The meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states wrapped up in Astana on April 21. The participants confirmed the unanimous decision to grant full-fledged membership to India and Pakistan at the SCO Astana summit on June 8-9, 2017.
President Trump’s policy on Iran is still to be shaped. The signals sent are more than contradictory. During the election campaign, the president used to say that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was a bad deal which he would rip up when in power.
Turkish President Erdogan has won the referendum giving him wide-ranging powers to rule the country. The event will change many things. Some of them can be predicted...
Moscow has good working relations with the United States’ closest ally, which views as enemies Russia’s friends in Syria. The divisions are deep, but the relations are close. It can be achieved. Israel has done what the US has so far failed to do despite the fact that America is led by a president whose stated goal during the election campaign was to heal the relationship with Moscow. Now, why does not Washington take a page out of Israel’s book? Syria is the right place to start...
East Libyan forces led by General Khalifa Haftar are about to take control of the Tamanhent air base near the city of Sabha, which is located on the frontline between rival forces based in eastern and western Libya. The leadership of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, has ordered its forces to counter the attack. According to Libyan media outlets, heavy fighting is taking place in the area...
The Islamic State (IS) fighters are trying to flee Mosul. No doubt, the US-supported Iraqi forces will establish control over the city pretty soon. At first, IS militants will leave Iraq for the province of Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, to intensify fighting there. But with Syria no longer a safe haven, they’ll have to move elsewhere looking for weak points, like the countries of Maghreb...
The Russia threat is often used as a bogey to cover up a hidden agenda. The UK is very skilled in this craft. Today, London is playing the Russian card in the game of the Brexit talks with the EU. At first glance, this idea appears to be a real brainstorm, allowing Britain to lower the price for leaving the European Union.
The United States delivered a strike against Syria firing 59 cruise missiles overnight on April 7 in a major foreign policy reversal. The Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US ships in the Mediterranean Sea toward Shayrat airbase in the western Syrian province of Homs. The act of war was committed upon the order of the president, who once warned against US involvement in foreign conflicts.
There are signs that the United States administration is deepening its military involvement in armed conflicts abroad, indicating a military-first approach. With no loud statements made to attract public attention, the US military footprint in the Middle East is gradually increasing. The military is given more decision-making authority to conduct combat operations in the region.
The efforts of President Donald Trump to keep his word and do what he promised to do during the election campaign hit bumps. House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor on March 24 to make pro-Trump Republican supporters raise their voices, calling for Ryan’s departure. This happened after the Federal Reserve System (FRS) raised its benchmark short-term interest rate from 0, 5-0, and 75 to a range of 0, 75-1 percent on March 15. According to its forecast, there will be two more such increases this year and three in 2018...