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This Occasional Paper explores Iran's foreign policy objectives through a strategic lens, considering strengths, weaknesses, and proxy relationships.
Andrei Kortunov and Malcolm Chalmers
No single power can ‘fix’ the current turmoil in the Middle East. Still, there may be scope for Russia–Europe cooperation in managing the region’s ills.
A proposal for a ‘trauma-informed’ framework to provide training and support to the Syrian White Helmets.
Saudi Arabia and Israel appear to be putting aside decades of enmity due to a fear of Iran's nuclear ambitions and its actions in the region. Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship?
As Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon, Syria seems to be reasserting its historic control over its western neighbour.
Ali Özkök and Ömer Özkizilcik
Ankara is using its military presence in northern Syria to prevent Kurdish independence and have more of a say in a post-Assad future of the country. The problem is, its main allies, Iran and Russia, are pro-Assad.
Much has been made of Saudi vulnerability to low oil prices – but these concerns may be overblown
Eduardo W Aboultaif
Historically, the Lebanese army’s neutral stance has been crucial to maintaining stability in the country – while its taking sides in political crises can precipitate violent struggles for power
Andrew Glazzard reviews Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917–1947, by Bruce Hoffman