Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet in Sochi

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by Alexey Khlebnikov There has been extensive diplomacy across the Middle East in recent months. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Turkey and Iran. Saudi Arabian King Salman made a historic visit to Moscow. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan visited Russia… Continue Reading  

Moscow’s Balancing Act in Syria

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by Mark N. Katz Russia and Iran, as is well known, have been cooperating closely in Syria. The combination of ground forces from Iran and its various Shi’a militia allies plus primarily air forces from Russia have succeeded in helping… Continue Reading  

Can Qatar Hedge Its Bets on Security Guarantors?

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by Matthew Hedges and Giorgio Cafiero Saddam Hussein’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990/1991 taught Qatar that its alliance with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s powerhouse—Saudi Arabia—was an insufficient guarantee of security. One of Doha’s key takeaways from the… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes

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by Joshua Landis The renewed US offensive against Iran is not so much about its nuclear capability or even its missile program; it is about Iran rollback and hobbling its economy. Ever since President Obama signed the Iran agreement, howls of disapproval… Continue Reading  

One Person, One Vote, One Time

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by Paul R. Pillar An old fear about Islamist political parties entering government is that once in power, even if they’d gained their position through democratic means, they would subvert democracy for the sake of maintaining power. The U.S. government… Continue Reading