Category Archives: Middle East

Iran’s SCO membership is a big deal

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By M. K. Bhadrakumar Like in a Wagnerian music drama, there is an associated melodic theme that accompanies the situations behind the two big regional developments last week the announcement of the AUKUS, security alliance of three “maritime democracies” on

Sound and Fury in the Post – 9/11 Middle East

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In the end, years of upheaval led only to despair By Shadi Hamid Americans tend to lament 9/11 and its long aftermath by looking inward at what they and their country lost in the “war on terror.” And it is

Iran’s SCO membership is a big deal

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By M. K. Bhadrakumar Like in a Wagnerian music drama, there is an associated melodic theme that accompanies the situations behind the two big regional developments last week the announcement of the AUKUS, security alliance of three “maritime democracies” on

Israel-Palestine conflict at inflection point

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History of flare-ups is likely to repeat as key new differences have emerged between Israelis and Arabs By M. K. Bhadrakumar The well-known French philosopher, writer and political activist, late Paul-Michel Foucault has written about a conversation he had with

Gaza war – Hamas reveals new capability as it reduces Israel’s military edge

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Political and military figures concede an effective victory for Hamas in latest round of fighting By Shir Hever As an uneasy ceasefire hangs over Gaza and Israel, differing accounts have emerged as to who “won” the round of violence in

It’s time to end the ‘special relationship’ with Israel

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The benefits of US support no longer outweigh the costs By Stephen M. Walt The latest round of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians ended in the usual way: with a cease-fire that left Palestinians worse off and the core issues

Violence shakes Trump’s boast of “New Middle East”

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Trump officials said the Abraham Accords between Israel and four Arab states would transform the region, but new Israeli-Palestinian clashes lay bare the limits of that change By Michael Crowley It was, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed in September, “the

Secret India – Pakistan peace roadmap brokered by top UAE royals

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By Sudhi Ranjan Sen About 24 hours after military chiefs from India and Pakistan surprised the world last month with a rare joint commitment to respect a 2003 cease-fire agreement, the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates popped over

Iran – Taliban growing ties: What’s different this time?

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Iran would be an essential player in such a project and it would be a political and security win for Tehran if it successfully mediates between the Taliban and the Afghan government. However, it is imperative that the Afghan government

Saudi Crown Prince is held responsible for Khashoggi killing in US report

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But the Biden administration stopped short of directly penalizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calculating that the risk of damaging American interests was too great By Julian E. Barnes and David E. Sanger Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi