Category: Regions

US’ Main Target in Syria is Iran, ISIS Comes Second

By: Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR The common thread running through the two major ‘hot spots’ in the Middle East today – the conflicts in Syria and Libya – is undoubtedly the threat to international security from the extremist groups operating in these...

The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East

By Ellie Geranmayeh & Kadri Liik SUMMARY Iran-Russia relations have reached an unprecedented peak, fueled by military cooperation in Syria, a shared vision of the global order, and mutual criticism of Western policy in the Middle East. Tehran is a...

What Makes Libya A Perfect Place for Terrorists?

By: Wolfgang Pusztai At this year’s Security Conference in Munich, the European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini named Ukraine and Libya as her top priorities. She explained, “In Libya there is the perfect mix ready to explode and in case...

Mali’s Persistent Jihadist Problem

By CHRISTOPHER CHIVVIS Four years ago, French forces intervened in Mali, successfully averting an al Qaeda-backed thrust toward the capital of Bamako. The French operation went a long way toward reducing the threat that multiple jihadist groups posed to this...