The renewed Middle East will not be a ‘New Middle East’

Sunday, 21 January 2018

On June 30, 2013, the “New Middle East” project, which was founded and supported by the Obama administration during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, failed and we heard nothing about it. In fact, the project’s collapse began earlier when the Peninsula Shield Forces (1,200 Saudi fighters and 800 Emirati fighters) entered Bahrain in March 2011 to quell disorder from Iran. If there is something to thank Mrs. Clinton for, is because she inadvertently contributed ...

Fahad Al-Deghaither

The Gulf region’s evolving military balance since 1991

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

January 17th marks the 26th anniversary of the First Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces. On this day in 1991, the United States has led a coalition against Iraqi by launching a massive military operation that paved the way for shaping a new world order with a new generation of weapons such as cruise missiles tracking targets in Iraq. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s fault was his expansionist agenda, which has had devastating results on the Iraqi military. Though the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

A new, more interactive change in the realm of sports

Monday, 15 January 2018

This is an article about the concept of sports in the cultural context. The focus here is not on any specific sport or a sporting event, but on looking at sport in a holistic manner and integrating it into the larger socio-cultural dimension. Sports are said to have a more potent influence than education on public taste and awareness. The education system may be likened to a dynamic process involving various parties, linked to diverse segments of society, exerting their respective influence. The ...

Yahya Alameer

US secretary of state: Working with Saudi Arabia to stabilize the region

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomes his Saudi Arabia counterpart to State department Friday. Tillerson expresses that many important issues in the Middle East region will be discussed in his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubei. Topics include cooperation on Syria, the Yemen conflict and stabilizing the entire region. Tillerson said “I want to welcome back to the State Department, the Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir and I look forward to our discussions obviously in many ...

Will a new world order start taking shape in 2018?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The US National Security Strategy document, which was released on December 18, 2017, marks the completion of an important stage in international relations and balance of power in international politics.Russian military intervention in eastern and southern regions of the Mediterranean after many had started believing that Russia was a marginal power and the resumption of its military and political activities as a mediator in the Middle East has raised alarm bells in the US Congress and the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Trajectories of the 2018 US policy in the Middle East

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The importance of the Middle East region for the US stems from the fact that it is part of a wider geography which includes Europe and Asia, whose security has been one of the main American concerns since the 1900s. The Middle East has been considered a source of conflict since the 1948 war between Arabs and Israelis, affecting not only neighboring countries in Asia, Africa and Europe but also countries distant from it, such as the US and Australia. Thus, the importance of the Middle East to the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Washington-Moscow deal to end Mideast conflict?

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

The international political and diplomatic scene is witnessing an escalation in political and military tensions between the US and Russia as well as their allies, which have reached a state of bellum omnium contra omnes (the war of all against all) in Syria.Since the end of the Second World War, the world has been witnessing a struggle for power between the two largest powers, the United States and the former Soviet Union, the current Russian Federation, which has regained its strength by ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Is the Muslim world victim-hood complex a cover for uncomfortable facts?

Monday, 25 December 2017

“The Muslim world” is a geopolitical reality in a way in which few other transnational cultural phenomena are. Muslim countries, Muslim-majority secular countries, and Muslims in diasporas abroad share a strong collective identity, and a transcendent sense of common interest. When Muslims express grievances about attacks on Muslims or “Muslim lands”, these grievances are rather stronger than Western humanitarian concern: they are genuinely perceived as threats against ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Corruption is the Middle East’s political gangrene

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Following the strict measures taken recently by the Saudi government against dozens of prominent figures, the issue of corruption has moved to the center of public attention in several other regional countries notably Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.To be sure, corruption has always been a major cause of concern in those nations, in fact, throughout the Middle East. Usually, however, it is sotto voce style people talk of corruption in high places, treating it as “one of those things”, ...

Amir Taheri

ANALYSIS: Understanding Washington’s fast-evolving Iran policy

Monday, 18 December 2017

On the doorstep of US President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy speech, the administration launched an unprecedented campaign of pinpointing the crosshairs on the epicenter of all extremism causing havoc across the Middle East: Iran. This comes following a Wall Street Journal article explaining how in the post-ISIS world Washington will begin pinpointing its focus and resources on the larger and more dangerous threat posed by Tehran. ‘Hard look’ The Trump ...

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