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Iran Is America's De-Facto Ally in the War Against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.28.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Arab region will undergo a difficult and complex period ahead. The mistakes made by Arab leaders are major mistakes. The Iranian ideas have found a sponsor with Barack Hussein Obama. If only federalism could make its way to realistic Arab strategies.

'Decisive' Gulf Determined to Maintain Strategic Relationship With Washington

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The decision by King Salman bin Abdulaziz not to attend the summit two days before it convened was a political decision with serious implications, no matter how much U.S. and Saudi diplomacy try to downplay it and claim there is no message behind the king's absence.

Iranian Clarity vs. Arab and American Ambiguity

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There is little ambiguity in Iran's position regarding the mechanism and timeframe of lifting international, European, and US sanctions on Tehran following a nuclear agreement immediately after a deal is concluded and not later.

Normalization and a De-facto Alliance Between Washington and Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The United States understands the language of both immediate and strategic interests, and the Arab leaderships must speak this language fluently in light of the developments, and not with an archaic, rigid language.

Decisive Storm Has Deeply Impacted Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is necessary for the decision to intervene militarily with a ground operation in Yemen to be coupled with a plan with a political tack and a development tack with clear features and objectives for the sake of Yemen.

Decisive Storm Responds to Iranian Encroachment on the Borders of Saudi Arabia

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Are the military strikes by Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Egypt and Pakistan, part of a strategy to halt Iranian encroachment in the Arab countries, or is it just a Yemeni episode imposed by necessity?

ISIS: A Priority in the Region at the Expense of Palestine and Other Issues

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The anticipated American-Iranian deal has an implicit Palestinian/Israeli dimension that could force Tehran to change its political discourse regarding Palestine and Israel, and alter the Iranian regional policy based on compensation -- at least verbally -- for the Arab failures on Palestine.

Differences Among Iraqis Over Iran's Role in the War on ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, there is no evidence showing that Arab leaders or Sunni leaders in Arab countries, Turkey, and Pakistan have a calculated long-term strategy. The political and security strategy against the US Iranian deal and to counter Iran's regional expansion is absent both as far as the near and long terms are concerned.

Obama seeks Deal with Iran, Ignores Tehran's Regional Ambitions

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Growing concerns are accompanied by scattered coordination to the rhythm of nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran in the P5+1 framework, with a crucial deadline set to arrive on March 24.

US and Gulf Confusion in Yemen and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?

Egypt Joints the Military Effort against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Egypt entered officially and practically the war on ISIS through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against...

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.

The International Anti-ISIS Coalition Needs to Be Repaired

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is now clear that air strikes alone will not bring about the full defeat of ISIS, and that there is no alternative to a clearer and broader political and military strategy in the air and on the ground.

The Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is the Starting Point for U.S. Long-term Interests

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There are many reasons behind the scramble by the United States, both at the level of the executive branch and the legislative branch, to affirm to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Washington is determined to maintain and develop the historical relationship between the two countries.

Washington Is Well As Others Are Implicated In Their Wars

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What was absent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address was more intriguing than what he mentioned, in relation to international conditions, and the positions of the United States on them.

Another Page in the Global War on Terror

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

In the midst of these military and intelligence alliances, there is no indication that there is any willingness to admit to mistakes committed by the leaders of these countries, which contributed to spawning terrorists.

Palestine's Accession to the International Criminal Court Places Everyone Before a Test

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The choice between the two options is not a Palestinian decision exclusively. And while the consequences definitely affect Israel, they do not affect Israel exclusively either.

Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

The Doha Gulf Summit: Testimony That the GCC Has Not Fragmented

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Qatar's presidency of the GCC in 2015 will see a qualitative shift in Gulf relations and in drafting the new Arab-regional order, providing that the commitments made at the Riyadh summit are fulfilled, led by those related to the issue of Egyptian-Qatari relations.

Doha Summit a Major Turning Point in Gulf March

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

This will be the summit that will lay out new policy orientations different from the previous ones that accompanied the wave of revolutions for change in the Arab region.

Obama Faces the Test of Emerging Out of the Gray Zone

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama may be forced to move away a little from his policy of non-clarity, because he will not be able to win the war he declared against ISIS as long as he relies on mystery.

The Riyadh Summit Saves the GCC From Disintegration

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Hopefully, this is good news for the Gulf with practical manifestations to be seen in the countries of the region living in the shadow of understandings and disputes.

Negotiations with Iran between Non-Success and Non-Failure

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Despite the importance of the 24 November deadline in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, most likely, the negotiations will neither collapse nor culminate with the desired agreement by that date.

The American People Have Punished Obama For His Weakness

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Republican-dominated Congress intends to rob Obama of the means to achieve a legacy, which Obama plans to weave through the nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.