Iran’s carrot-and-stick strategy toward the Taliban
Iran’s stance on the Taliban involves strategically aligning its West Asian and Eurasian policies, employing key leverage, and positioning itself as a key regional player in shaping Afghanistan's future, without undermining its own water and security concerns.
Deporting Syrians: A ploy to propel Lebanon’s US-backed army chief into power?
Did Lebanon's US-backed army commander exploit the Syrian refugee crisis and incite clashes with them to catapult himself into the highly-contested Lebanese presidency? The US silence on Joseph Aoun's illegal deportations last week is deafening.
From hostility to normalization: The ebbs and flows of Sudan-Israel relations
Sudan's relations with Israel have vacillated between periods of hostility and outreach. Today, Khartoum's leaders view these ties as a means to gain international legitimacy, while Tel Aviv aims to eliminate Khartoum as a haven for pro-Iran and Palestinian resistance factions.