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Ankara - Riyadh: A Geopolitical Fault Line (II)

...Ankara is keeping a close eye on every step Saudi Arabia takes. Özcan Tikit, a columnist for the Turkish newspaper Habertürk, notes that «the Saudi leaders’ demands have raised concerns for Obama»... There is reason to believe that in the future the Turkish aspect of its foreign policy will be more meaningful for Washington than the Saudi element. Zbigniew Brzezinski was partial to that view in the late 1990s, noting that Ankara «stabilizes the Black Sea region, controls access from it to the Mediterranean Sea, balances Russia in the Caucasus, still offers an antidote to Muslim fundamentalism, and serves as the southern anchor for NATO»...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 29.03.2015


 

Ankara - Riyadh: A Geopolitical Fault Line (I)

...In some regional conflicts (primarily in Syria), Ankara and Riyadh are tactical allies, but since both countries aspire to regional leadership, the natural result is an intensification of their rivalry and discord. This process is accompanied by, on one hand, both countries’ attempts to win over the United States, and on the other, by the search for new allies, which can include Russia...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 28.03.2015


 

Yemen: Next War Begun in Middle East

With the support of other Arab countries Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in neighboring Yemen on March 26. The aircraft attacked the positions of Shia formations in Sana, the capital of the country... Besides air operations, Saudis have pledged to contribute 150,000 soldiers with heavy weapons to the newly formed coalition including Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar... Egypt has already said it is ready to send army, air force and naval units to the area. Another war has begun in the Middle East...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 27.03.2015


 

The Barriers to Iranian – American Rapprochement: Israel and Saudi Arabia (II)

Among US clients and allies in the Middle East there are fears that the security of their regimes had been compromised or that the US has secretly sold them off during its bilateral and multilateral negotiations with Iran. The Saudi-controlled media and its propagandists went into overdrive frantically deriding and lamenting Washington’s decision to engage Tehran in direct and public high-level diplomatic dialogue whereas Israeli leaders said that the agreement should be rescinded...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 24.01.2014


 

Is Iran Being Lured to Shore up US Hegemony in Middle East?

...Iran has so far remained staunch in its support for the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad. But in the run-up to the Geneva II political negotiations, scheduled for next month, on the transitional future of Syria, it would appear that Iran is being lined up to extract concessions from its Syrian ally in order to meet Western objectives of regime change in that Arab country. The multi-billionaire-dollar sanctions relief being dangled in front of Iran by the West and the normalization of economic relations could prove to be an acute pressure point on Iran to peddle these Western demands...

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 04.12.2013


 

Why a Final Iran Deal is Feasible (II)

The Economist magazine, which is not exactly known to be a friend of Iran, came out with an editorial in its latest issue backing the interim agreement worked out in Geneva. It called the deal a «keyhole» that «offers a tantalizing glimpse of a different, better Middle East». The editorial anticipates the possibility of «America and Iran cooperating more, or at least feuding less, in the world’s most troubled region». It adds, «The immediate test, and opportunity, will be Syria...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 30.11.2013


 

The U.S. Risks Losing the Persian Gulf

...It is becoming increasingly obvious to the White House that from the standpoint of American strategy in the Arab East, the alliance with Saudi Arabia is not only no longer advantageous, but could bring the danger of losing U.S. domination in the region... Behind the Saudis' statements about fulfilling their historic mission to spread «true Islam» it is easy to read the desire of Arabian sheikhs to become the masters of the Arab world on the sole basis that they are the main financial sponsors of the bloody revolt raised by the terrorists in Syria. Money is coming to the forefront in Riyadh's relations with Washington. Not long ago the Saudis tried to buy U.S. assent to military operations against Syria; now, having received a refusal, the kingdom is threatening to withdraw its investment dollars from America...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 11.11.2013


 

On the Military Alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran

Saudi Arabia's ministry of defense has placed an order with the U.S. for the delivery of high-tech cruise missiles and aerial bombs totaling 6.8 billion dollars. It is expected that the contract will be signed within a month after the request is approved by Congress. In the opinion of the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the arms shipment will not change the military balance in the region and does not create a threat to neighboring states. But is that true? Now, when Israel and Saudi Arabia are discussing the possibility of a military alliance against Iran, this deal looks like military reinforcement of this Arab-Israeli alliance, the likelihood of whose creation is becoming more realistic...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 24.10.2013


 

Israel Knocks Together an Anti-Iranian Front, or The Wolves and the Sheep

For a significant part of Israel’s modern history, a strategic concept has been in operation there of a so-called peripheral Islam which maintained that the main threat to the country came from neighbouring Arab states predominantly practising Sunnism which had to be resisted by offshoots of Islam – Shiites, Druzes and supporters of secularisation. On the strength of this, Israel developed privileged relations in the region, first and foremost with Iran and Turkey. However, following the anti-Shah revolution, Iran moved from the status of friend to the status of enemy, then with the increasing Islamisation of Turkey, relations also gradually began to deteriorate with Ankara as well. And then there was an unexpected turnaround. Israel embarked upon a new strategic project – the creation of an anti-Iranian-oriented Israeli-Sunni coalition...

Dmitry MININ | 11.10.2013


 

Syria’s Conflict Spills Over to Involve Other Actors

By the end on May Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite guerilla group, said his fighters would help bring victory to President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war. On May 25 he said in a speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon that Syria and Lebanon faced a threat from radical Sunni Islamists. Hezbollah helped push Israel to withdraw from southern Lebanon in 2000 and confronted the Jewish state in a short war in 2006... Hezbollah, a Shiite (Shia) movement, has stirred up sectarian feelings in the country by giving support to the Syrian government...

Andrei AKULOV | 12.06.2013




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Latin America, China and USA

...China has been cooperating with Latin America in the field of space research for many years. Chinese state-owned company China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Venezuelan government have signed an agreement to build and deliver into orbit Venezuela's third satellite. It’ll be used for intelligence gathering... China plans to build an antenna for deep space observation in Argentina's southern Patagonia region in Neuquen province. It also takes part in the Latin American effort to boost its defense capability. Chinese experts help Venezuela to produce drones for monitoring the Amazonian region...

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