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Vladimir Putin Takes Spotlight as Eurasia Connector

At his trademark annual year-end press conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again let drop selected foreign-policy nuggets essential to understanding what lies ahead on the turbulent Eurasian geopolitical chessboard. By now it’s well known that Putin will run again in the presidential elections scheduled for March 18 (“it will be self-nomination” and …

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Israel Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Mediate Palestine Peace Talks

Saudi newspapers have reported that Israel has invited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to their country to lead peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine as a sign of the rapidly warming relations between the Gulf Kingdom and the Jewish State. In a first-ever for Jerusalem-Riyadh relations, an Israeli minister gave an interview to a Saudi media outlet …

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Israeli-Saudi Clash with Iran on Syrian Soil is Pretty Much Inevitable

As was expected, once Moscow and Washington started disputing who attained victory over ISIS in Syria, the militants of this terrorist organization decided that they would need to demonstrate that it’s too early to write them off completely. Especially since the last 25,000 of its fighters vanished in the desert, after being stationed for a …

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The Sources of Mission Creep in Syria

The other day we learned that there are four times more U.S. troops in Syria than any earlier official figure had acknowledged. The discrepancy did not get much public attention, perhaps because the numbers are small compared to some other U.S. military deployments: about 2,000 troops in Syria, with the earlier official figure being 500. …

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China and India Sail Into Choppy Waters in New Great Game

The New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will weave and interconnect six major economic corridors. At 12,000 kilometers, the Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor is a rail network from eastern China to western Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. Then there is the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, while the China-Central Asia-West Asia …

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A Wreck of a Week for Pro-US Allies, A Hell of a Week for Iran

Surprisingly enough, last week introduced drastic changes in the balance of powers existing across the Middle East. There has been a whole series of both unexpected and predicted events, which have left many analysts utterly puzzled. You can judge for yourself, as we mention seemingly unconnected events that have affected the state of affairs in …

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How Jerusalem Issue Plays Into Iranian, Turkish (and Russian) Hands

Iran has, predictably enough, taken a hard line on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There were public demonstrations in several Iranian cities following Friday prayers and statements by President Hassan Rouhani and other senior politicians. Notably, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, warned: …

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As the War in Yemen Spins Out of Control, Tehran Finds Itself Deprived of a Say

At the beginning of the month, highly influential former President of Yemen Abdullah Saleh was assassinated at one of his residences. It is reported that his body was displayed to the public to show them that the “traitor” was killed, while making “an attempt to escape.” It is believed that this longtime Yemeni strongman was …

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The Likelihood of War with Iran

The analytical group SouthFront recently released a remarkable video about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Israel. Of course, this inevitably means that the war would involve Russia and the United States as well. To understand the context of this scenario, one first needs to understand what has happened in …

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