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The accidental downing
of a Russian military plane by Syrian anti-missile defense, which coincided
with Israeli air force jets’ presence in the area, highlights the danger of the
increasingly open proxy warfare between Israel and Iran. The number of parties
involved – Israel, Russia, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah – points to the risk of
the drawn-out Syrian conflict exploding into full-fledged regional war.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
Dr. Udo Steinbach
the effects of reimposed U.S. sanctions are beginning to be felt in Iran, oil
markets’ reaction has been measured. Tehran’s oil minister hopes that increased
business with China will help his country protect its global market share.
Dr. Carole Nakhle
The United Arab Emirates is part of a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in Yemen. But recently, it has become clear that Abu Dhabi’s and Riyadh’s goals are diverging. While both the Emiratis and Saudis want to roll back Iran’s growing influence in the region, the UAE wants to divide Yemen, so it can gain more control around critical access points to the Red Sea. The tensions that will arise will further complicate the Yemen conflict.
Anonymous GIS Expert
of the most frequently asked questions about President Donald Trump’s foreign
policy is what it plans to do about Europe. The answer to that is now clearer,
though not necessarily the disaster for transatlantic relations that the G7
summit in Quebec appeared to be. What Washington has in mind is unsettling
enough – regional stability and security, yes, but through bilateral
engagement, and with much more combative economic policies.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
the past couple of decades, Europe has been quick to criticize the United
States – especially when the man in the White House was not someone to European
leaders’ liking. Nevertheless, Europe has not shied away from accepting U.S.
protection. This hypocrisy is taking a toll on the Western alliance and
undermining European and American interests around the globe.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein