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The Beginning Of A Dynamic Century In The Middle East

Oct 20, 2015 at 15:45 | Gregory R. Copley

Historical trends are combining once again to make the Mediterranean-Red Sea-Indian Ocean linkage the nexus in a dynamic phase of the evolving global strategic architecture. The relationships of states within…

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Russia Is Still Limited In What It Can Achieve In Syria

Oct 16, 2015 at 15:47 | The Jamestown Foundation

The Russian air bombing campaign in Syria began on September 30, with about 20 sorties a day. The bombing drastically increased on October 8, to over 60 sorties and reached…

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Can Russia Really Afford Its Military Campaign In Syria?

Oct 13, 2015 at 16:57 | RFE/RL staff

 Rough estimates suggest that Moscow has spent at least $87 million for air and cruise-missile strikes in the first two weeks of its bombing campaign in Syria that began September…

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How Russia Is Deploying Its Military In Syria

Oct 08, 2015 at 15:06 | Yossef Bodansky

The Russian Air Force launched its first acknowledged bombing raids in Syria on September 30, 2015. Most of the sorties were flown by Su-24M2s, and the…

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Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

Oct 06, 2015 at 12:38 | Robert Berke

Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin. The real call for the meeting stemmed from…

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Iran Deal May Redefine The Middle East

Sep 18, 2015 at 16:06 | Robert Berke

 One month after the Iran nuclear deal was concluded, the Middle East is still reeling from profound shock. Long and well established alliances have led to bewildering changes, not only…

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Russia Using Iran Nuclear Deal To Expand Sphere Of Influence

Apr 14, 2015 at 16:06 | Nick Cunningham

The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations could lead to a flood of new oil hitting global markets. That could result in a significant…

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Yemen Conflict Could Be A Catalyst For Something Much Bigger

Mar 30, 2015 at 18:39 | RFE/RL staff

Yemen is at the center of a proxy war between regional heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia. It's the source of fears of a broader Sunni-Shi'ite conflict.…

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Islamic State To Target Saudi Arabia Next

Mar 10, 2015 at 12:12 | The Jamestown Foundation

The meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has since styled itself the Islamic State in an affirmation of its broader aspirations…

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ISIS Burn Iraqi Oil Fields To Hold Off Iraqi Offensive

Mar 06, 2015 at 09:54 | ZeroHedge

Thick black smoke billowing from oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit is obstructing Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers attempts to drive ISIS from the…

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