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How Terrorist Groups Benefit from Low Oil Prices

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Terrorists have struck in the heart of Indonesia; the uber violent Boko Haram is rampaging across Nigeria; and ISIS is … everywhere. While the knee-jerk reaction is to ask how…

Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Jan 12, 2016 at 16:14 | Gregory R. Copley

Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer…

Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Jan 06, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was…

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Dec 02, 2015 at 16:05 | Ryan Opsal

There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of U.S.…

Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Oct 23, 2015 at 15:33 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt is in the process of rebuilding its capabilities and its prestige. On October 18 and 19, 2015, it held the first round of its legislative…

Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00 | ZeroHedge

Earlier this week, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had the following message for Tehran: "We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in…

The Beginning Of A Dynamic Century In The Middle East

The Beginning Of A Dynamic Century In The Middle East

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

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Russia Is Still Limited In What It Can Achieve In Syria

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

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How Russia Is Deploying Its Military In Syria

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