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Oil Prices and Strategic Implications

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA discusses recent oil prices and strategic implications. In April 2020, oil prices collapsed to their lowest level ever. Producers had to pay consumers to take oil. Since then, prices have partly recovered. This severe fluctuation raises serious concerns about the strategic implications on oil-producing countries.               Read More >

Afghanistan’s Changing Dynamics of Peace and Conflict

Ali Jalali, NESA Center, discusses four issue sets that define the security environment in Afghanistan. Regional and non-regional actors hold influence in Afghan politics, the economy is in fluctuation, and internal security remains a challenge. The remarks of Jalali, the former Afghan Minister of Interior, elucidate the situation in Afghanistan right now. The views presented Read More >

Stati Uniti: Trump, i gasdotti, la politica estera

Nell’ultimo decennio, l’industria del gas è stata interessata da cambiamenti di grande portata, che non hanno precedenti nella storia recente. La shale gas revolution negli Stati Uniti, la crescita del commercio mondiale di GNL e la costruzione di gasdotti e infrastrutture di trasporto stanno trasformando questa fonte fossile in una commodity sempre più globale. Grazie Read More >

The Gulf in a Wider Context: Outside Nation-States in the Intensifying Iranian-Arab Security Competition

Russell contends that Iran’s relations with its Arab neighbors do not take place in a hermetically sealed regional environment. Rather, both Iran and the Arab states balance one another by leveraging relationships with nation-states from outside the Gulf. He addresses the role of foreign powers in shaping Iran-Arab relations. The chapter traces the evolution of Read More >

Putin at War in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has jumped from one foreign policy adventure to the next. In 2014, he ordered the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Throughout that year,and on into 2015,he over saw a clandestine war in eastern Ukraine, backing Russian proxies there with weapons, fighters, and entire army units. As that war ground down into stalemate,Putin Read More >

The Role of Russia in Syria

The partial Russian military pull-out from Syria announced by President Vladimir Putin on March 14 continues to generate considerable commentary. Three interpretations stand out. The first sees Putin as cutting Russian losses, a view echoed by members of the Syrian opposition who have portrayed the pull-out as the result of its armed resistance, although there Read More >

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