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China in Lebanon: A Mirage of Help

Chinese aid in Lebanon should be conditional or else it will fragment the society even more. China accounts for 40% of Lebanon’s imports, amounting to...
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Syria and the Arab Countries: Strategic Hostility or Forced Peace?

Ten years have passed since the start of the uprising in Syria in March 2011. A war in which more than 400,000 people were...
Funeral of Qasem Soleimani

Iran’s Long-Term Memory: Why Further Retaliation for the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani Should Still...

It has been more than a year since Major General Qasem Soleimani, the man considered by many to be the second most powerful person...
Hassan Rouhani President of Iran

Reviving the Iran Deal: Vienna Talks, a Glimmer of Hope on the Horizon

The in-person meeting held at Vienna on April 6, 2021, between Iran and signatories to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) also referred...
Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia’s Response to the Weakening of Relations With the Biden Administration: A...

Under Trump, Saudi Arabia's relationship with the United States was based on Trump's maximum financial advantage over the monarchy. Saudi Arabia was one of...
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The Drone War in Somalia: How Joe Biden’s New Policy Could Signal a Resurgence...

The beginning of 2021 has been tumultuous for Somalia. With President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmajo, refusing to leave office and delaying...
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As Oil Reserves Decrease, the GCC States Look to Urgently Diversify Their Economies

The market for natural resources is utterly fragile and unpredictable. Thus, depending solely on the exportation of oil was foundationally seen as unsustainable by...
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Yemen: Iran’s Next Satellite State?

The now-ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s statement in 2006 that “Most of the Shias are loyal to Iran, and not to the countries they...

Biden Scenarios Against Iran

Iran's nuclear program is Biden's most important challenge in the Middle East. The P5 + 1 countries managed to sign an agreement with Iran...

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