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Qatar pledges huge investment in United States as part of Iran alliance

Doha, Qatar

Special to The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) announced on Oct. 19 it would invest $35 billion in the United States by 2020. The QIA’s pledge comes as Qatar’s looks to bolster its strategic alliance with the United States after […]

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Sisi takes control, eclipses Obama, restores Egypt’s regional clout

Egyptian President President Abdul Fatah Sisi at the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal. / Reuters

Special to Sol W. Sanders President Abdul Fatah Sisi is rapidly resuming Egypt’s role as leader of the Arab world, nosing out U.S. Mideast leadership under President Barrack Obama’s “leading from behind”. Initially snubbed by Obama after his military […]

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Memo to the West: Moscow’s increasing role in Syria and against the jihadist threat since 2012

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [Editor’s note: The following full-length report by Yossef Bodansky details Russia’s unambiguous response to the growing jihadist threat in Syria and the Middle East […]

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Many migrants to Europe come from Eritrea which is at peace but imploding

Eritrean migrants arrive in southern Italy. / AFP / Getty

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The aggressive opportunism of Eritrean President Isayas Afewerke is close to an implosion, but the prospect exists that the 69-year-old former revolutionary will lash out in a final attempt to reassert some regional […]

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Why the rich Gulf states won’t take refugees

Gulf states have taken in thousands fleeing Syria's war, just not as refugees.

Special to Concerned they will be overwhelmed by the social and political impact of a huge influx of refugees, wealthy Gulf states are highly unlikely to change their practice of keeping asylum seekers out. The UN convention on refugees, […]

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Qatar set to join Arab coalition in Yemen, ‘ready to fight’

Qatar has deployed 1,000 ground troops to Yemen.  /Alliance/DPA

Special to Qatar is sending 1,000 troops to join the Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. A Qatari official confirmed the deployment on Sept. 8 and said the troops, armed with heavy ground weapons, were “ready to […]

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Iran’s Zarif conducts 1-day whistle stop tour of rattled Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  /AP

Special to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a one-day, three-country Mideast tour on July 26 to defend a nuclear deal that many Arab countries are vehemently opposed to. Zarif’s charm offensive in the Gulf included stops […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Arab-Israel War ends: New strategic framework forged in reaction to Jihad, Iran, White House

Israel's Prime Minister  Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat at Camp David, Sept. 16, 1978. / Corbis

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs It is probable that history will mark early 2015 as the end of the Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which has lasted since 1948, when the modern State of […]

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New Nigerian leader faces Boko Haram threat backed by Sudan, Turkey and Qatar

Nigeria President Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. / Ben Curtis / AP

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party: PDP) on March 31, conceded defeat in the March 28-29, presidential election, paving the way for Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, 72, to be sworn-in […]

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