China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

As Syria's civil war winds down, China is looking to establish itself as an economic, and possibly military, partner for the post-war period By Logan Pauley In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also … Continue reading China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

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Oman plans pipeline to Iran as US sanctions loom

Muscat is moving ahead with a planned natural gas pipeline to Iran, hopeful that US sanctions to be imposed November 5 will strictly target oil By Jonathan Gorvett While recent winters have sometimes seen a sprinkling of snow on the jagged peaks of Oman’s mountains, this is not the main reason the Gulf sultanate is … Continue reading Oman plans pipeline to Iran as US sanctions loom

Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East

The unscheduled arrival of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's emir, in the Turkish capital Ankara throws a new light on regional links By M.K. Bhadrakumar Trust Turkey’s Recep Erdogan to have had a game plan when he challenged the Trump administration and promised that the latter will regret its “unilateralist” policies. Some pundits thought Russia … Continue reading Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East

Caspian Deal Highlights Shift in Azerbaijan

TOM LUONGO As the US/Turkish relationship deteriorates it is having spillover effects around the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s continued defiance of US’s demands have placed Turkey in the cross-hairs of a vicious hybrid-war attack on the country’s fragile economic foundation. So, I find it very interesting that during the week of the greatest … Continue reading Caspian Deal Highlights Shift in Azerbaijan

Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card

By Khalid Ibn Muneer Syria’s unending civil war has witnessed the unfurling of a new chapter with the cross-border bombardment by Turkish artillery on the Kurd-dominated pocket of Afrin. This move from Turkey was followed by relentless bombastic anti-Kurdish sentiments from Turkish political leaders. Turkish media have now gone into a nationalist frenzy, shrouded with … Continue reading Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card