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Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

Russian Arms, Syria and the Price of Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Clearly there is a correlation between Middle East tensions and high oil prices. Are we seeing a replay of Russian policies that solidified Iranian intransigence on matters nuclear, thereby exacerbating those tensions to bring about significantly higher oil prices?

Why Stability in Syria Matters

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

The 14-month long spate of internal violence in Syria has friends and foes equally worried over the fate of the country's future, the stability of the region and the ever-present danger of the violence spreading from Syria to its neighbors.

Politics and Policies: What's Next in the Middle East?

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Hezbollah is building training facilities in the eastern Bekaa Valley within close proximity of the Syrian border, reported a local Beirut newspaper earlier this week. Is Hezbollah preparing for the next confrontation and if so, whom do they expect to fight?