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Facing Sanctions, Iran Pioneers Framework For Cooperation With Russia, China And India

With Iran’s convening of its first “Regional Security Dialogue” summit in late September 2018 with deputy national security advisors from Russia, China, and India, Tehran has taken a significant step toward creating a multilateral framework for Eurasian security cooperation in the face of renewed U.S. sanctions.  Ostensibly devoted to combatting terrorism in Afghanistan, the summit’s concluding declaration indicates a wide-sweeping stabilisation agenda extending from Syria eastward to include all of Central Asia.

Read Here – Daily News

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Khashoggi Murder Further Complicates ‘Arab NATO’ Plan

President Donald Trump’s strategy to contain Iranian power in the Middle East by forging Arab allies into a U.S.-backed security alliance was in trouble even before the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Now, three U.S. sources said, the plan faces fresh complications.

Read Here – Reuters

US Renews Iran Sanctions; India, China Get Oil Waivers

The United States snapped sanctions back in place to choke Iran’s oil and shipping industries, while temporarily allowing top customers such as India and China to keep buying crude from the Islamic Republic. Having abandoned a 2015 Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump is trying to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its missile and nuclear programmes, but also diminish its influence in the Middle East.

Read Here – Mint

Regional Risks Of Rising U.S.-Iran Rivalry

The U.S. is pursuing a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran that includes the re-imposition of key energy and banking sanctions. With Tehran refusing to capitulate over its nuclear program or regional policies, the U.S.-Iran rivalry could escalate across the region.

Read Here – International Crisis Group

What’s at Stake For Erdogan In The Khashoggi Affair?

In fact, the Khashoggi crisis has proved an unexpected opportunity for Turkey. At a time when its reputation has been tarnished by the jailing of journalists and the violation of other human rights, Erdogan has won praise for highlighting Khashoggi’s plight. And by leaking evidence of Saudi official complicity, including by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he has dealt a major blow to Turkey’s historic rival and driven a wedge between Washington and Riyadh.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

The Real Problem With The Saudi’s ‘Davos In The Desert’

It was always hard to see why a semi-medieval Middle Eastern autocracy reliant on a single fossil fuel was the best place to discuss any of those issues. And it is just as hard to believe the world will be worse off for not hearing what the IMF’s Christine Lagarde or J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon think about them.

Read Here – The Spectator

Machiavellian Lessons From The Saudi And Russian Assassination Debacles

Whether or not Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical attack on Sergey Skripal or Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a hit-squad to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi, these rulers clearly share Machiavelli’s view of politics as a harsh and often deadly battleground, and they have not hesitated to employ brutal tactics in Chechnya, Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, and elsewhere.

Read Here – The National Interest

Bowing to the Saudis Is A U.S. Presidential Tradition That Goes Back To FDR

Donald Trump’s handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s apparently brutal murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is not the first time that an American president has had to maneuver between our economic interests and purported U.S. values.

Read Here – Daily Beast

Saudi Arabia Has ‘No Intention’ Of Repeating 1973 Oil Embargo

Saudi Arabia has rejected suggestions that it may restrict global oil supply in response to international pressure over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul. Asked whether there could be a repetition of the 1973 oil embargo when Saudi Arabia and its allies cut off oil supplies to the United States, the kingdom’s energy minister Khalid Al Falih said: “There is no intention.”

Read Here – CNN

Also Read: How the Khashoggi case and its fallout is affecting global business

What The Israelis And Jordanians Would Teach Saudi Intelligence Officers

Saudi Arabia should send its GID intelligence service officers to train in Israel and Jordan. Because even aside from its immorality and unjustifiable risks, the Saudi intelligence operation to kidnap or kill Jamal Khashoggi was an unmitigated debacle.

Read Here – Washington Examiner

Also Read: For Jamal Khashoggi, There Is No Robert Mueller

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