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Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
While we are just a few hours before the final results of the US presidential election between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Republican nominee Donald Trump, observers can state views on the implications of the election of each of the candidates in the Middle East and which of its countries will be happy and which will be in trouble.
03/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
This peace agreement between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain was presented by the American and Israeli media as well as the two Arab countries, as the most important of the last decades. But the Middle East observers are facing a difficult test on how to present it and analyse what follows, given that this peace deal was made between countries that are not in a real state of conflict or war.
01/10/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
The national identity of Lebanon was created after World War I, when in 1918, the famous British-French agreements – named after their engineers, the Englishman, Mike Sykes and the Frenchman, Francis-Georges Picot – divided the Middle East between France and Great Britain, following the principle 'divide et impera'.
12/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
On the 13th of August President Donald Trump announced that, following a personal initiative, managed by the presidential advisor Jared Kushner, there have been negotiations between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Bin Zayed, and that they have agreed the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
16/08/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
Military coups in Turkey are common for the Turkish citizen. But the one on July 16, 2016 was the first time that the Turkish people decided to play a role in determining the fate of this coup.
30/07/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
With Trump's arrival at the White House and in the light of his statements and promises as part of his campaign, many believed that the Iranian regime, with all its military forces, security and militia apparatuses, would be in front of hell, as was the case with the Ba'athist regime in Baghdad earlier this century. In fact, his foreign policy during the first months of his presidency confirmed what he promised. The nuclear deal touted by the Obama administration as a major achievement, with a Trump signature, has become a reflection. He then made a number of steps to hit Tehran
16/07/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
The Turkish Defense Ministry announced the launch of two military operations aimed at military posts of the PKK and Yazidi militias linked to it, in the Sinjar, Qandil, Makhmur and Haftanin areas, during which Turkish army used its air force, including drones.
10/07/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
On the night of the 25th of March 2015 a multinational coalition consisting of 150,000 people, led by Saudi Arabia, started a devastating war in Yemen.
In the five years of armed conflict, the structure of the Yemeni front has been defined by its mobility, volatility and by the temporary lines between the combatants.
07/07/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
The 10th of June 2020 marked the 20-year anniversary of the death of the former Syrian president, after almost 30 years of governing that ended with his son, Bashar Al-Assad, being instated as supreme leader. It marked the first Arab hereditary republic in the Middle East and ensured the continuity of the Al-Assad Alawite family at the control board of absolute power over Syria and its society.
Today, the anniversary of the death of the former Syrian leader chronologically marks 20 years since Bashar Al-Assad started governing Syria, as well as 50 years since the Assad family have been its supreme leaders – the longest gerontocracy in the modern history of the Arab Middle East and Maghrib.
15/06/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
On the 24th of May 2020, the day after the Sabbath, the trial of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started in the Jerusalem District Court. The one who indicted Netanyahu was Avichai Mandelblit, the Attorney General.
Netanyahu has reasons for concern, as his trial will be neither easy, nor swift and it could stretch for months or even years.
15/06/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Various
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