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How Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Together Bring Peace to the Middle East

by : Vali Nasr and Maria Fantappie , FOREIGN AFFAIRS The shift in Washington is undeniable: the Middle East is no longer a top priority for the United States. The U.S. withdrawal from the broader region is evident in the departure of troops…
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The Footsteps of ISIS in Afghanistan

by : Mohammad Hossein Jafarian The viewpoints of Moscow, Tehran and even Delhi and Beijing against the Taliban have surprised many these days. Strangely enough, the United States and Pakistan have the same idea, as well. This is the…
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As U.S. Leaves Bagram Air Base, Russia, Iran and China Weigh Options in Afghanistan

by : NEWSWEEK , Tom O'Connor Russia, Iran and China are weighing their options for Afghanistan's uncertain future as U.S. forces reportedly withdrew from its largest airfield as part of a total military exit from the war-torn country.Major…
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Iran hopes Russia and China oppose US role in MidEast, Central Asia

by : SETH J. FRANTZMAN , THE JERUSALEM POST “The main goal of the United States in the Middle East and Central Asia at the moment is to create problems for strong political and economic partnerships,” an article in Iranian media noted.An…
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Why the Saudis Are Reaching Out to Iran

By Eli Lake, Source: Bloomberg Late last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered an olive branch to his country’s main adversary. Speaking on Saudi television, the kingdom’s de facto ruler said he seeks “to have…
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The US has lost its bargaining power with Iran, and its allies have lost faith in its ability to influence the Middle East.

By Tallha Abdulrazaq , TRT WORLD When former US President Donald Trump scrapped the Iran nuclear deal and applied a “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions, he was widely derided and criticised. The reality, however, is that Trump was…
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Ramadan musings: Solzhenitsyn — everybody’s pain in the neck

by : Eric Walberg , Eric Walberg When you are too close to something, someone, you are not the best analyst. Your feelings get in the way. You reveal more about who you are than who or what you love/hate. But you can see better from afar.…
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How will the Natanz incident affect Iran’s Vienna negotiations? – analysis

by : OMRI NAHMIAS , THE JERUSALEM POST Explosives were used to completely destroy the internal power system at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility in an alleged Israel operation, two intelligence officials told The New York Times…
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Iran and Israel’s shadow war takes a dangerous turn

by : Frank Gardner , BBC The long-running and undeclared shadow war between two of the Middle East's most implacable foes, Iran and Israel, appears to be heating up. Iran has blamed Israel for a mysterious explosion at the weekend that…
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‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed

by : editorial board , The New York Times A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass. There exists now a brief window of time for Iran and the United States to return to the principles of the Joint Comprehensive…