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Is Saudi-Iranian De-escalation Possible?

Is Saudi-Iranian De-escalation Possible?

Is Saudi-Iranian de-escalation possible? The short answer is yes, but how? In general, there are two classical approaches. The first is to start from below, that is from disengaging the two regional powers in places where their proxies fight each ...

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Putin’s Game Plan in the Middle East

Putin’s Game Plan in the Middle East

It is worth taking time to reflect back on the events of the period since Russia’s heavy-handed intervention in Syria last fall until the failed Russia-US diplomatic effort to reach a political solution there. This period represents an important transitional ...

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Washington Ponders Russia’s Next Moves in Syria

Washington Ponders Russia’s Next Moves in Syria

Officials from the Pentagon and the National Security Council are closely watching for signs of what Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to do next in Syria. In mid-May, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called on the United States to join ...

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Fallujah, Manbij, and Mosul: What Will ISIL Do After Its Defeat?

Fallujah, Manbij, and Mosul: What Will ISIL Do After Its Defeat?

It is clear that ISIL is being squeezed on all fronts. In Iraq, the battle of Fallujah is raging, with ISIL’s only prospects lying in inflicting maximum damage to the attackers before all its fighters are killed. Afterward, the offensive ...

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