• Analysis: Macron’s impossible dream in Persian Gulf region

    President Emmanuel Macron of France visited the three Persian Gulf Arab states of the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia on December 3 and 4. He arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday heading a high-ranking delegation. On Saturday, he entered Qatar and then flew to Saudi Arabia. During the three-day visit, the French leader talked to leaders of the three monarchies.

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  • Analysis: Where is new ISIS stronghold in Iraq?

    Sporadic ISIS attacks in Iraq once again caused a disaster and called the public attention to the dangers of the remnants of the terrorist group in the country. According to security officials of Iraqi Kurdistan region, on Friday, ISIS fighters kidnapped three people from a village in Erbil outskirts and then in an ambush set for the Kurdish security forces killed 13.

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  • Analysis: Alarm bells ring for UAE in Yemen war

    Following Ansarullah's recent stunning advances in Yemen's west coast and tightening the encirclement of Ma'rib, the self-confidence to press ahead with the battle against the Saudi-Emirati coalition and its mercenaries has substantially increased among the Yemeni forces...

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  • Analysis: Israeli-Emirati grim plans in Yemen’s South

    The Emirati-Israeli normalization in August 2020 substantially prepared the ground for increase of cooperation between the two sides at security and political levels in West Asia and North Africa. One of the areas of cooperation of Abu and Tel Aviv is Yemen. Recently, an officer in Yemen commanding forces loyal to the UAE met an Israeli intelligence official in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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  • Analysis: Who is hireling of Saudi game in destabilizing Lebanon?

    Three months after formation of a new government and end of the 13-month political deadlock, the Lebanese people who are fed up with the bitting economic crisis and power struggle of the political parties are looking forward to see improvement of the conditions through implementation of the government promises.

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  • Analysis

    US support mirage: Syrian Kurds making dangerous mistake sgain relying on Washington

    As the political solution to the decade-long Syrian crisis gains traction and acceleration, the Syrian Kurds become a potential crisis spot because of their geopolitical position, the conflicting interests of the foreign actors, their further power gain, their possible influence on the Kurds across West Asian states, and also sensitivities shown by the countries with Kurdish minorities.

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    Bin Zayed’s Turkey visit: Can Erdogan be optimistic about lifeline from foe amid crisis?

    While the protests around the highly luxurious palace of President Erdogan calling for his resignation over rallying prices and devaluing national currency are grabbing calm from the Turkish leader, he perhaps more than anything needs to a miracle. It is quite surprising that perhaps a large part of his hope is set to his decade-long regional rival and even foe Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

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  • Analysis - Yemen’s Al-Mahra province: From isolation to a competition point

    As the central and western Yemeni fronts are squeezing Saudi Arabia, UAE, and their mercenaries and the aggression forces sink in deepening Yemen war swamp day by day, the situation in the eastern parts of Yemen is not any better for the Saudis as Riyadh's several-year plans to get a toehold in Al-Mahra province is running into substantial challenges.

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  • Analysis: Economic crisis begins to bite in Afghanistan two months after Taliban takeover

    Taliban's takeover of Kabul on August 15 not only affected Afghanistan's politics and governance but also went far to influence the already-impoverished country's economy. Although Afghanistan faced rampant economic problems before Taliban's seizure of power, after its dominance over the country as an internationally unrecognized group, the foreign aid-reliant economy of the country more than ever went crisis-hit.

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  • Analysis;

    Iran-Azerbaijan relations: Friendly but influenced by foreign actors

    Tehran hosted a high-ranking Azerbaijani delegation on Sunday. The delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Joint State Commission on Economy, Trade, and Humanitarian Affairs of Iran and Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev. According to Azertac news agency, meetings were held between the two sides at the Iranian ministries of oil and also road and urban development, discussing outlooks for bilateral cooperation.

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  • Analysis: How would Al-Sadr’s conditions affect government formation?

    While the process of the government formation in Iraq a month after the parliamentary election remains in political gridlock as a result of the protest of a number of Shiite factions that questioned the credibility of voting and courting mechanism, now all eyes are on the stances of Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sadrist Movement and Saerun parliamentary coalition which holds the majority with 73 seats.

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  • Analysis: What’s Behind Hamas blacklisting by Britain?

    The British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday announced that London added Palestinian movement Hamas to its terror blacklist and that anybody who supports the movement would break the law and be subject to legal actions including prison sentence for over 10 years. The move drew widespread reactions from a variety of political circles and public. But what are the goals behind it?

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  • Analysis - Turkish Lira slump: Erdogan’s achilles heel and unsolved interest rate riddle

    The Turkish national currency lira price slump set a new record following remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about interest rate cuts and implementation of his monetary orders by the central bank. While the central bank was struggling to keep the market on 10 liras for each US dollar, on Friday each dollar was dealt 11.118 liras, the lowest price of the national currency against dollar in the whole history of the modern Turkey.

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  • Analysis: Last US hope to stay in Iraq apparently forlorn

    While in the last round of the strategic talks between Baghdad and Washington on July 26, the two sides announced they agreed on the American withdrawal from Iraq by year's end, recently the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dana Stroul told Aljazeera that the Iraqi government urged the American forces to stay in Iraq.

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  • Analysis: What’s driving UAE show of will to defuse tensions with Iran?

    After a period of intense competition among regional powers in West Asia and North Africa, things seem to be moving to calm and de-escalation, where diplomacy finds chance to show up and play a role. Meanwhile, in a move apparently motivated by the new regional conditions, the UAE said it plans to engage in efforts to improve relations with Iran.

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  • Analysis: What’s sparking Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes on first war anniversary?

    Tensions resurfaced between Azerbaijan and Armenia this week on the first anniversary of a ceasefire between the neighbors following death of three Azerbaijani soldiers who were reportedly by killed a suicide attack at a checkpoint in Karabkah region. Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating the November 9, 2020 peace deal that followed over a month of fierce clashes.

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  • Analysis - Iran-Turkey long-term cooperation roadmap: requirements, interests

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Iran in Monday for an official visit and meetings with Iranian officials. He met with his Iranian counterpart Hussein Amir-Abdullahian and also President Sayyed Ibrahim Raeisi. The visit to Tehran of the top Turkish diplomat came as over the past few years differences have been overshadowing the Iranian-Turkish relations.

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  • Analysis: Can Paris conference help Libya hold election, end crisis?

    Less than six weeks to the Libyan presidential election, Paris hosted a conference on Libya with the presence of many actors with interests and influence in the North African country. The conference is aimed at offering international support to continuation of political power transition and arrangement of election in due time.

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