Russia emerging as new player in Middle East balance of power

Moscow's sale of a better defense system to the Saudis than to its "ally" Iran is consistent with the pattern of its attempts to influence outcomes in the region, writes Spengler By David P. Goldman Remarkably little comment attended the strangest outcome of Saudi King Salman’s four-day visit to Moscow in early October, namely Russia’s … Continue reading Russia emerging as new player in Middle East balance of power

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Russia’s S-400 missile system: A new Middle East invasion

Powerful and popular anti-missile/aircraft system is a game changer with its ability to use ultra-fast long- and short-range missiles By Stephen Bryen Saudi Arabia’s agreement to purchase the S-400 anti-aircraft Triumf anti-missile system from Russia is a major blow to the United States and its European allies. The deal follows Turkey’s $2.5 billion agreement to … Continue reading Russia’s S-400 missile system: A new Middle East invasion

Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN A delegation of executives from major German corporations recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are not unusual. Sometimes it is routine, sometimes a courtesy. But occasionally, it has significance. In the case of Russia-Germany relations, such meetings are always potentially significant. Germany’s Unsteady Relations Two relationships are critical to Germany. … Continue reading Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

Karzai warns Afghans and neighbors to resist ‘US agenda’

Karzai is confident that Afghans and regional stakeholders support his crusade against the “American agenda” in Afghanistan, which he describes as an attempt to create disharmony among nations By Ruchi Kumar   Three years since he left office, the presence of former president Hamid Karzai still lingers in the corridors of Afghan politics. The fact … Continue reading Karzai warns Afghans and neighbors to resist ‘US agenda’

New upbeat phase for US-India relations

By Sabena Siddiqui Upgraded only last year, US-India relations entered a new upbeat phase this August with the signing of the landmark bilateral Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement that enables reciprocal military access of facilities for both countries. It was the second of the initial four foundational agreements the US usually has with its defense partners; the … Continue reading New upbeat phase for US-India relations