Is Russia really withdrawing from Syria?

While Putin’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria was to convey the message that Russia had won the war and is withdrawing most of its military personnel, the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2018 and Putin, naturally, wants his “victories” to serve him in the election.

Post-Saleh Scenarios in Yemen

The assassination of Ali Abdullah Saleh has driven the Saudi-Iran proxy war on to a different level, and there is no doubt that the Riyadh administration will intensify military operations in Yemen.

The post-Kirkuk Operation KRG–Baghdad Relations: The Future Status of Barzani

Following the resignation of Masoud Barzani as president of the KRG, relations between the Baghdad and KRG administrations have entered a new era in which the semi-independent status of the KRG has become something of the past. The much spoken about Kurdish ascendance in the Middle East has inevitably proved to be a mirage.

Where will the Saudi Plane Crash?

Announced on November 4, the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri shook the country and sent a shock wave across the region. Saudi Arabia’s offensive against Iran is now expanding on all fronts with all the relevant risks. But does the young Crown Prince, at the initiative of this strategy, have the means of his policy?