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A Glimpse on International Oil Markets
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Abdolreza Ghofrani
Though, the importance of Middle East and its rich oil resources and in spite of developing new sources of energy in other parts of the world, US and other major oil consumers will not easily  leave this important and strategic region alone. As already mentioned, since the world oil markets are the most unstable one, so all oil rich regions of the world are always vitally needed for the consumers, particularly those in the West. 

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From Moscow’s Perspective, Iran Needs Russia More Than Russia Needs Iran
Monday, August 29, 2016

Mark N. Katz
From Moscow’s viewpoint, Russia and Iran share two important common interests in the Middle East: both oppose the increase of American influence, and both also oppose the rise of Sunni jihadist forces. If anything, though, Moscow fears the rise of Sunni jihadists more than American influence. So while Moscow considers Shi’a Iran a strong ally against the Sunni jihadists, it also sees all other Middle Eastern actors that oppose this force as partners—including Israel, the military-backed Sisi government in Egypt, various Kurdish forces, and  the Erdogan government in Turkey (especially after the failed coup attempt).

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Impotent Rage of Washington
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Said AlKhalaki
The US and its allies have once again demonstrated that their foreign policy is not aimed at resolving the long-term Syrian crisis but boosting their own interests in the region. Washington not only provides military assistance to so-called moderate Syrian opposition, that has been repeatedly condemned for war crimes, but also launched information offensive against its geopolitical rivals in the Middle East, Russia and Iran, who successfully fight against terrorism in Syria.

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Erdogan in Russia—No Turning Point
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Graham E. Fuller
Barely more than a few weeks after the failed coup in Turkey, President Erdogan surprised the world by turning up for a meeting in Saint Petersburg with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Many observers in the West view the event darkly, as a sign that perhaps Erdogan is now making a strategic about-face to embrace Russia. This meeting, while coming fast on the heels of the coup, does not really represent a great surprise and should not be viewed as some sinister new departure in Turkey’s strategic posture.

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US and the Failed Turkish Coup
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Although the US has adamantly denied any role in the coup and President Obama has stood behind a tall wall of denial, there is a growing consensus in Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East that the US engineered the coup, not so much to dethrone but rather to weaken Erdogan and to put a qualitative brake on his omnibus of new Syrian policy. 

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Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish
Monday, August 8, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
The Middle East remains of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found in the recent developments an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different approach: soft power. It is obvious that such forces have found in soft power an efficient tool that can achieve what tanks and jets failed to do. In this article, two soft power models in the Middle East are assessed and analysed: Iran and Oman.

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Yemen: Political Negotiations Halted, Humanitarian Crisis Continues
Saturday, August 6, 2016

René Wadlow
On Saturday, 6 August, the political negotiations to stop the armed conflict in Yemen came to a halt − not a great surprise but a bad sign nevertheless for the many Yemeni suffering. 

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How Will Turkey’s Failed Coup and Massive Purge Affect Its Economic Future
Monday, July 25, 2016

Nader Habibi
These are positive steps that will benefit Turkish economy in the long run although the terrorism risks to tourism and investor confidence that existed before the coup are likely to continue in the new environment as well. However, the government must also be very mindful of how its cultural, political and security decisions in response to the coup will affect the economy.

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Armed Drones: President Obama's Favorite Weapon
Sunday, July 24, 2016

President Barack Obama has received much credit for drawing down American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, but less attention has been paid to his administration's embrace of armed drones. 

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Turkey: Attempted Coup and the Future Of Erdogan
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Without knowing much about the identity of the Turkish coup leaders, it is fairly certain that irrespective of their likely failed attempt, they have delivered a stunning blow to the presidency of Mr. Erdogan, who must now reckon with deep fissures within the country’s armed forces, which has a long tradition of political interventions.

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