Conflict

Iraqi President speaks of Political Conflicts

2021-01-02

The president of Iraq, Barham Salih, called for not to involve governmental employees....

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Divided We Stand

2020-10-25

With America heading for one of the most fraught and potentially disastrous presidential elections in its history, it is difficult to see how such a deeply polarized ...

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Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options

2020-10-01

Although halting the escalation of militia attacks on American personnel is crucial, simply evacuating the Baghdad embassy and downscaling the bilateral relationship would allow Iran to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

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The New Three-Dimensional Political Situation in Iraq: An Iraqi Point of View

2020-05-30

These developments come after important events in the political scene during the past two years. The most important of which is Irans loss of its soft power, which has long helped it win the Shiite street in Iraq.

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COVID-19 will prolong conflict in the Middle East

2020-04-29

The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the Middle East. Since the U.S.-led international coalition secured the territorial defeat of ISIS three years ago, the region is still struggling to achieve lasting peace.

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New American Military Tactics

2020-03-19

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Will an attack on Turkish troops in Syria change the course of the war?

2020-03-02

The battle for Idlib is raising fears of a big-power conflict

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How Deep Is Anti-Iranian Sentiment in Iraq?

2019-11-24

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

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Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show

2019-10-26

Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.

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Russia Will Not Allow Turkey to Attack Syria, Sends in Troops to Front Lines

2019-10-16

Russia has warned it would prevent Turkey from attacking Syrian troops after the U.S. withdrew from a looming clash between rival ...

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Much More Than a Border

2019-09-16

Albukamal and Qaim lie on a Syrian-Iraqi boundary that has had regional implications for decades.

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Where the Periphery Dominates

2019-07-21

After the defeat of the Islamic State, the balance of power in Iraqs Nineveh Governorate is changing.

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China Threatens American Defense with Rare Earth Embargo

2019-06-17

Throughout history certain metals have been critical for defense. During the Greek era, it was bronze. During the Roman Empire, it was iron. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, it was copper.

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South China Sea Issue is Heating Up

2018-06-10

The United States and China disagree on ownership of the South China Sea region

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IS THE F-35 FIGHTER THE NEXT TARGET OF SYRIAN AIR DEFENCE?

2018-02-20

Israelis claimed that Israeli jets were scrambled in response to an Iranian drone launched into Israeli airspace

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Christians and Yazidis see a bleak future in a proposed independent Kurdish state

2017-10-12

Bashiqa has become the focus of a tug of war between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish region

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What the UAE fears most: Democracy

2017-08-27

The Emiratis can intervene in the regions conflicts, install dictators, and arrange coups. They can apply maximum force. They will never, however, govern with consent

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Salman vs Nayef: Rumours and ramblings in Saudi's game of thrones

2017-06-18

Whispers abound about power grabs, comebacks and plots in the Saudi royal family. If they happen, they will have serious repercussions beyond the kingdom

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