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Putin’s Syria Diplomacy Seeks to Minimize Risks for Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently been devoting considerable time and attention to diplomacy regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria.

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How America Can Influence the Syrian Conflict

Washington faces a crucial decision on Syria in the coming weeks, with massive implications for its entire Middle East agenda.

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A Sequential Framework for Iran-GCC Détente

The budding efforts between the Gulf Arab states and Iran to develop a process of détente and ease tensions are, in equal measure, important, welcome, and fragile.

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Silver Lining in the Clouds? Prospects for Trump-Putin Cooperation in the Middle East

The overall improvement in U.S.-Russian relations that the new Trump administration envisioned has not materialized as Washington and Moscow continue to disagree on a number of important issues.

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Can Moscow Be an Effective Mideast Mediator?

Moscow increasingly aspires to play the role of mediator in the Middle East, but how seriously should we take this? Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, has been attempting to mediate between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some of its opponents in negotiations in the Kazakh capital, Astana, and in Geneva.

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Why Moscow Won’t Side with Washington against Tehran

The administration of President Donald J. Trump has suggested that one of its foreign policy goals may be to attempt to persuade Russia to distance itself from Iran and even cooperate with the United States against Tehran.

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Russia’s Middle East Policy and the Trump Administration

With the Trump administration about to take office, the Russian position in the Middle East appears quite strong.

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What Hamadan Says About the Fragility of Russian-Iranian Ties

Just one week after Russian bombers began flying missions over Syria out of an Iranian air base in Hamadan, Tehran has revoked its permission for Moscow to use the base.

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The GCC View of Russia: Diminishing Expectations

Can the GCC states that are most anxious for a change in Russian policy toward Syria and Iran do anything to encourage such a shift?

Will Gulf Camping Survive the Tourism Boom?

Even as they make heavy investment in tourism projects, including in remote areas, Gulf governments will need to ensure they do not lose sight of a camping tradition that celebrates a shared heritage tied to the region's wild places.

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