Sunnis and Shiites: The Jihadi Spring in the Middle East

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The central point of cultural and political reference in the Middle East is Islam, and any political and military analysis of the area cannot avoid its salient relevance in shaping the world view of Arabs, Iranians, Turks, and Pakistanis. The imposition of the nation state by European power on the social systems of the Islamic [...]

Iran-U.A.E Relations Post Geneva Talks

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on November 29th declared that the nuclear deal is a unique opportunity for expanding its ties with UAE in the political and economic spheres. The statement was in tune with the visiting UAE foreign minister’s call for setting up a joint economic commission to expand ties in all fields especially in [...]

Oslo 2.0?


The Middle East seems to be dusky and the scenarios are complicated, especially, after the Russian government successfully blocked any Western backed attack against Damascus. However, on the other side, there is a failure between the Palestinian, Israel and its American ‘moderators’ once again. The discussion which took place between Obama and Netanyahu at the [...]

Syria: The Attack That Was Aborted?

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President Obama had clearly articulated that Syria had crossed a critical red line by its alleged use of chemical weapons on the rebel forces. The US Navy had put together a formidable Task Force off the coast of Syria. It comprised of 5 Areligh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyers (namely the USS Mahan, USS Range, [...]

Nobel for Rouhani?

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Meets With Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

President Vladimir Putin has been nominated by a Russian advocacy group for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his “key role in preventing a US missile strike on Syria and initiatives to dismantle Damascus’ chemical weapons.” While no-one can deny Putin’s role in preventing the US from opening an immediate war front in Syria, some [...]