Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events aim to … Continue reading Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

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Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL © Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud. The Obama administration duly maintained a … Continue reading The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt Aspire to Dominate the Middle East

Contemporary Egypt is the subject of sharp discord between Arabian monarchies. Some try to influence it; others try to bring down its economy or the ruling regime. In addition to Egypt, they fight each other over influence in Syria, Libya and Yemen. For the past ten years, Egypt is the key country in the Arab … Continue reading The United Arab Emirates and Egypt Aspire to Dominate the Middle East

Trump Slips into ‘Endless War’ Cycle

There was, during the course of the 2016 campaign, a small but vocal group of antiwar libertarians and conservatives who had convinced themselves that Donald Trump was preferable to Hillary Clinton because he, Trump, had made his (fictitious) opposition to the Iraq War a cornerstone of his candidacy. Trump, some believed, was a Republican in … Continue reading Trump Slips into ‘Endless War’ Cycle

The skyline of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is seen at night in this aerial photograph from a helicopter. © AFP 2017/ SAUL LOEB

Illegal Aliens in Riyadh: Saudi Arabia Mulls Deporting 5 Mln Immigrants

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura (Consultative) Council is preparing a program to deport five million illegal migrants – about 20 percent of all those living in the oil-rich Gulf kingdom, the newspaper Al-Hayat reported. According to the newspaper, the authorities fear that migrants could want to be naturalized and demand citizenship rights. The proposed campaign will not be the … Continue reading Illegal Aliens in Riyadh: Saudi Arabia Mulls Deporting 5 Mln Immigrants

Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border

Brigade deploys to shore up border against Houthi reprisal attacks from Yemen, but sources tell MEE it will 'not be used beyond Saudi borders' The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in Yemen, according to senior security … Continue reading Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border

Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

This week’s imposition of sanctions on one of China’s largest telecom equipment manufacturers, ZTE, by the US Commerce Department, and an investigation of Huawei, ZTE’s foremost Chinese competitor, could not have come at a more auspicious moment for Saudi King Salman as he visits China on the third leg of his month-long Asian tour. Fishing in … Continue reading Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran