Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic politics. The most consequential of these issues has been the… Continue Reading  

Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

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by James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well… Continue Reading  

How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

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by Shahed Ghoreishi At the Munich Security Conference in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif repeated his administration’s proposal to engage Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors with the goal of creating a Persian Gulf Security Agreement. According to Zarif, the talks for… Continue Reading  

Urgently Needed: A New Security Framework for the Persian Gulf

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by Javad Heiran-Nia  The implementation of effective security mechanisms in the Persian Gulf region has always been a matter of concern for the Gulf States. The main objective is to have a common goal, and hence, construct techniques to achieve… Continue Reading  

Emulate Russian Realism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump seems eager to learn at the knee of Vladimir Putin. During his Asian trip, Trump expressed his willingness to believe Putin’s denials about Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election, rather than the judgment… Continue Reading