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The Bi-Polar Nature of the Transitional Phases in Iraq and Syria

The Bi-Polar Nature of the Transitional Phases in Iraq and Syria

While Syria’s ceasefire is slowly unfolding as expected, it is fair to say that the general fight against ISIL, which has two parallel tracks: military and political, is facing serious obstacle on both tracks at present. Yet, we do not ...

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The Death Sentence of a Businessman in Iran: The beginning of Factional War?

The Death Sentence of a Businessman in Iran: The beginning of Factional War?

Sentencing Babak Zanjani to death in Tehran March 5 does not necessarily mean an all-out war between the reformists and the Iranian IRGC. Taking the harsh sentence as a beginning of an open fight between the corrupt militarized “public sector” ...

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Turkey and Iran: The Seduction Game

Turkey and Iran: The Seduction Game

There are already timid signs that the regional tension in the Middle East may have already passed its peak. The fact that Syria’s ceasefire is still holding, at least in some areas, is definitely one of them. Another is the ...

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Putin is Facing Looming Deadline in Syria

Putin is Facing Looming Deadline in Syria

Two events this week that took place far away from the Syrian cockpit underscore why Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a hurry to successfully resolve the Syrian war. First, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove (USAF) testified at budget hearings ...

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