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Syria’s Opposition Prepares for the Next Phase: A Long-Term Insurgency

Syria’s Opposition Prepares for the Next Phase: A Long-Term Insurgency

Russia’s tactics in Syria are clear: Get as much as possible, then negotiate. After brutal attacks on Aleppo, starving the population of the eastern quarters, bombarding them mercilessly and refusing all attempts made by Secretary Kerry to start negotiations, they ...

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Iran Prepares for Donald Trump

Iran Prepares for Donald Trump

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the United States Senate, by a unanimous vote of 99-0, extended the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act for another ten years. Two weeks earlier, the United States House of Representatives had voted 419-1 on the same ...

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Can Trump Work with Putin and Confront Khamenei at the Same Time?

Can Trump Work with Putin and Confront Khamenei at the Same Time?

The Kremlin has confirmed December 6 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had Russia’s special envoy on Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, who recently visited Iran, to deliver a “confidential” letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “I can confirm the submission of the ...

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Saudi-Egyptian Disputes: Impact on Middle East Security

Saudi-Egyptian Disputes: Impact on Middle East Security

While the GCC leaders, except Oman, are expected to take a historical step to enhance the internal cohesion of their joint entity, Muscat is not the only regional country that was expected to be present but was excluded. Egypt is ...

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