Shehab Al-Makahleh
Shehab Al-Makahleh

Shehab Al-Makahleh is Director of Geostrategic Media Center, senior media and political analyst in the Middle East, adviser to many international consultancies. He can be reached at: @shehabmakahleh and @Geostrat_ME

The cost of Middle East wars, $11 trillion and rising

Military conflicts have caused huge death toll and enormous economic, military, environmental, social and political losses for Arabs since 1948.With more than 2 million death toll, Arab economies,...

Syria’s encrypted messages to Jordan

Regional geopolitical requirements, along with internal political and security concerns, have been the main pillars of Jordanian policy vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis. The management of security...

Could Iran implode?

The current pandemonium in the Middle East displays so many poignant chunks as to opaque rudimentary inclinations and processes. Incidents are manifold, coalitions are flimsy and fissiparous, leaving...

How China built strategic alliances with Iran and Turkey

Thanks to war in Syria, which turned Turkey from the state of rivalry to Iran to be a friend not only to Tehran and Beijing but also to Moscow, playing a pivotal Middle Eastern role.To diagnose how...

Will Russia play Iran card during Syria reconstruction talks?

After seven years of war in Syria, which has already thwarted the Chinese and the Iranian attempts to reach to the Mediterranean, Russia started planning the next phase of reconstruction process of...

Israel, Jordan fear escalation as Russia seeks provincial division in Syria

The recent trouble in Jordan would pave the way for the Syrian army and its allies to move South West of Syria to regain control over the provinces of Dera’a, Suwaida and Qunaitra. The three...

Russia-US rivalry, a new form of non-conventional war in Europe

There are three main circles of conflict that will form the strategic world map until the middle of the 21st century – the conflict over Eastern Europe, Middle East, and the Pacific Ocean with...

Reasons behind US-EU rift over Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump’s pullout declaration from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran is tantamount to a declaration of war in the Middle East, which would lead to the change of the...