorism throughout the Middle East, including the strategic Persian Gulf, especially Afghanistan, in addition to Central Asia.

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The New Russia, the New Ukraine, and Europe’s Future

A stable international order requires a hegemonic power or powers to contain conflicts. As the West has turned inwards, emerging regional powers have tried to fill the vacuum and conflicts have festered, says George Soros.

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Dangers of Journalism’s New Age

One of three Al Jazeera journalists has been released from Egypt, and about time too. No such luck for the other two, however, who remain behind bars. Their continuing plight illustrates just how dangerous journalism can be in unstable countries, and how much more dangerous it can be when the line between politics and publication is blurred.

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Presence of ISIL in Afghanistan and Central Asia

Currently, ISIL does not seem to be operating in Afghanistan or Central Asian countries; yet, all necessary measures should be taken by the regional governments to take away the hope of ISIL surviving in the region.

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