Russia’s Alternative to the Suez Canal is Getting More Reliable and Cost-effective

Russia’s Alternative to the Suez Canal is Getting More Reliable and Cost-effective

At the end of December, the Turkish authorities were forced to suspend maritime traffic through the Bosporus Strait for a day after the BARLAS, a 70-meter-long (230-foot-long) dry cargo vessel under the Panama flag ran aground after engine failure. The maritime traffic in this vital sea route was restored on December 29. This is the…

Biden’s Dithering in the Middle East Is Forcing Old Enemies to Mend Broken Bridges

Biden’s Dithering in the Middle East Is Forcing Old Enemies to Mend Broken Bridges

In recent weeks, Arab countries, as well as Iran and Turkey have all been working out how they can move forward and get along with each other, all due to “sleepy Joe” Biden being asleep at the wheel. Where’s all this heading? In recent weeks, Arab countries, as well as Iran and Turkey have all been…

Can We Expect Saudi Arabia and Israel Normalizing their Relations in the Near Future?

Can We Expect Saudi Arabia and Israel Normalizing their Relations in the Near Future?

After Israel signed the Abraham Accords in 2020 to normalize relations with the UAE and Bahrain, and then with Morocco, whether Saudi Arabia will be next in line in this process is being actively discussed in the United States, Israel, and the Middle East in general. The intensity of such discussions increased as the Saudi…

America’s ‘Suez Moment’: Another Strategic Mistake Would be Its Last. Biden’s “Rules Based” “World Disorder”

America’s ‘Suez Moment’: Another Strategic Mistake Would be Its Last. Biden’s “Rules Based” “World Disorder”

In 2021, President Joe Biden truly reaped a bitter harvest from the strategic foreign policy errors of four of his predecessors. But Washington would do well to think before it makes its next move “America has just had its Suez Crisis,” commented a member of the Iranian delegation at the nuclear talks in Vienna about…

Biden’s “Diplomacy Is Back” Falls Flat as 2021 Middle East Policy a Miserable Flop

Biden’s “Diplomacy Is Back” Falls Flat as 2021 Middle East Policy a Miserable Flop

Despite President Joe Biden having claimed earlier this year that “diplomacy is back” and that he would end the war in Yemen, revive the Iran Nuclear Deal and settle several other issues, in reality his Middle East foreign policy has been just as detrimental to the region as was that of his predecessor. “This war…

Are Arab Militias Losing Their Usefulness for Iran?

Are Arab Militias Losing Their Usefulness for Iran?

Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran’s detractors, unable to develop an effective counterstrategy. Now, the tide may be turning. A string of events suggests that the usefulness of at least some of the militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine is waning as their popularity diminishes and relations with Iran encounter headwinds. The…