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Poland has improved its bilateral strategic links with the US by hosting an American-inspired conference on the future of the Middle East. But the conference did nothing to improve Western coherence.
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.
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.
Sir Simon Gass
President Donald Trump’s choice of Friday the 13th for his long-awaited statement on Iran may prove prophetic.
Sneha Reddy reviews Lawrence of Arabia’s War: The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WW1, by Neil Faulkner.
Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
In Iran’s upcoming elections it is not just the presidency that is at stake, but the future of the country’s moderates.
Ewan Lawson reviews The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts, by Joshua Hammer.
A lecture by HRH Prince Turki al Faisal bin Abdulaziz al Saud on the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region.
A round-table discussion with Professor Bulent Aras, Sabanci University, Istanbul and Dr Emirhan Yorulmazlar, Fellow, John Hopkins School.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, RUSI’s Under 35s Forum a panel discussion on the role of women in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction