Saudi Arabia & GCC

Will an assertive Iran turn out to be Trump’s greatest challenge?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The White House readout of US President Donald Trump’s phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted that the latter “thanked” Trump for his...

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Turkey

The Turkish-Chinese Strategic Partnership Is Stronger Than Ever Before

Andrew Korybko | The Turkish Foreign Minister trumpeted his country’s strategic relations with China after a meeting with his counterpart on the sidelines of last weekend’s ASEAN Summit. As reported...

Iran

Will an assertive Iran turn out to be Trump’s greatest challenge?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The White House readout of US President Donald Trump’s phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted that the latter “thanked” Trump for his...

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Syria & Middle East

Islamic

Where is Islamic State’s Caliphate now?

News Analysis | In mid-July 2016, the Iraqi government forces declared victory over the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in the hard-fought battle of Mosul. The beleaguered group was completely annihilated in the historic city. The group’s de-facto capital, Raqqa, is also under siege by the US...
Beijing

The Damascus-Beijing bond: An emerging alliance

News Analysis | The Syrian quagmire is attracting the attention of many players in the game. The conflict has further exacerbated crises in the volatile Middle East. Amid uncertainty over the future, Beijing and Damascus are already discussing the post war scenario, one that will...
Qatar

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing line

James M. Dorsey | A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two- month-old Gulf crisis. Taken together with the almost simultaneous announcement of the milestone transfer...

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