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Archive for the tag “Lebanon”

Jared Kushner, Mohammed Bin Salman, And Benjamin Netanyahu Are Up To Something

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may or may not be a true reformer. His record on that score is not unequivocal. But he is determined to halt the expansion of Iranian influence, which now really does manifest itself as the Shiite crescent about which Jordan’s King Abdullah II forewarned over a decade ago.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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Dawn Of The New Iranian Empire

That Iran has not started a war in the last 200 years has become a common refrain among those who want to downplay the threat posed by the Islamic Republic. Alas, it is a false claim, but that has not diminished enthusiasm for it.

Read Here – Commentary

Iran’s Struggles On Four Fronts—And Soon, Maybe A Fifth

Nearly twelve months after Iran’s diplomatic victory with the JCPOA, Tehran is still embroiled in four different major regional conflicts, and a fifth may soon break out.

Read Here – The National Interest

The Middle East Confusion

Confused about what’s happening in the Middle East?  The Institute of Internet Diagrams has come up with the ultimate explainer in the shape of an interactive diagram that sums up the geopolitical alliances traversing this ancient region, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era.

Read Here – The Atlantic

The Great Shia-Sunni Divide

In addition to concerns about sectarian tensions, concerns about religious extremism in general also are widespread in the countries surveyed, with about two-thirds of all Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, half of all Muslims in Lebanon and roughly a quarter of all Muslims in Iran expressing worry about radical religious groups.

Read Here – Pew Research

 

Redefining Middle East Interests

Based on its actual behavior, rather than words, Washington seems to have redefined its core national interests in the Middle East a few years ago during the first term of the Barack Obama presidency, says Rami Khouri

Read Here – The Daily Star, Beirut

Redrawing A Map

A different map of the Middle East would be a strategic game changer for just about everybody, potentially reconfiguring alliances, security challenges, trade and energy flows for much of the world, too, writes Robin Wright

Read Here – The New York Times

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Obama Vs. Putin: The Great Debate

Anyone who ever worried that Barack Obama might not be Made in the USA should take comfort from his quintessentially American response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to give temporary asylum to Edward Snowden: pouting.

Read Here – Reuters

A Tale Of Four Cities

Thursday of this week was a bad day in modern Arab history. The four leading Arab cities of recent eras – Baghdad, DamascusBeirut and Cairo – were simultaneously engulfed in bombings or urban warfare, mostly carried out with brutal savagery and cruelty against civilians in urban settings. Even more problematic is that the carnage was predominantly the work of Arabs, not foreign invaders.

Read Here – The Daily Star

Building Bridges With Iran

There is a country in the Middle East where a youthful, educated and culturally Westernised population pulses with inventiveness and vitality. Its society is religious, certainly, and harbours a deeply ingrained suspicion of Britain and America, yet it also turns an implacably hostile face towards al-Qaeda’s brand of Sunni radicalism.

Read Here – The Telegraph, London

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