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Will the Seven-Day Ceasefire in Syria Work?

Will the Seven-Day Ceasefire in Syria Work?

Is a seven-day ceasefire really worth all this fuss? Well, certainly not for Syrians. It is clear to almost everyone that the Kerry-Lavrov deal has little to do with Syria. For if any two countries are active in a regional ...

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The Myth of the Russia-China Axis and the Middle East

The Myth of the Russia-China Axis and the Middle East

It is ironic that Russia’s supporters in the West are allied with Russia’s detractors in warning of an emerging Russia-China axis. The first camp wants to push the US to offer more concessions to Moscow in order to “lure it ...

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Russian Authorities Bracing for Terror Upsurge

Russian Authorities Bracing for Terror Upsurge

On July 15, 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu delivered a candid warning to regional security services: Be prepared for a major upsurge in terrorism, directed in particular at the Caucasus region of southern Russia, between the Black Sea and Caspian ...

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GCC-Iran Relations: How the US Can Improve Regional Security

GCC-Iran Relations: How the US Can Improve Regional Security

It is a common belief that the Iranian nuclear deal was transactional rather than transformational. In other words, it was a give-and-take deal: Iran gives up critical components of its nuclear program and takes in return sanctions-free relations with the ...

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