Tag Archives: Arab Uprising

What Obama should say to King Salman during his visit

The relationship between Iran and its southern Arab neighbors — namely, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states — has been turbulent for the past few decades. The GCC states were under the shadow of Iraq and Iran, the two prevailing powers in the Persian Gulf, for much of the 20th century, with the latter historically being the more […]

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What New Paradigm to Face the New Geopolitical Challenges? (Video)

“What New Paradigm to Face the New Geopolitical Challenges?” Presentation at the Amadeus Institute: MEDays: the Southern Forum, November 14th, 2014. Watch Video [From 50min30sec—1hr05min] Watch Video [From 6min onwards] Media Exposure: “No need to US, Arab states’ permission for anti-terrorism campaign,” IRNA, November 15, 2014.

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Ankara tries to recast war on terror

While the emergence of terrorism in unprecedented forms has sent tremors of anxiety around the globe, Turkey unyieldingly swims against the tide. Despite its Nato membership, it adamantly refuses to participate in multilateral actions with the United States and its allies, Arab countries, Iran, Russia and Syria. While these countries have not acted in unison, […]

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Collapse of the Arab world necessitates a regional solution

The Arab world is in turmoil. The Arab Spring, which raised hopes and dreams for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, is turning into a cold winter. The new US policy in the Middle East departs from the policies of the past decades whereby it does not wish to heavily invest money […]

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Future of US-Iran Relations

Abstract: The election of Hassan Rouhani has been the start of a new path for Iran’s foreign policy, including its relationship with Washington. This paper discusses three schools of thought prevalent in Iran’s regime towards the US, ranging from those who believe America is addicted to hegemony, to those who believe there is inherent antagonism between […]

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Hope From Iran, but Not If There’s an Attack

In the aftermath of 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iran and the United States engaged and cooperated directly in the war on terror. This partnership in Afghanistan resulted in the fall of the Taliban and Al Qaeda there, forming a representative government based on democratic principles. This experience can serve as a blueprint for a new collaboration […]

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Sectarian War, the Major Threat to the Middle East

In the coming years, one of the most important security challenges for the Middle East will be the emerging sectarian and civil war in Syria spilling over into Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. While a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear file is a must, the UN Security Council and regional countries should consider “sectarian […]

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