Tag Archives: Iran

The Aktau Agreement: Another Kick at the Caspian Can?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Bahrain: a quiet conflict continues to simmer

by Bernd Debusmann Jr. Over the past several years, Shia militants have waged a low-intensity insurgency against the Sunni rulers of the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an important frontline in the proxy war between Iran and its rivals in … Continue reading

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In the 1970s the Shah sought to make Iran a military superpower

by Paul Iddon. While it almost seems ironic in retrospect, Iran was by far the biggest recipient of American, and British weaponry in the 1970s and was rapidly becoming a major power. Awash with petrodollars as a result of the … Continue reading

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What Sadr’s rise to power in Baghdad might mean for Iraqi Kurdistan

by Paul Iddon The results from this month’s Iraqi elections have made it indisputably clear that Muqtada al-Sadr is a powerful figure in Baghdad who cannot be dismissed. While it’s not yet clear what this will mean for the autonomous … Continue reading

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Iran Relocates Radar and Expands UAV Airfield on Qeshm

Iran continues to upgrade the UAV airfield on the island of Qeshm which sits near the Strait of Hormuz, an important maritime choke-point. Satellite imagery acquired in late 2017 and early 2018 by Planet Labs shows workers widening and lengthening … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Schwierige Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und nukleare Abrüstung

Der diesjährige Munich Security Report — ein Grundlagenpapier, welches vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz veröffentlicht wird — zeichnet ein düsteres Bild der Weltlage auf. Der mit der Wahl von US-Präsident Donald Trump vollzogene ideologische Rückzug der USA wird langfristige Konsequenzen auf … Continue reading

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Chinese drones and Russian air defense missiles: Why America’s Middle East allies are shopping elsewhere for some of their weapons

by Paul Iddon. The United State’s Middle East allies are increasingly using other sources to either purchase weapons which Washington won’t sell or equipment with comparable capabilities to what Washington has to offer. This ranges from drones, which the U.S. … Continue reading

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The struggle between regular armed forces and paramilitaries in Iraq, Iran and Syria

by Paul Iddon. Today, in a span of territory stretching from Iran’s frontiers with Afghanistan and Pakistan to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast are states in which paramilitary forces have formidable power either competing with, or exceeding, the power of regular conventional … Continue reading

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The Kurds in Iraq: Is their pursuit of autonomy a cause of conflict?

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Army for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and a master’s degree in international … Continue reading

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The significance of Iran’s missile attack on Syria

by Paul Iddon On the night of June 18 Iran fired six long range missiles from its western provinces at Islamic State (ISIS) to the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor in retaliation for the June 7 terrorist attacks in … Continue reading

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