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The “Abraham Accord” and the symbolic end of an era

The “Abraham Accord” and the symbolic end of an era

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the world heard about an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The event has been dubbed the “Abraham Accord,” and while this is not the first time Israel has entered into official diplomatic ties with an Arab country, it is still a breakthrough in many ways.

Chinese-Saudi nuclear cooperation

Chinese-Saudi nuclear cooperation

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Chinese companies assisted Riyadh in the construction of an extraction facility for uranium yellowcake, which in a highly enriched state can be used to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran’s Economy in the Face of Sanctions and Pandemic, part 2

Iran’s Economy in the Face of Sanctions and Pandemic, part 2

Since the US implemented the policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran, media reports predicting the imminent bankruptcy of the country have become more frequent. The sanctions have put Iran into recessions, but despite the alarmist and highly biased media materials, the economic situation in Iran is not dramatic and does not threaten the collapse of the regime.

Iran’s Economy in the Face of Sanctions and Pandemic, part 1

Iran’s Economy in the Face of Sanctions and Pandemic, part 1

Since the US implemented the policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran, media reports predicting the imminent bankruptcy of the country have become more frequent. The sanctions have put Iran into recessions, but despite the alarmist and highly biased media materials, the economic situation in Iran is not dramatic and does not threaten the collapse of the regime.

The Iran-Haftar links in Libya

The Iran-Haftar links in Libya

Dr Ali Bakeer analyzes the potential connections between the current commander of the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iraq: Security Sector Reform regarding paramilitary units

Iraq: Security Sector Reform regarding paramilitary units

The degrees to which the various paramilitary groups, namely from the Popular Mobilisation Forces, or ‘al-Hashd ash-Shaabi’, have been merged with or maintain autonomy within the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) has a direct relation to the de facto political situation in the Iraqi parliament.

Egypt and Ethiopia dispute the dam. Is there a real risk of conflict?

Egypt and Ethiopia dispute the dam. Is there a real risk of conflict?

Another round of negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia concerning the Ethiopian project to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile has ended with a stalemate. The dispute over the construction of a hydroelectric power plant has been going for years and neither side seems willing to make any concessions.

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