Tag Archives: The Middle East

Russia’s anti-air & air defense systems in Syria: more for show than substance?

by Roger Näbig (Twitter). He works as a lawyer and freelance journalist in Berlin with a focus on global conflicts, defense, security, military policy, armaments technology, and international law. He also gives lectures on defense policy issues. For a German … Continue reading

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Between the wars: Iran’s relations with Iraq in the 1970s

by Paul Iddon For a brief period, the second half of the 1970s, Iran and Iraq went through a thaw in their hitherto antagonistic relationship. After having reached an agreement to settle a major border dispute, they seemed to have … Continue reading

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The Triple Shocks of 1979 and the Making of the Middle East

by Lt. Col. Chad M. Pillai. He is a U.S. Army strategist who has served in assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Lt. Col. Pillai is a published author in a variety of journals and online forums to … Continue reading

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How Water Scarcity Exacerbated Iraq’s History of Political Violence

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He researches the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. He traveled to Iraq in the summer of 2016. The sudden onset of the Iraqi Civil War in 2014 prompted diplomats, generals, and … Continue reading

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55. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

Zwischen dem 15. und dem 17. Februar 2019 fand die 55. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz statt. Gleichzeitig veröffentlichten die Konferenzorganisatoren das 5. Mal den sehr lesenswerten “Munich Security Report“. Mit dem Untertitel “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?” vergleicht … Continue reading

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UAV Infrastructure Noted at the UAE’s al-Safran Airbase

Two US-built primary satellite links and a ground control station (GCS) were relocated to the UAE’s al-Safran airbase situated south of Madinat Zayed, imagery from Planet Labs shows. They likely belong to the recently acquired RQ-1E Predator-XP UAV the country … Continue reading

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A Potential Crisis of Secession in Yemen

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. A handful of Western policymakers have long argued for the necessity of partitioning the Middle East, tending to cite the examples of Iraq and Syria … Continue reading

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Syria remains the foremost proving ground for the world’s most powerful armed forces

by Paul Iddon For years now Syria has been the foremost proving ground for major military powers to test their equipment in real combat conditions. The first half of 2018 has proven no exception and in fact demonstrates that this … Continue reading

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The Middle East in Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Capabilities

by Israel Rafalovich. He is a journalist based in Brussel, who has 50 years of experience including international postings in Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Germany and Washington,DC The Middle East is likely to face more instability in the near future and the … Continue reading

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Why Iraq’s Assyrians took up Arms

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether intentional or not, the Middle East has spent over a millennium Arabizing and Islamizing its peoples. Few know the consequences of this phenomenon better … Continue reading

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