On 1 February, Masayuki Yamauchi, Professor at Meiji University, was interviewed by the Sankei Shimbun newspaper after visiting the United Arab Emirates and Iran right after Saudi Arabia had broken off diplomatic relations with Iran. According to him, the opposition is unlikely to compromise unless Bashar al-Assad's administration steps down.
Members of Western intelligence agencies believe holding talks for a peaceful settlement to the war in Syria bodes well for Israel. Active international intervention could promote stability and stave off chances of fresh hostilities. Yet, it's unlikely that the third Geneva Conference on Syria will lead to any breakthroughs
Many American observers who keep close tabs on Russia and its position in Syria would claim that President Putin is suffering significant losses at the moment. It's a view that causes confusion among those with direct contact with the diverse nature of the military conflict in the region.
Recently Egypt celebrated its fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution of 2011. There have been speculations that the Muslim Brotherhood could start a revolutionary wave through the country on the day of the anniversary of the January uprising. But these speculations are far from reality of today's Egypt.
Washington is putting enormous pressure on the European countries to prevent their rapprochement with Russia. It forced some EU states to impose economic sanctions on Moscow. But Europeans have refused to imply a new package of sanctions, because of huge losses, an increased tension and a tidal wave Europe is suffering now.
The first sitting this year of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the US Federal Reserve came off with no sensations. This may be for the better – because the last thing jittery times in world economics and finance need right now is shrill announcements.
According to the Gallup poll, 66% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Michelle Obama, that's 14% more than that of her husband. Although President Obama claimed that Michelle had no presidential ambitions, US experts believe that the First Lady would have made a good politician. Is there a possibility that Michelle is laying out her career?
The rules of the game for market players are simple – when everyone is selling, you should buy – and sell, when everyone else is buying. And most of all – never give in to the herd instinct, and keep looking ahead. This kind of market wisdom is worth heeding for Russian-American economic relations right now, too.
In December of 2015, Rand Corporation, a US think tank with ties to homeland security, released a report titled “A Peace Plan For Syria”. The report provides a solution for Syrian crisis, which entails dividing Syria and other MidEastern regions.
The implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran has marked a new era for the Islamic republic. Could this be a blank page for the US/ Iran relations? Given the state of the Middle East torn apart by wars and conflicts, the nuclear agreement implies a certain common understanding between the US and Iran.
Israeli/ Palestinian conflict remains unsettled after the US administration has made so many promises to reach a resolution. The talks of the two-state solution are now gone, and it has become clear that Washington has no plans of stopping Israel's illegal settlements on the Palestinian lands. Yet global effort to stop Israel's oppression increases
TTIP, which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US can become reality in 2016. It is not a classical free trade agreement, so what's its true purpose? One of the most common ideas is that TTIP will help to preserve the domination of the West (the US and the EU) and its democratic values in the 21 century, despite the rise of China.
Have you ever given any thought as to why the uprisings in Tunis were named the “Jasmin Revolution”, while in Kyrgyzstan the “Tulip Revolution”, and in Georgia the “Rose Revolution”? How are such revolutions set up - and what are the western organizations which lit the fuse for the chaos in the Middle East.
What role does the USAID play in contemporary Egypt after the January 25 Revolution of 2011? Contemporary experts question the US organization's ultimate goals, given that USAID has penetrated Egypt's publishing industry.