Is Putin Really Gaining a Stranglehold over the Gulf?

by Mark N. Katz An article by Simon Watkins, entitled “Russia Gains Stranglehold Over Persian Gulf” and published by Oil Price.com on August 4, raises the concern that Russian-Iranian cooperation is turning into a genuine military alliance. In the article,… Continue Reading  

Security Architecture in the Gulf: Troubled Prospects

by James M. Dorsey Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an… Continue Reading  

Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?

by John Feffer Afghanistan has long been touted as the “graveyard of empires.” The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the… Continue Reading  

Could Russia Get Its Persian Gulf Port?

by Shireen T. Hunter As tensions in the Persian Gulf have been mounting over the last several weeks, the activities of major international players in the region have also intensified. A major focus of these activities has been the development… Continue Reading  

“Who Lost Turkey?”

by Graham E. Fuller Here we go again, another phase of witch-hunting over “Who lost —-(fill in the blanks) country.” It was once who lost China in 1949, then Cuba in 1959, then Iran in 1979, and others. The latest… Continue Reading