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  

Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals.

Various Players Maneuver for an Uncertain Future in Syria

by Gregory Aftandilian Although uncertainties abound regarding the future of Syria, various players are maneuvering to consolidate and enhance their positions there, or at least to hedge their bets. Alliances such as those between Iran and Russia now appear to… Continue Reading  

Collective Security in Persian Gulf: Can It Fly?

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In today’s turbulent Persian Gulf, geopolitical and geostrategic discord and rivalry have the upper hands. The idea of collective security, floated by Russia and backed by China, appears to be a lofty but unrealistic objective that… Continue Reading