The Cradle
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Restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia will not only benefit both countries economically, but can help stabilize global oil prices and end the war in Yemen.
BY Mohammad Salami May 03, 2022
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The Arab and Muslim street remains firmly opposed to western imperialism and Israel. So their Arab Sunni rulers began calling all resistance 'Shia.'
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The missile strikes in Erbil reveal a more assertive Iran in responding to Israel’s provocations. However, could they also be aimed at hampering Turkey and Israel’s recently restored relations?
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Last month's reset in Turkish-Israeli relations coincides with several geopolitical developments that bring the two countries even closer together.
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The government in Pakistan has alleged that Sunday's no-confidence motion to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan from power was masterminded in Washington
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Riyadh refused Washington's pressure to increase oil production, then faced blistering attacks on its oil facilities and infrastructure from Yemen. Under increasing pressure to end its siege on Yemen, what will the Saudis do?
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Neither friend nor foe, Turkey and Russia have backed opposing sides in several regional conflicts, yet managed to avoid direct confrontation. Now the Ukraine crisis poses a serious challenge.
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Energy-rich Qatar’s designation as a major non-NATO ally may upset the Persian Gulf balance, but could be a means for the US to counter a Sino-Russian lockhold on Eurasia.
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Russia and Ukraine supply most of West Asia and North Africa’s wheat, which is the integral ingredient in the region’s most critical food staple
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When the UAE cast an abstaining vote on a US-backed UNSC resolution to condemn Russia, all hell broke loose. But Abu Dhabi is increasingly refusing to 'take sides' for Washington, and now insists on pursuing its own priorities.
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The Ukraine crisis presents a unique opportunity for Turkey to realize its long-term vision of transforming itself into a global gas transit hub. But will the US, Russia, Iran, and the EU allow it?
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Iran’s call for restraint in the Ukraine conflict also comes amid stronger ties with Russia and mutual security concerns.
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Caught between political divisions in Lebanon, the strategic interests of the US and its allies, and unexpected economic incentives, many Syrian refugees who would like to return home are stuck in limbo
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